As you may or may not know, HTG works in the agricultural sector of our country’s economic engine. (How appropriate for a history lover to work with what is TRULY the world’s oldest profession, right?)
As part of my duties, I recently found myself in Richmond, Virginia, stopping there for an excuse to drink Virginia’s finest fermented grapes an agribusiness meeting and reception.
And by agribusinesses, I mean that we were celebrating all of the wineries big and small farms that make up the largest part of Virginia’s economy and workforce. Seriously, whether you like wine or not, it’s pretty likely that you like to eat. And Virginia’s farmers have an economic impact of over $55billion, providing over 357.000 jobs within the Commonwealth.
Some of those jobs belong to friendly sommeliers.
Virginia has lots of agriculture, and lots of history. It has lots of history that involves agriculture. Thomas Jefferson–statesman, politician, architect–was most proud of his agricultural pursuits (“I am become the most industrious and ardent farmer” he wrote to Madame de Tesse.) If you’ve visited Monticello, you know that he spent more time on his garden than he did on his finances.
Anyway, thinking of TJ and all his fellow patriots, I made an impassioned “Give me Chardonnay or give me death!” speech right before the reception ended (Patrick Henry? A Virginian, of course).
If you prefer wine to death as well, you can learn more about local wineries at http://www.virginiawine.org/.