Day 5 – Monticello Pictorial
Only Day 5 in to this 30-day series and am giving serious thought to extending to another month. The more I ‘learn’ about Thomas Jefferson’s wine experiences, the less I feel l know. Jefferson on wine is an infinite subject and it’s easy to understand how authors like John Hailman (Jefferson on Wine) and James Gabler (Passions: The Wines and Travels of Thomas Jefferson.) spent many years conducting exhaustive research in to this subject.
Since October is Virginia Wine Month and I already have ’31 Days of Virginia Wine’ planned, I won’t be able to extend the Jefferson series in to October, but may bring it back for November.
The emails I’ve received from those following this series – regular readers and new readers who found this site as a result of this Jefferson series – has been encouraging, and I thank you.
This weekend I had the chance to return to Jefferson’s Monticello to tour the vineyards with Gabriele Rausse. Gabriele’s official title at Monticello is, Associate Director of Gardens & Grounds, but he is actually one of the early pioneers of the Virginia wine industry and winemaker at Monticello.
Today’s post provides a pictorial of the vineyards and wine cellar at Monticello – tomorrow I will follow up with the details and history of Jefferson’s attempts to grow grapes at Monticello.
Disclaimer: For new readers, you will quickly realize that my photography skills are questionable at best. In the spirit of shirking responsibility, I blame my camera. What I lack in photography skills, I make up in genius and personality.
Please check back tomorrow for detailed history of Jefferson’s attempts at growing grapes at Monticello.
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