Wine and the White House: A History
Frederick J. Ryan Jr.

“A comprehensive story of the American presidents through the grapes and glasses they drank from.” —NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW, New & Noteworthy “Next time you drink a California cabernet, make a toast to President Lyndon B. Johnson: He helped popularize American wines by refusing to serve European bottles at state dinners. You’ll find this and other fun facts in Wine and the White House: A History.” —FOOD NETWORK MAGAZINE “…fascinating…an in-depth look from an inside source at the sometimes-colorful story of wine in the president’s residence.” —WINE SPECTATOR Wine and the White House is a big book, beautifully produced, generously illustrated, and full of information…Wine and history pair very well indeed.” —WINE ECONOMIST 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 some 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 the White House: A History
Frederick J. Ryan Jr.

“A comprehensive story of the American presidents through the grapes and glasses they drank from.” —NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW, New & Noteworthy “Next time you drink a California cabernet, make a toast to President Lyndon B. Johnson: He helped popularize American wines by refusing to serve European bottles at state dinners. You’ll find this and other fun facts in Wine and the White House: A History.” —FOOD NETWORK MAGAZINE “…fascinating…an in-depth look from an inside source at the sometimes-colorful story of wine in the president’s residence.” —WINE SPECTATOR Wine and the White House is a big book, beautifully produced, generously illustrated, and full of information…Wine and history pair very well indeed.” —WINE ECONOMIST 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 some 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.

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