James Conaway on Thomas Jefferson, the oenophile
THOMAS JEFFERSON ON WINE.
By John Hailman.
Univ. Press of Mississippi. 457 pp. $38
Thomas Jefferson is thought of as the father of American wine. He was also an advocate of rural yeomanry that would forever keep the country whole, decent, and egalitarian, and presumably vineyardists were part of this idealistic vision. Jefferson paid a lot of money to import the good stuff, and served it often to...