April 12, 2016
Did you know Thomas Jefferson was the third President of the United States? Okay, you probably knew that, but did you also know that he was a total wine geek? No, really. Here are some fun facts about our fellow wine-lover.
- He took a little break (a few months) while serving as a diplomat in France to tour the wine regions. He traveled anonymously and changed horses a few times throughout his journey to keep it that way.
- His taste for fine wines didn’t go away during his presidency. While in the White House, he racked up a $10,000 wine bill in his first term alone. That would be around $190,000 today.
- Even after his presidency came to an end, he still had a hand in wines at the White House. He served as wine advisor to Presidents Adams, Madison, and Monroe.
- Not too surprisingly, he wanted taxes on wine to stay low. He’s quoted saying, “No nation is drunken where wine is cheap; and none sober, where the dearness of wine substitutes ardent spirits as the common beverage.”
- He experimented for many years to grow his own grapes and make wine. He had two vineyards at Monticello.
Cheers to Thomas Jefferson; he may have been the third president, but he was one of America’s first wine geeks!