Illustration by Kathryn Rathke.
We don’t usually think of wine and the US military as going hand in hand (I doubt many of our guys are pouring themselves glasses of Napa Cabernet while on duty in Afghanistan), but there are actually a quite a few top-notch winemakers who also served in one of the branches of the armed forces. Why not buy one of the wines they’ve made and lift a toast to them—and everyone else who’s a veteran this week?
2011 Hogue Columbia Valley Riesling ($10)
Hogue’s white winemaker Jim Mills served in both the US Army and in the National Guard. Tree fruit flavors—apricot and peach—plus a modest amount of sweetness make this easy-drinking white ideal for aperitifs.
2011 Dunham Cellars Three Legged Red ($19)
Washington State winemaker Eric Dunham spent four years in the US Navy before returning home to Walla Walla to start his eponymous winery; he’s now producing some of the best reds in the area. This juicy Cabernet blend is named for his dog, Port, whom Dunham rescued from a pit bull attack when Port was a stray puppy.