Interesting Wine History
We’ve got a good one for you today. We’ve got some interesting historical folks who were noted to be pretty excited about their wine. That’s right – you’re not the only one. Take a look at this! Fredrick the Great (172 – 1786): - He was the King of Prussia. - He brewed his coffee with champagne, not water. - He added some powdered mustard to make the flavor stronger. - (Don’t try this with your Mr. Coffee® machine – use a French press instead). Thomas Jefferson (1743 – 1826): - He earned about $25,000 annually. - He used $3,000 of that to buy wine alone (that was lot!). - He was a fan of Bordeaux and Madeira. - He helped to stock up the wine cellars of the United States first five presidents. Hildegard von Bingen (1098 – 1179): - He was a writer, philosopher, composer, mystic and Benedictine abbess. - He usually prescribed herb-infused wine to help with pain. - He said “One who is in pain from a stone should take parsley and add a third part saxifrage…cook this in wine, strain it through a cloth, and drink it in a sauna.” Dr. John Carmicheal (1761 – 1837): - He was a surgeon at Ford Adams. - He took great pleasure in his wine collection. - He spent most of his time in his final days, sitting in his rocking chair, staring at his wine cellar. - He left instructions on how he wanted to be buried: he wanted to have his friends to place his casket in this wine cellar and drink all the bottles of wine in there, in the presence of his body. - Now here’s the funny part – his friends took two whole days to finish drink all that wine, but by then they had totally forgotten what they had done with his body. Ha-ha! Don’t worry, they found it eventually and he was respectfully buried. Maybe one day you’ll be able to be written down in history for your love of wine too. In the meantime, you can get advice about storing and serving your wine and we can offer you professional grade wine storage for your wine collection. Give us a call to discuss the climate controlled and secure wine storage options we have available to keep your fine wines safely stored in our wine storage facility in New Jersey.