Men of Prominence And Their Obsession With Wine: Part One.
Throughout history, wine has been consumed to celebrate, commemorate, and even mourn. You cannot watch any historical film or documentary without the inclusion of win, and we think that’s a good thing. It is why we thought it would be interesting to open up the history books (or browse Wikipedia) and identify some of the most prominent figures in Western history–and their love affair with wine.
Our cherished founding father and 3rd American president was introduced to wine through fortified wines like Port and Sherry. But it wasn’t until after a trip to France in 1784 when he truly fell in love with the lighter wines of Bordeaux and Burgundy, and collected them the rest of his life. A true pioneer of wine, Jefferson built a vast cellar while in the White House, as well as at his Monticello home in Virginia. He spent a great deal of time trying to grow European grape varieties–Vitis vinifera–at Monticello, and also experimented with native grape varieties belonging to the species Vitis labrusca.
“We could in the United States make as great a variety of wines as are made in Europe, not exactly of the same kinds, but doubtless as good.” (One of Jefferson’s most notable wine related quotes.)
Throwing off the yoke of tyranny can really make one thirsty. Jefferson made sure that wine was as commonplace as wearing powdered wigs, though it’s a good thing wine is the one thing that stuck.