Jefferson Madeira Tasting at The Shop at Monticello
Event At A Glance
Join us Wednesday October 9th at The Shop at Monticello for an introductory celebration and tasting of the new Thomas Jefferson Special Reserve Madeira.
As a young law student, Thomas Jefferson was introduced by his mentor’s wife, Mrs. Wythe, to a blend of one tenth “superfine” Malmsey to nine‐tenths dry Madeira. He never lost his taste for this elegant blend.
Thomas Jefferson Special Reserve celebrates this Jeffersonian ideal by blending a small amount of very old and rare Malvasia into a fine dry Madeira. Even more so than today, Malmsey was, in Jefferson’s time, extremely rare and expensive, often shipped in barrels one‐quarter the size of other Madeiras. So, this type of blend was not just a matter of taste, it was also a matter of economics.
Learn about the history of Jefferson and Madeira, and its important role in early America. Enjoy tastings of the newly created Thomas Jefferson Special Reserve.
- Jefferson and Madeira - Gabriele Rausse, Director of Gardens and Grounds at Monticello.
- The history of Madeira – Mannie Berk, The Rare Wine Co.
- The making of Jefferson Madeira – Ricardo Freitas, Vinhos Barbeito in Câmara de Lobos, Portugal.