Thanksgiving Picks from Ben Jordan

November 12, 2020

You’ve got plenty to handle on your day of feasting and sharing special moments with your family; we’ll help out with the wine selection and getting these delicious bottles to you.

Select our Thanksgiving Trio or any 3+ bottles in our online shop and shipping is complimentary.

Ben's Thanksgiving Selections:

If you read our member club letters, you know that the holiday season is a special time for those of us who work with the rhythm of agriculture. All the labors of the growing season peak with the intense work of picking grapes and transforming them into wine. This season, with its record-long growing season and harvest and steady stream of curveballs was certainly no different. Come November, we are exhausted, maybe a little (blissfully) out of touch with what's going on in the world, and we are hungry. Whatever we lost during harvest, our bodies are set on regaining, and with the heat of the summer all but gone, we are primed for the feast ... and we crave time with our families and celebration, even if it will be a bit more intimate this year.

Since we make wine, we are excited to open bottles and toast this vintage with the bottles from past harvests. For Thanksgiving, we tend to want to drink American wine, which is easier now than it ever has been. I'll make the argument that Virginia's wine offerings are some of the more holiday flexible wines around. With moderate alcohols, an emphasis on poise over power, and a diverse selection of wine styles, we can make a go at complimenting the complexity of the Thanksgiving table.

And perhaps no bottle brings greater versatility than our Petit Manseng/Sauvignon Blanc blend, Five Forks – its vibrant fruit and racy acidity both brightens and wraps around the complex dishes on our Thanksgiving tables. With the added richness of the 2019 vintage, it can truly stand up to most any dish. For those seeking a red option Soif brings the same red fruit and versatility of Beaujolais, or other Gamay expressions. And our 2018 Chardonnay offers a balance of acid and fruit that makes us select this vintage over the riper 2019 for the table.

In the end, the most important wine pairing of the holidays is your guest and a glass of something they like, so there is never a better time to have an assortment on hand. In the interest of making the wine part of holiday meal prep a little easier, here are the bottles of Early Mountain wine that we think work particularly well with the coming feasts.

- Ben Jordan, Winemaker

Early Mountain launches RISE 2015

September 13, 2018

Early Mountain Vineyards is pleased to announce the release of RISE, a new luxury wine from Virginia, crafted in the style of a Bordeaux grand vin. RISE blends Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, and Tannat from the winery’s flagship Quaker Run vineyard to create this elegant and age-worthy wine.

Jean Case who opened Early Mountain Vineyards in 2012 with her husband, Steve Case, commented, “Right from the start at Early Mountain, we dreamed of producing a wine that could stand side by side with the great wines of the world. Our 2015 vintage was the first to offer us that opportunity, proving that patience pays. RISE is an expression of our dedication to quality and excellence, and a reflection of our talented winemaking team including our winemaker, Ben Jordan, and our wine consultant, Paul Hobbs.  It is with great pleasure that we now share this special wine with the world.”

“Having worked with Jean and the Early Mountain team since the beginning, I’ve been proud to be part of this incredible journey,” said Hobbs. “RISE showcases both the essence of the Quaker Run vineyard, as well as Ben and the team’s focus and dedication; it demonstrates that Virginia has taken its place amongst the great regions of the world.”

Early Mountain winemaker, Ben Jordan, shared his thoughts on their newest release, “RISE takes the very best that the terroir of our Quaker Run vineyards, on the southern side of Doubletop Mountain, has to offer. RISE sets a new bar in Virginia for style, character, and elegance, with truly special textural and aromatic qualities.”

RISE is available nationally through the Early Mountain website and at select retailers and restaurants in New York, Virginia, and Washington, D.C., at the time of release.

Best of Virginia Wine Program Expands With Two New Offerings at Early Mountain

February 21, 2013

At Early Mountain, we are proud of the growing wine community within Virginia and it is a core part of our mission to showcase the established winemakers who have crafted our region's world-class wines. We are pleased to welcome two esteemed Virginia wineries, RdV Vineyards and Glen Manor Vineyards as the newest addition to the Best of Virginia program curated here at Early Mountain. The Best of Virginia program works to increase awareness and build market demand for Virginia wines across the United States and globally.

This curated selection of wines in the program is a rewarding way to elevate, celebrate and champion the finest Virginia wine. Wines from RdV and Glen Manor will be showcased alongside the partner wines already featured in our tasting rooms at Early Mountain. We invite our guests to sample flights of their bottles,along side those of Ankida Ridge, Barboursville, Breaux, Chatham, King Family, Linden and Thibaut-Janisson.

Both RdV and Glen Manor have received numerous accolades for their signature wines. Led by Rutger de Vink, RdV Vineyard has taken on the challenge of creating a Virginia Bordeaux-style wine and thrived. His 2009 Lost Mountain received 18 of 20 points by Jancis Robinson, Master of Wine. Glen Manor Vineyards' 2009 Hodder Hill Meritage, crafted by winemaker Jeff White, was recently awarded the 2012 Virginia Governor's Cup, praised for its "dark and refined flavors" heavily featuring Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot grapes. We invite you to stop by our tasting room to sample the wines from our newest partners in the coming weeks and celebrate the best wines from across our region.