:)) Not really, but he kept a wonderful and varied choices of wine in his personally designed wine cellar. As a statesman and our country's president, he had many distinguished guests (some stayed for months on end!) and during supper and late night fireside chats, they enjoyed in his taste of fine wines. he designed a special dumb-waiter that brought wine and beer up from his cellar to both sides of the fireplace in the dining room, as well as to various personal spaces in the sleeping quarters on the upper levels of the home in Montecello. Quite interesting actually, and his personally designed and built structures of pulleys and space-saving conveyances for wine bottles, was nothing short of amazing!
the tour of the wine cellar revealed a listing of his favorite wine choices that he kept stocked, as well as his own brand of home-made beers and wines. In the South, we have a wonderful grape called the Scuppernong, that makes for a very nice wine, and well known to home brewers here. Montecello had its own brewery that made and bottled it own recipes for wines made from local fruits harvested from the vast Jefferson estate. Jefferson also liked French wines and apparently he kept quite a stock, as it was well known that Jefferson enjoyed serving the best to his guests. the tour of Montecello's wine cellar lists his favorites: Chateau's Margaux, Latour, Haut-Brion, and Lafite, Champagnes, Bordeaux, and Burgandy, Rousillon, Rivesaltes, Limoux, Ledanon, and Montepulcaino, plus his own brands. That must have been quite a undertaking to keep his wine cellar stocked considering how far European wines had to be shippec, literally, to get to Virginia back in those days, as well as how well the bottles must have been packed to make those ocean voyages!
While the Virginian visit to my sister's was great in itself, the tour of Montecello was a high point (along with the colorful leaves in October), as it made me wonder what wines must grace the tables of our country's president of today; that would make a great story, wouldn't it! When Jefferson died, he left a great debt- he may have been land-rich, but he was very cash- poor! His presidental budget came from his own pockets-Imagine THAT!!!!; which only served to make me think about the amolunt of the White House's budget of today. I shudder to think about that amount, as well as the difference in what a president gets paid today while in office, as well as his dalary when he retires! My, how things have changed!
I hope that many get to try the wines that were the choice of President Thomas Jefferson (if they are still available today) and enjoy the`flavors of the past and the present. I am an old Southern chow-hound, but new to this site, and I look forward to reading and enjoying the many posts, cooking tips, recepies and chow-articles to be had here. Here's hoping that everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving, especially those I plan to suprise with a Thanksgiving Turkey Cake and a bottle of Jefferson's choice of wine!
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