Fine Wine, Closer to Home

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

The Nov. 23 Food section contained a number of helpful recommendations on how to have a greener planetary "footprint" this Thanksgiving. I noticed that you recommended that those living on the East Coast buy wines from France and that those living west of a certain line should buy wines from California's Napa Valley, based on a study of how much greenhouse gases are generated in shipping wine. Having recently moved to Virginia after living for 30 years in the San Francisco Bay area, may I make another suggestion? Virginia wines are really very good.

After all those years of enjoying wonderful Napa Valley wines, we now live in the Central Virginia wine region and were very pleasantly surprised to find some marvelous wines there. I recommend them wholeheartedly.

Since nearly every state has a local wine industry, maybe you should encourage people to try some of their own local wines. You might be pleasantly surprised to find a gem of a wine right in your own backyard.

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