Thomas Jefferson claimed, in 1818, that "in nothing have the habits of the palate more decisive influence than in our relish of wines." His own habits had been formed over thirty years before--at the tables of Parisian philosophes and in the vineyards of Burgundy and Bor
Footnotes1. Jefferson to William Alston, Monticello, October 6, 1818. Polygraph copy at the Library of Congress.