Wine and The White House: A History
“Wine and the White House: A History.” By Frederick J. Ryan, JR. ISBN: 978-1-950273-07-02. Copyright 2020. Hardcover 456 pages.
Whether you’re a devotee of presidential history, a lover of wine, or both, Wine and the White House: A History is sure to prove informative and entertaining. The first book of its kind, it is a comprehensive journey through the history of White House hospitality that explores every president’s experience of wine. The fully illustrated pages also feature memorable presidential toasts, menus from historic White House gatherings, a catalog of vintages served, and spectacular new photography of the White House glassware collection.
Early presidents recognized the important function wine played in entertaining at the White House. While George Washington did not live in the White House, the First President asked his London agent, Robert Cary & Company to "Order from the best House in Madeira a Pipe of the best old Wine, and let it be Securd from Pilferers." Some early Presidents appreciated and enjoyed wine, others considered it merely a ceremonial necessity. Still, others campaigned to outlaw wine and banned it from the White House; their successors celebrated its return. More recently, all presidents, regardless of whether they enjoyed wine themselves, have used the White House as a venue to showcase the fine wines produced in the United States.
Wine and History lovers alike will enjoy this grand coffee table book full of vivid illustrations, interesting facts, and quotes.