Thomas Jefferson was America’s first wine connoisseur and bought greater than 20,000 bottles when he was president. Throughout Prohibition, it was forbidden to move alcohol. Nonetheless, Woodrow Wilson was capable of transfer his wine assortment to his post-presidential Washington, D.C., house. Influenced by James Bond movies, JFK at all times select Dom Perignon. Richard Nixon secretly drank Bordeaux whereas waiters poured friends much less prestigious wines. A brand new ebook, “Wine and the White Home: A Historical past” by Frederick J. Ryan Jr., printed by The White Home Historic Affiliation, is full of anecdotes about America’s 45 presidents and takes you on a historic journey, all by means of the lens of wine and its position on presidents’ tables. It’s laden with illustrations (some satirical) and historic photographs: Indignant protesters carrying “We Need Beer” indicators when Herbert Hoover threw out the primary pitch on the 1931 World Collection; Gerald Ford sharing a toast with Queen Elizabeth II, and Barack Obama with Chinese language President Xi Jinping throughout a 2015 White Home dinner. Included are menus from state dinners going again to 1877, photographs of the bottles served, and the attractive decanters, glassware, and serving items. Reflections from varied White Home social secretaries add to the entertaining learn. Ryan is chair of the board of administrators of the White Home Historic Affiliation and is the writer and CEO of the Washington Put up. His lifelong curiosity in wine has led him to check its historical past and even winemaking. He’s had first-hand expertise within the White Home, for he held a senior employees place throughout the Reagan administration. The ebook is a page-turner, not just for an oenophile or a historical past buff. Proceeds of the gross sales go towards the White Home Historic Affiliation’s work ($55). Obtainable at shop.whitehousehistory.org; amazon.com, and different booksellers.
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