With tons of folks pilgrimaging down to Washington, D.C. for the Big Day, we couldn’t help but wonder about the wine habits of our previous Presidents.
Because let’s be clear, they drank — and drank a lot. And while we don’t want to send you back to History class, there are a bunch of fun “wine” facts about our previous leaders.
So pour a glass and read on!
It seems the 55 guys who drafted the Constitution drank 54 bottles of Madeira, 60 bottles of Bordeaux, eight bottles of whiskey, 22 bottles of port, eight bottles of hard cider, 12 beers and seven bowls of alcohol punch large enough that “ducks could swim in them,” according to the Hill. (Before or after they wrote the Constitution?)
Thomas Jefferson was really our first Presidential wine connoisseur. He tried really hard to plant grapes on Monticello, his property in Virginia, back in the early 1800s. While it didn’t work out so great, he gets an “A” for effort.
In 1932, one of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s campaign pledges was to end prohibition. (Well, duh.)
Lyndon Johnson, who took office in the 1960’s, was the first President to require American wines at State dinners and placed a big emphasis on them at other White House functions.
Richard Nixon, who never seem like the most refined guy in the room, ironically preferred French wines — the expensive first growth Chateau Margaux, in particular.
Jimmy Carter actually made wine at home in Georgia.
No surprise, Ronald Reagan heavily pushed California wines. Least he could do as former Governor.
During President George W. Bush’s reign, wine sales actually rocketed. Certainly not because he was a big wine drinker, but maybe because the economy was crashing in 2008?
And we know that at President Obama’s Inauguration luncheon, he went all America and served the Korbel Natural California Champagne, $14, the 2007 Duckhorn Sauvignon Blanc, $30 and the 2005 Goldeneye Anderson Valley Pinot Noir, $50.
California Senator Diane Feinstein was head of the inauguration committee — coincidence?
Be sure to check this link out to see more of the menus and the wines that were served at Presidential events.
Tracy Byrnes, former FOX Business Network anchor and host of “Wine with Me” for Foxnews.com, is editor-in-chief and chief contributor of The Sip.