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Thomas Jefferson’s Price List of German vintages from 1726-1783 for the firm John Adam Dick & Son


Frankfurt Am Main-Zeil-Rotes Haus-um 1790. Image from Wikimedia Commons.

Frankfurt Am Main-Zeil-Rotes Haus-um 1790. Image from Wikimedia Commons.

James Gabler wrote of  Thomas Jefferson’s visit to Frankfurt, Germany in his book Passions: The Wines and Travels of Thomas Jefferson.  During this visit Thomas Jefferson stayed at The Great Red House which was owned by John Adam Dick and Son.  These merchants had a massive cellar with 375,000 to 500,000 bottles worth of wine.  We are fortunate that Thomas Jefferson kept the price list for it reveals the vintages of 1783-1726 available from “Hochheim, Rudesheim, Johannesberg, Markebronn, Nierstein Laubern & Bodenheim” [sic].  It is one thing to read about the list yet another to see it so I have included an image below for you to look at.  And yes, Thomas Jefferson did drink the 1726 Hochheim.

Dick John Adam & Son, 1784-89, Card Listing Wine Prices. Library of Congress. [1]

Dick John Adam & Son, 1784-89, Card Listing Wine Prices. Library of Congress. [1]


[1] The Thomas Jefferson Papers Series 1. General Correspondence. 1651-1827. Dick John Adam & Son, 1784-89, Card Listing Wine Prices. The Library of Congress.  URL: http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.mss/mtj.mtjbib000997

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