OF WINE AND THE CONSTITUTION
By Michael Hepworth
Known as the Father of the American Constitution and
the birthplace of his democratic progressive thoughts and rights of
people, Thomas Jefferson’s home in
was also the birthplace of wine industry in
itself is the major tourist attraction in the area, and even on a rainy
midweek day it was pretty crowded with a 2 hour wait to get onto the tour
of the house and grounds. There is enough to see in the main museum area
however, starting out with a 20 minute film describing
’s luxurious but extremely productive lifestyle at his house.
Jefferson was an architect amongst his many other accomplishments,
and designed and built the house over a 40 year period based on the
drawings of famed Italian architect Andrea Palladio.the house remains one
of the top 25 tourist attractions in America, and for a more comprehensive
view of the nations third president this is the place to go.
A local restaurant in Keswick Hall called,
Fossett’s is a strong supporter of the wineries, that usually are
restricted to between 4,000-8,000 cases a year. I tried a 2007 Petit
Verdot from the Jefferson Winery, which in a way is a substitute for
Pinot-Noir, which unfortunately does not grow in
, and found it a perfect complement for the gamy taste of the lamb.
Fossett’s is a classy and elegant restaurant with a multitude of
interesting and unique food pairings, and the knowledge of the servers and
waiters is very impressive. This is a strong and powerful fruity wine with
heavy tannins that is making a slight comeback amongst wine producers.
Thomas Jefferson would no doubt enjoy the fact that his namesake
winery is cultivating the grape in its experimental plantings. The
restaurant also features signature cocktails including the spectacular
Lighthouse, (Mandarin Vodka, Cointreau, lime juice and blood orange).
701 Club Drive
Daily 6:00-9.30 pm
open for breakfast/lunch