For all you wine drinkers out there, here’s a very handsome bottle: Terlato Wines International’s Federalist Visionary Zinfandel.
The website’s explanation for the use of Hamilton’s image states:
The roots of Zinfandel began to take hold in the United States just as the Federalists were establishing our nation’s independence. This Dry Creek Valley Federalist Zinfandel is an ode to this noble grape, and a celebration of its decidedly American origin. The robust fruit, bright berry fruit character and lively acidity speak to the distinct characteristics of these bold, strong vines that are inseparably intertwined with the history of the United States itself
The description of the wine states:
Our Dry Creek Federalist Zinfandel is hand-crafted to bring out the true individuality of the Zinfandel grape. The Dry Creek Valley has unique characteristics that make it especially well-suited for cultivation of this hearty, decidedly American grape. The valley receives pronounced afternoon heat, but our vines are also cooled by the night air that creeps up the Russian River Valley from the waters of the Pacific Ocean, producing evening and early morning fog. Our vineyard enjoys the luxury of extended “hang time,” which produces more mature fruit, and results in rich, full-bodied flavor characteristics. The Federalist Zinfandel has robust fruit with bright berry fruit character, and its lively acidity allows it to partner well with a wide variety of foods.
Here is a review of the wine from Notes from the Cellar. Here is a website with information where you can find this wine near you. I still haven’t tried it, but will report back when I do…if I can bring myself to open the bottle!
The company also makes two other Federalist variations: a Federalist chardonnay dedicated to John Adams, and a Dueling Pistols wine referencing the duel between Hamilton and Burr. The description for the dueling pistols wine states:
Since dueling is no longer socially acceptable, we suggest solving differences over a glass of this “dual” of zinfandel and syrah. This wine exhibits bright cherry jam aromas, with big fruit flavors enhanced by hints of spice and lively acidity.