In our March/April Southern Issue, writer Amy Zavatto explores Virginia’s ever-growing wine scene, which has come a long way since Jefferson’s winemaking experiments at Monticello. Today’s Drink of the Week, the 2008 Cabernet Franc Reserve from Veritas Vineyards and Winery, is an example of Virginia wine at its best. Located at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Veritas Vineyards and Winery was founded by the Hodson family in 2002 and maintains its family-run ethos today with wife Patricia tending to the vines, father-daughter team Andrew and Emily crafting the wine, and youngest daughter Chloe managing the estate’s special events. Their reserve Cabernet Franc is aromatic with notes of black pepper and violets, flavors of ripe berries, currants and cherries, and a kiss of toasted vanilla on the finish, thanks in part to its 18 months spent in French oak. $29, veritaswines.com
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