Today is one of those days I wish more Americans would take more seriously.
Veterans Day honors the men and women who have served in the armed forces of the United States, helping to protect our country and keep it free — so that we’re able to enjoy wonderful wines like those featured by Vinesse.
It should not be treated merely as an excuse for a day off from work, or a reason to fire up the barbecue one last time before putting it into mothballs for the winter.
It should be a day of reflection, and a day to thank the men and women who have put their lives on the line in a very dangerous world.
A few years ago, wine writer Ray Isles put together a list of wines made by vintners who also happen to be veterans. You can see that list here: http://www.foodandwine.com/blogs/2012/11/7/wines-by-veterans
While the vintages shown are now out of the marketplace, for the most part, there’s still a way to honor these winemakers, as well as all the other men and women who have served our country.
Tonight, either before or with dinner, open a bottle of wine and raise a glass to America’s veterans.
We owe them a lot, and we should never forget that.
I wish Veterans Day was a day that was more recognized than it is currently. This is a day to honor those who signed a blank check in order to protect what we hold so near and dear.