Day 1 – Thomas Jefferson, A Primer
Day 2 – The First Wine of Record, Claret
Day 3 – Jefferson and Madeira
Day 4 – Jefferson’s Favorite Wines Available Today
Day 5 – Monticello Pictorial
Day 6 – Monticello Vineyards
Day 7 – The Monticello Cellar
Day 8 – Thomas Jefferson—orchardist and cidermaker (Part 1)
Day 9 – Quotable Jefferson
Day 10 – The Curious Philip Mazzei
Day 11 – Jefferson Vineyards
Day 12 – What Would Jefferson Think?
( See recap of all 30 days at: Day 30 – Final Thoughts, Jefferson’s Last Letter, The End )
One of Thomas Jefferson’s most notable wine quotes illustrates his optimism for the potential of wine production here in the United States:
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. (1808)
No doubt that the US wine industry as a whole has met or exceeded Jefferson’s vision – wine is ubiquitous and available at every income level, roughly 6,000 wineries, roughly $12 billion in total US wine sales (~$1B export). Though the US wine industry as a whole is a very important part of the global wine industry in terms of consumption, exports, and quality, I wonder what Jefferson would think of Virginia’s place in the wine world?
Obviously I can not possibly know what Jefferson’s thoughts on the Virginia wine industry would be, but I think he might be surprised that Virginia occupies the 5th spot in terms of wine production in the United States. Virginia winemakers are producing world-class wines that unfortunately have not received as much national and international recognition as deserved (but this is indeed changing).
I write this to solicit input from those following this series – folks who know much more about Jefferson, wine and in particular the Virginia wine industry than I do.
What are your thoughts about the state of the US wine industry relative to Jefferson’s vision? For my fellow Virginians, what are your thoughts about our wine industry here relative to Jefferson’s vision? Post your thoughts below in the Comments section.
I truly appreciate all of the emails I’ve received from regular readers, and from those who found Drink What You Like as a result of this Jefferson on Wine series. Please take a moment to share your thoughts on this subject.
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Next week – Jefferson in Paris and Jefferson and Cider, Part 2
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