Election season is upon us and what greater time to celebrate our freedoms and the right to imbibe than with wine? The Federalist is ready. Each wine from The Federalist collection features a different founding father and is perfect for non-partisan drinking.
The Federalist collection of varietals were created to honor the founding fathers. As such, the company began with its flagship Visionary Zinfandel featuring the man who pioneered The Federalist Party, Alexander Hamilton.
It then expanded with its Dueling Pistols Red Blend, memorializing the duel in which Hamilton was mortally wounded by the Vice President of the United States, Aaron Burr.
Since then, it created a Chardonnay featuring the Statue of Liberty, a Cabernet Sauvignon featuring Ben Franklin, a Zinfandel featuring George Washington and an Honest Red Blend featuring Abraham Lincoln.
Its newest addition to the Federalist family is the Bourbon Barrel-Aged Zinfandel from Mendocino County. Aged in real bourbon barrels for six months, this wine portrays Alexander Hamilton, who met his demise at the end of a smoking barrel in the most famous duel in American history.
To make it a real party on election night, or any night honestly, Dan Dunn, author of American Wino: A Tale of Reds, Whites and One Man’s Blues and spokesman for The Federalist, has some recommendations for pairing a couple of these wines.
Pair The Federalist Chardonnay with jumbo lump crab cakes, Dunn recommends.
“The crisp lemony acidity of the wine harmonizes with the sweetness of the crab meat,” he adds. “While the wine certainly has some oak oomph to it, the wood notes aren’t overpowering to the succulent flavor of the crab.”
The Federalist Bourbon Barrel Aged Zinfandel pairs well with steak, says Dunn. “Zinfandel is often called ‘America’s grape,’ which makes it the perfect varietal to enjoy on a day when at least half the eligible voters in this country exercise their most precious right,” he adds. “As for the other half, well, no wine for you!” he jokes.
The Federalist’s Bourbon Barrel Aged Zinfandel is brimming with robust fruity flavors that mesh nicely with savory meat, according to Dunn. “It’s not over extracted, either,” he adds. “The wine lets the flavor of the steak come through rather than blowing it out.”
The Federalist wines are available at local retailers across the country as well as online to ship to friends who might need an adult beverage to get them through election day.