It's been called the birthplace of American wine, thanks to Thomas Jefferson. Like so many distinctions in American heritage, the Monticello AVA wine region in Virginia has Jefferson's fingerprints all over it and it's one of this summer's most exciting wine-tasting destinations.
Thibaut-Janisson ‘Blanc de Chardonnay’ Sparkling Wine, Virginia $34
2015 Michael Shaps Petit Manseng, Monticello, Virginia $30 When I tasted this deeply-hued white, I was blown away by its complexity and uniqueness.
King Family Vineyards’ 2014 Meritage joins 11 other Virginia wines to comprise the 2018 Governor’s Cup Case®
Virginia Wine Country
My family has roots in Virginia, so I have been interested to follow the evolution of the state's wine industry. Winegrowing here began as something of a hobbyist endeavor in the late 1970s; many vintners had little background in wine, and for some, it was not their main business. It has since grown into a thriving industry, with more than 250 wineries contributing around $1.37 billion annually to the state's economy, according to Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe.
Do friends call you “Marilyn Merlot”? Is #RoséAllDay your summertime motto? Then this wine guide is for you. We’d like to thank the first person who suggested drinking fermented grape juice, but that was ages ago. Instead, let’s honor their legacy with sommelier-inspired sojourns to the best wine regions in the United States.