LaBelle Winery in Amherst has released new “First in the Nation” red and white wines meant to honor and celebrate New Hampshire’s status as the first state in the nation to hold a primary election in the U.S. Presidential race.
First in the Nation red is a blend of cabernet franc and noiret grape varietals, resulting in a wine with dry, bold and savory dark fruit notes with loads of pepper on the palate and a rich tannin structure. First in the Nation red has been barrel aged for 1 to 2 years.
French oak-aged chardonnay grapes lend First in the Nation white traditional buttery notes. Blended with vidal blanc, this wine is dry and versatile, and has a buttery nose with crisp acidity and floral tones.
“Without regard to politics, LaBelle Winery has created these new wines as a way to celebrate the spirit of New Hampshire being ‘First in the Nation.’ In our state, we have the opportunity to become intimately familiar with those seeking the highest office in the land. It’s amazing that roughly 1 in 4 New Hampshire residents can actually meet a presidential candidate,” says Amy LaBelle, co-owner and winemaker. “We have a unique responsibility in New Hampshire to set the tone for the nation’s presidential primaries, and we take that responsibility seriously.”