The Case of Wine: Monticello Wine Company

23 Sep

Its currently 8:30 am, and I say its time for some wine!

No, I’m not a lush, it’s just today’s topic.

Although as I learned yesterday, its “OK” to drink before noon- as long as its not tequila- just ask Patti.

Unfortunately, I’m fairly certain that none of us would want to drink the wine I’m presenting to you today, so lets just enjoy their stories and their artful label decorations instead.

Monticello Wine Company

If you’ve ever driven an extremely backwards way into downtown, you’ve seen the historical marker for the Monticello Wine Company (across McIntire Road from the baseball field & recycling center).  The marker, and a collection of bottles  are all that currently remain of the Monticello Wine Company.  The building burned in a fire in 1937, but if you take a walk through the neighborhood, you will notice street names like “Wine Street” and “Wine Cellar Court” which clearly hearken back to the former winery.

Extra V. Claret, Monticello Wine Company.

Label, Extra V. Claret, Monticello Wine Company.

Extra Virginia Claret was Monticello’s most popular wine, even winning an international award in 1873 at the Vienna Exposition .  It was produced with Norton grapes, as are several well known Monticello region wines today.

Fine Old Port Type, Monticello Wine Company.

Label, Fine Old Port Type, Monticello Wine Company.

Spoiler Alert!

Join me on Monday for a continuation of this series, featuring some recent history, a clever woman, and of course, more wine!

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