Though he has not yet received any credit for being so- to his core, this fella tried more passionately than countless others to get the wine scene going in America.
I nominate the fair Thomas Jefferson to receive the Snooth "Old School Snoother Award" for the year of 2009- and pretty much every year before that. I mean, frankly, anyone who can write this in the face of the greatest empire the world's ever seen:
"We, therefore, the representatives of the United States of America, in General Congress, assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the name, and by the authority of the good people of these colonies, solemnly publish and declare, that these united colonies are, and of right ought to be free and independent states; that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the state of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as free and independent states, they have full power to levy war, conclude peace, contract alliances, establish commerce, and to do all other acts and things which independent states may of right do. And for the support of this declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor."
Maybe give him an honorary Snooth degree of some sorts or something.
America's first Snoother-Extraordinaire.
- Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Jan 5, 2009.
He was a great and compelling man.
We owe a lot to T J and I'll see what I can do to get him inducted in to the Snooth hall of fame.
- Reply by Philip James, Jan 5, 2009.
Chip - nice photoshop skills!
- Reply by ChipDWood, Jan 5, 2009.
Getting the (in)famous (occasionally notorious) "Th. J" was the roughy.
Course, we know all about that story I'm guessin' ;).
Not fer nuttin' but I worked with MW, DMB and heard some of the most interesting stories concerning the "Sleuthing" (not to be confused with "Snoothing") regarding the allegedly fake bottles. One of the tests they did brought it down to a molecular level in which it was determined that the wine itself had to be at least sixty years old, since it gave off no presence of radioactive material that would have been part of the earth's atmosphere (and absorbed into vine, then berries) since we dropped the two big ones.
It's the etching on the bottles that may have given away the fraudulence; & It being one thing to find an empty bottle of Th. J's in a basement- but another for that bottle to be full.
Know what I'm sayin'?
Hell, at this point I'm not sure if I know what I'm sayin'. Nor ought to be!
- Reply by Mark Angelillo, Jan 5, 2009.
I think this should become a regular feature! "Great Snoothers from History"!
Haha, love it, Chip. TJ FTW!
- Reply by ChipDWood, Jan 5, 2009.
Yea, truth of it is, if there ever was to be a Snooth Hall of Fame- it'd be impossible not to make ol' Th J. near the top of the inductees, if not the first to be so.
I think it would help further define the kinda peeps that love to be part of this community; and moreover what a "Snooth" really is, in addition to one who seeks the veritas in the vino. Maybe part of the definition of a Snooth is one who relentlessly works to better their understanding of the world around them, and shares what they've learned with their countrymen.
Like you know who.
- Reply by Rodolphe Boulanger, Jan 6, 2009.
I agree, Th J belongs in the first class to get voted into the Snooth Hall of Fame whenever it gets created. Just like baseball's HOF had the legendary first class of Cobb, Ruth, Honus Wagner, Cristy Matthewson, and Walter Johnson, we'd have to put Jefferson and Mondavi in on the first ballot.
- Reply by ChipDWood, Jan 11, 2009.
Re: RBoulanger, who said:
"It's full of great anecdotes... and will make you run out and get the book.
-Which is funny cause I've been listening to Grape Radio for three years- and bought that Jefferson book (along with the one that considers he & Ben Jammin' Franklin hanging out with the Friars in Paris)- and have to re-read the whole thing, as we discuss.
Smiles, all round.
- Reply by dmcker, Jun 12, 2010.
Was a good piece in the NY Times during the last couple of days, on Thomas Jefferson's travels to Burgundy: Following Jefferson through the Vineyards.
I particularly liked the story in it about how the early monks chose the best sites for their vineyards in the Cote d'Or: "Local legend has it that Cistercian monks started growing grapes on that slender chain of hills in the 11th century, traveling among the four côtes, or slopes, mixing the sandy soil with water, and sipping it to taste the differences in terroir"