Jefferson, Wine, and Democracy: A Tale of Aspirations and Frustrations is a free pre-Belk Bowl event at Mint Museum Uptown, 500 S. Tryon Street, on Friday, December 28th, 2018, from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.
The event includes a reception with light fare and a cash bar, followed by a lecture and wine tasting.
Registration is required. Register by following the above link.
More on the event:
A unique Belk Bowl More Than the Score Pre-Football Game lecture featuring the University of South Carolina and University of Virginia graduate Kathryn (Kay) Neeley, Professor in UVA’s School of Engineering to speak before the big game!
Thomas Jefferson described as both the “architect of liberty” and “the great patron and promoter of American wine for Americans,” but he also called politics “a torment” and the cultivation of grapes “the parent of misery.” In both domains, he articulated an inspiring vision of what could be achieved and encountered both failure and frustration. Kay Neeley will explore the interplay of wine and democracy in Jefferson’s life and American history and focus on the events and advancements that led to the flourishing winemaking enterprise we have in Virginia today.
Jefferson’s taste in wine was formed during his 1787 tour of the south of France and northern Italy. In the tasting that will follow the talk, we will sample some of Jefferson’s favorite French wines along with some of the outstanding wines produced in Virginia.