But above all, Thomas Jefferson was a wine lover and a gourmet. A passion that he discovered during his stay in France and took with him back to the States. He would order for his own private cellar, many bottling from the best Chateaux in Bordeaux and wines from other regions of France and Europe. He had so much interest with wine, that he even tried planting Europeen vines in America but never produced any wine.
He made many famous comments about wine during his life and here are some fine examples:
"Good wine is a necessity of life for me." TJ
"I have lived temperately....I double the doctor's recommendation of a glass and a half of wine each day and even treble it with a friend." TJ"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. " TJ
"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." TJ