TJ is sadly well known in wine circles, not for his careful purchases of great wines, but rather for wines that were attributed to him and sold to unsuspecting dupes over the past decades in a scandal that became a book: The Billionaire’s Vinegar.
Jefferson was an intellectual of the highest order and his approach to wine was totally in character. When he laid out his home, the famed Monticello, Jefferson built not only a cider room, he also built a 17.5 by 15 ft wine cellar to hold all his amassed purchases. And even beyond that, Jefferson was a pioneer in planting European wine grapes here in the states. He didn’t live to see them successfully produce wine, but he planted the seeds of an industry.
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