In addition to writing most of the Declaration of Independence, the second Vice President of these United States, and the third full-on President, Thomas Jefferson was apparently one of the country’s first prominent wine enthusiasts. He imported and bottled good French wine, created a vineyard at Monticello, and collected some rather nice bottles of Lafitte, one of which was sold at auction for over $150,000 back in the ’80s. They won’t be serving any of that at the Thomas Jefferson Wine Festival, which runs from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. at Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest (1542 Bateman Bridge Rd.). But they will have some excellent wines from Rebec, Peaks of Otter, Lake Anna Winery, and many more local vintners, including, of course, Jefferson Vineyards. There will also be food and craft vendors. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door, and designated drivers can grab a non-drinking ticket for $10. Click here for tickets and info, or call (434) 525-1806.