Hot Best Seller

Wine and the White House: A History

Availability: Ready to download

Whether you’re a devotee of presidential history, a lover of wine, or both, Wine and the White House: A History is sure to prove informative and entertaining. The first book of its kind, it is a comprehensive journey through the history of White House hospitality that explores every president’s experience of wine. The fully illustrated pages also feature memorable presiden Whether you’re a devotee of presidential history, a lover of wine, or both, Wine and the White House: A History is sure to prove informative and entertaining. The first book of its kind, it is a comprehensive journey through the history of White House hospitality that explores every president’s experience of wine. The fully illustrated pages also feature memorable presidential toasts, menus from historic White House gatherings, a catalog of vintages served, and spectacular new photography of the White House glassware collection. Early presidents recognized the important function wine played in entertaining at the White House. While some appreciated and enjoyed wine, others considered it merely a ceremonial necessity. Still others campaigned to outlaw wine and banned it from the White House; their successors celebrated its return. More recently, all presidents, regardless of whether they enjoyed wine themselves, have used the White House as a venue to showcase the fine wines produced in the United States. Awards: Benjamin Franklin Awards Next Generation Indie Awards National Indie Excellence Awards IPPY Awards


Compare

Whether you’re a devotee of presidential history, a lover of wine, or both, Wine and the White House: A History is sure to prove informative and entertaining. The first book of its kind, it is a comprehensive journey through the history of White House hospitality that explores every president’s experience of wine. The fully illustrated pages also feature memorable presiden Whether you’re a devotee of presidential history, a lover of wine, or both, Wine and the White House: A History is sure to prove informative and entertaining. The first book of its kind, it is a comprehensive journey through the history of White House hospitality that explores every president’s experience of wine. The fully illustrated pages also feature memorable presidential toasts, menus from historic White House gatherings, a catalog of vintages served, and spectacular new photography of the White House glassware collection. Early presidents recognized the important function wine played in entertaining at the White House. While some appreciated and enjoyed wine, others considered it merely a ceremonial necessity. Still others campaigned to outlaw wine and banned it from the White House; their successors celebrated its return. More recently, all presidents, regardless of whether they enjoyed wine themselves, have used the White House as a venue to showcase the fine wines produced in the United States. Awards: Benjamin Franklin Awards Next Generation Indie Awards National Indie Excellence Awards IPPY Awards

48 review for Wine and the White House: A History

  1. 5 out of 5

    Erik

    A wonderful combination of two of my favorite subjects: wine and presidents. A highly detailed account of wine served at the White House along with many related subjects and memories. The only detraction is the author's slightly over the top beginning where he tells us again and again that he worked for Pres Reagan and then relates how he tried to swap his California wine collection for the priceless French bottles at the White House. A wonderful combination of two of my favorite subjects: wine and presidents. A highly detailed account of wine served at the White House along with many related subjects and memories. The only detraction is the author's slightly over the top beginning where he tells us again and again that he worked for Pres Reagan and then relates how he tried to swap his California wine collection for the priceless French bottles at the White House.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Alaina Maxam

    THIS IS AN INTERESTING BOOK ABOUT ALL OUR PRESIDENTS AND THE WINE THAT THEY DRANK WHILE IN THE WHITE HOUSE. DEFINITELY A GOOD BOOK FOR A HISTORY OR WINE FANATIC

  3. 4 out of 5

    Andrea

    Fun and interesting book to read. Loved the part at the end where they list the wines served under each modern day president at high level lunches and dinners. I noticed the number of state dinners has gone down since the 9/11.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Ann

    Such a great book for wine lovers. Great menus and little unknown facts about our presidents. Makes a perfect coffee table book as anyone would enjoy going through it.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Scott

    I admit it has taken me a LOOOOONG time to finish this book. As more of a coffee table book, oversized, thick, and a hardcover, this isn't exactly a book one reads cover to cover. But, at nearly 500 pages long, it isn't your typical coffee-table book (or in our case, wet bar area literature.) The first section details tidbits of wine lore and history from each president up to the 45th POTUS. This was easily the most enjoyable part of the book, as it was neat to see the evolution and treatment of I admit it has taken me a LOOOOONG time to finish this book. As more of a coffee table book, oversized, thick, and a hardcover, this isn't exactly a book one reads cover to cover. But, at nearly 500 pages long, it isn't your typical coffee-table book (or in our case, wet bar area literature.) The first section details tidbits of wine lore and history from each president up to the 45th POTUS. This was easily the most enjoyable part of the book, as it was neat to see the evolution and treatment of wine (as well as other beverages) from President to President. The images, stories, and primary sources were very fun to flip through and read casually. In the second section, the serving and treatment of the wine throughout the years is showcased, including a gallery of the White House's collection of glassware. The following section had photocopies of the menus from various White House dinners and banquets throughout the decades. The lavish spreads were certainly mouth watering (though a little part of me certainly worried about how better the tax dollars could have been spent.) Towards the end of this 456-page tome, the author includes a massive catalog of all the vintages served. I flipped through and skimmed this part, browsing the label art and the winery names while glossing over some of the tasting notes and stories. I can certainly respect the sheer amount of work Ryan Jr. put into collecting all this information together; the research, the compilation of primary sources and apocryphal knowledge, the new photography, and general of the information is absolutely astounding. But, unless you are as intensely passionate about historical oenology as the author must be to take on such a labor of love, you may find this best used as a flip-through anthology for enjoying a nice glass of your best stuff. Side note: this book has inspired me to throw an Election Night or SOTU wine mixer, and I've got all the information I would need to make it a blast. You too, will probably be enticed into popping a new bottle or planning your own dinner party after getting this book!

  6. 4 out of 5

    White House Historical Association

  7. 4 out of 5

    Frederick J. Jr.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

  9. 5 out of 5

    Doug Renfro

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

  11. 5 out of 5

    Stewart McLaurin

  12. 4 out of 5

    Doris Moore

  13. 5 out of 5

    Pat

  14. 5 out of 5

    Andrew

  15. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca Durgin

  16. 5 out of 5

    Carol

  17. 4 out of 5

    Judith A

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kate

  19. 5 out of 5

    Marcia M. Anderson

  20. 5 out of 5

    Nathan Casebolt

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jaleh Rose

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jill

  23. 5 out of 5

    Chase

  24. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

  25. 4 out of 5

    Melissa Pinelli

  26. 5 out of 5

    Barron

  27. 5 out of 5

    Morgan

  28. 4 out of 5

    Carol Duke

  29. 5 out of 5

    Dorothy

  30. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen

  31. 4 out of 5

    Claire

  32. 5 out of 5

    Kevin

  33. 5 out of 5

    Patti Cordano

  34. 4 out of 5

    Julie

  35. 5 out of 5

    Jennie Morton

  36. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

  37. 4 out of 5

    Carolyn Lawman

  38. 5 out of 5

    Jillian Tourangeau

  39. 5 out of 5

    Alison

  40. 4 out of 5

    Kammie

  41. 5 out of 5

    Kristin

  42. 4 out of 5

    Melanie Mitchell

  43. 5 out of 5

    Ashley Legler

  44. 4 out of 5

    Kady

  45. 5 out of 5

    KDef2016

  46. 4 out of 5

    Sanford Chee

  47. 5 out of 5

    Julia

  48. 5 out of 5

    Ginny

Add a review

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Loading...