Colonial Williamsburg now has a new Private Brand wine made from local Virginia grapes produced by Prince Michel Winery. Varieties include chardonnay, merlot, cabernet sauvignon and a foundation reserve made from a blend of merlot and cabernet created especially for Colonial Williamsburg. The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation operates the world’s largest living history museum in Williamsburg, Virginia—the restored 18th-century capital of Britain’s largest, wealthiest, and most populous outpost of empire in the New World. The new Colonial Williamsburg Private Brand joins the Williamsburg Inn Private Brand wine, which is produced from grapes from California’s Napa Valley.
Colonial Williamsburg chefs and beverage staff tasted more than 50 different wines from across Virginia before selecting Prince Michel.
According to an article in the Williamsburg Yorktown Daily “We gave our distributors the criteria we were looking for in the wines, and then we blind tasted the selections so no winery was given any preferential treatment,” said Williamsburg Lodge executive chef Rhys Lewis.
Tasters didn’t know which wineries didn’t make the cut.
At a recent “Wine, Wit and Wisdom,” which is a wine tasting and pairing Lewis holds each Saturday at the Lodge, participants unknowingly sampled the new Colonial Williamsburg Foundation Reserve blend and rated it as good as or better than the California wines served that evening.