Yesterday, November 20th, the Smithsonian opened its American Wine Exhibit at the National Museum of American History in Washington D.C. The exhibit includes multiple displays, one of which is “Red, White, and American,” paying homage to the 1976 Judgement of Paris in which the 1973 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay and 1973 Stag’s Leap Cabernet Sauvignon beat the French in a blind tasting in France. A bottle of the 1973 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay is included in the display.
Another display celebrates artifacts from American wine history like old books and original tools from early winemaking pioneers like Mike Grgich, Andre Tchelistcheff, the BIale family, and Nathan Fay.
Thomas Jefferson also gets some love, who tried unsuccessfully to plant French grape vines in Virginia. The display also shows, that while it may have not worked for Thomas Jefferson at the time, how Virginia is putting their name on the map as a grape growing region.
Beyond wine, visitors can even visit the kitchen of Julia Child’s Cambridge, Massachusetts home, as donated by Julia in 2001.
For more information, visit the FOOD: The Exhibition page on the National Museum of American History website.