Thursday, November 20, 2008

True Wine Lover 3.

"I think it is a great error to consider a heavy tax on wines as a tax on luxury. On the contrary, it is a tax on the health of our citizens."
Thomas Jefferson is generally regarded as America’s first fine wine connoisseur. The third president of the United States had a distinct penchant for wine, French wines in particular. Historical documents reveal that in his first term as President he spent $7,500, (approximately $120,000 in today's currency), on wine...mainly Lafite, Margaux and Chateau d'Yquem. It is said that most of the founding fathers were partial to quaffing a good claret or Madeira, but none were as fervent or methodical in their appreciation of oenology as old Tom. A truer case of Vinsanity I have never heard of. He surely would have been saddened to see his fabled wine collection as the target of one of the biggest, if not the biggest, wine scams ever. His prescient observations on the dangers of over taxation and the health benefits of drinking wine,(more than 200 years before anyone had ever heard of resveratrol), should be heeded by us all.

4 comments:

Peter Ashley said...

That picture looks like it's by my favourite American illustrator Norman Rockwell.

Thud said...

cheers tom!

Marc Winitz said...

But the fact that he would lay down that type of cash for Y'quem -- remarkable.

--Marc

Ron Combo said...

I wonder what he thought of Cab Franc?