Good Morning Gentle Readers,
CLARIFICATION: I got emails. It's the PBS site that looks screwy in Firefox. You can view TWC perfectly with Firefox, as many pointed out. Thanks.
I was introduced to this PBS special through the generosity of my good friend Kent in Ohio, USA, an actual wine connoisseur. He didn't send me a link, he sent me the got dang DVD. IIf you just absolutely gotta spend taxpayer money on this stuff, I guess this is a good thing. It's a must-see for Jefferson fans and wine lovers alike.
From his early experiments with Italian vignerons at Monticello, to his grand tour through France and Italy, through his years in the White House, and then his later efforts at Monticello, The Cultivated Life: Thomas Jefferson and Wine guides the viewer on a visual journey of the life of American wine’s founding father.
While serving as President, Jefferson's.........
......personal French chef provided presidential guests with some of the finest food served in America and, according to one prominent senator, “plenty of wines and good.” In one month, 207 bottles of Champagne were served to 651 dinner guests, and in one year the amount of Jefferson’s salary spent on food topped $6,000.
During his first term, President Thomas Jefferson spent $7,597 on wine alone. Jefferson brought both a culinary and cultural sophistication to the Presidency that some say has never been matched.
Please take note that President Jefferson wasn't putting the arm on the taxpayers for the good stuff, he spent his own money on wine and food.
UPDATE: $7,957.00 for wine? No wonder he died broke. That's $97,739.00 in inflation adjusted dollars. Almost $25,000.00 per year on wine. Jeff, you da man.
Order your own copy of The Cultivated Life for twenty bucks (US) here.
The Wine Commonsewer