McDonnell recently sent a letter to all Virginia business and industry leaders touting his "Choose the Commonwealth" initiative, asking them to seek out Virginia products. McDonnell said he features Virginia wines and other locally grown and produced food and beverage products during events at the Executive Mansion.Whenever I travel to see friends I always bring them a bottle of Virginia wine. I am proud of the work that Virginia winemakers have done in a very short period of time and I think it is important for the rest of the world to know that.
McDonnell recognized the Northern Virginia Technology Council, which has a Virginia-only wine policy for all its events.
Agriculture Secretary Todd Haymore asked residents to share Virginia's wine and specialty foods with friends and colleagues here and abroad.
Realistically, Virginia does not produce enough wine to sell all over the world, but that doesn't mean that the wine can't compete on a world stage, because it can. And, I say this as someone who has tried, and loves, some of the most famous wines in the world.
Okay, I'll get off my soapbox now. I hope you all have a great weekend, filled with lots of wine :).