Tomorrow, as we celebrate the signing of our Declaration of Independence from Great Britain on July 4, 1776, many will be raising a glass of wine to toast our country’s birthday. It is interesting to reflect on three wine milestones interwoven with our American history.

The first milestone was the election of America’s third president, author of the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson, who was also America’s first oenophile. He spent a good portion of his $25,000 annual salary (equivalent to $700,000 today), stocking the wine cellar of the White House with his favorite European wines.

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