A lifelong oenophile, our third President, somehow racked up an $11,000 wine tab during his eight years in office. As of today that would be $203,703.70. He was also the inventor of the presidential cocktail party.
After drafting the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson along with the other 54 delegates spent their time in a Philadelphia tavern, where they “revised the Declaration of Independence”. In truth, they had a big party. The bar tab they left behind was 54 bottles of Madeira, 60 bottles of claret, eight of whiskey, 22 of porter, eight of hard cider, 12 of beer and seven bowls of alcoholic punch.
Jefferson reportedly left for France to improve his health, but was later discovered he was touring France to get a taste of it’s wines. After finishing his second term, Jefferson’s estate at Monticello was home to a brewery, and a vineyard. Although the brewery was closed, and the vineyard never produced wine-bearing grapes.
To celebrate Jefferson’s birthday, we’ll try and reach his $11,000 tab, by drinking wine.