Vice President Joe Biden and Veritas Vineyard owner Andrew Hodson.
"I was terribly proud to have my wine served," says winemaker Emily Pelton.
Courtesy Emily Pelton
Last week, the folks at Veritas Vineyard & Winery in Afton had a challenge and an honor– serving up their wine at a State Department luncheon with the Prime Minister of England David Cameron, Vice President Joe Biden, and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
"Veritas Wines were used in a toast to Prime Minister Cameron, which we are pleased as punch about," says winemaker Emily Pelton.
The daughter of Veritas owners Andrew and Patricia Hodson, Pelton has won a gold medal in the Governor's Cup for her 2010 Vintner's Reserve, but she was really bedazzled by what happened in Washington.
"It was a breathtaking event, and I was terribly proud to have my wine served," she says. "My parents are both from England, so it was doubly special to be there."
As Veritas Viognier 2011 and Claret 2010 were served, Pelton says she spotted former Secretary of State Colin Powell and Senator John Kerry and had a chance to speak to Biden and Clinton, but it was an exchange she had with Biden that she treasures.
"Dad was taking pictures, and it was kind of obvious," recalls Pelton, "so I apologized to Vice President Biden and said, 'I’m so sorry; that is my Dad.' He stopped and told me a very detailed story about when he was in the middle of the most famous trial of his career and his mother called specifically to tell him that he was missing a button on his shirt. The moral of the story was that your parents are always there, and they are constantly embarrassing you… but only because they are so stinking proud of you."