I have always liked calling our former president Thomas Jefferson, Mr. Jefferson. I feel even more so of that after having walked through his place of residence and eating grapes out of his vineyards.
Had a splendid time on an absolutely gorgeous day in the beautiful city of Charlottesville, VA touring the grounds, gardens, and house of Monticello. Many local growers and vendors were set up on the grounds. Mr. Jefferson had put cutting edge technology (for the turn of the 19th century) in his home. The only thing I didn’t like about the whole day was that they didn’t allow any photography while in the house. I just wanted to take photos of his library. They would have made cool photographs.
I did try some beautiful merlot vinegar from Virginia Vinegar Works. To quote Jay and Steph Rostow, owners of VVW, they want to “increase the clout of the local wine industry through their value-added products and introduce Virginians to a new way to enjoy wine with their food.” (Flavor, Aug/Sept 2010). The merlot vinegar wasn’t as sharp as I was expecting it to be, but just sweet and bright. Exactly what vinegar should be. They were so accomodating and comfortable talking with the folks that stopped by their booth.
The most impressive, organized, and gorgeous thing of the day was the gardens of Mr. Jefferson. Systematicall laid out, well thought out, and still growing bountiful supply of fruits, vegetables, and herbs.
Enjoy the pictures. Go next year.