Reason to Celebrate: Meridian Prime Owner and Founder, Ross Toombs discusses becoming a citizen of the United States

Last week I became a naturalized citizen of the United States, and what an amazingly proud moment it was in my life.

During the oath ceremony the MC made a comment that resonated so strongly with why I started Meridian Prime. He said (and I am paraphrasing here) that becoming a U.S. citizen did not mean that we had to forget about the country that we came from, or to forget about our traditions and cultures. He encouraged us to bring our traditions and cultures with us, and to share these with others as this was one of the things that makes America great.  Meridian Prime is an embodiment of that ideal, to share the culture and wines of South Africa with wine lovers in the United States.

South Africa is an incredible country.  The beauty is unrivaled, the people are some of the friendliest and most welcoming you could ever meet, and the wines are quite simply sublime.  Unfortunately, many Americans will never get the opportunity to travel to my motherland and experience the beauty of its landscape or its people, but I can introduce them to the wonderful wines that are a product of both the land and the people.

Wine is not just a product of grapes.  Wine embodies the soils of the land, the radiance of the sunlight that warms the vines, the care of the hands that nurture and harvest these vines and the passion of the winemakers that craft and architect the wine.  Every bottle holds the essence of the country and its people within its glassy memorial, just waiting to be opened, released and savored.

When I drink a bottle of our South African wine, I can close my eyes and smell the distinctive African earth, feel the warmth of the sun on my cheeks and the smell of the ocean breeze.  I feel my hands moving through the wavy green grass, I hear the songs of the abundant bird-life and I see the heart-warming smiles of the people that I’ve met. South Africa is a country that fills your heart with joy.

It is with great pride that we present the Meridian Prime portfolio for your enjoyment. And we hope that when you taste our wines that every sip will either take you back to the South Africa that you have experienced, or make you desire to visit there someday soon.

-Ross Toombs