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by Fred McMillin
Winery of the Week
Saint James Never Fails
Mrs. Abraham Lincoln began serving American wines in the White House. (1861)
...Leon Adams, The Wines of America
Abraham Lincoln supporter, the distinguished lawyer Gustave Koerner, served his most important guests an American wine made from the Norton grape.
...Prof. Thomas Pinney, A History of Wine in America
During the Lincoln years, critic Charles Brace wrote "no red wine has ever been produced in America the equal of that made by the Germans of Missouti from the Norton grape."
...WineDay of Oct. 21, 1998
The Rest of the Story
I have the menu for the second Lincoln Inauguration Ball with sixty five choices. Alas, the wines are not listed. Let's just say, the Norton should have been there if it wasn't, which leads us to...
This Week's Winery
Just the Facts
Name—St. James Winery
Some Other Hofherrs
That Lincoln Inaugauration menu must have been successful, too for "the crowd literally charged at the refreshments and mobbed the supper tables." The caterer was G.A. Balzer, paternal ancester of none other than one of our favorite wine authorities, Robert Lawrence Balzer!
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