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The White House Historical Association
History Happy Hour: Wine and the White House

History Happy Hour is a weekly virtual program hosted by the White House Historical Association. Join us as experts weigh in on a variety of historical topics, share their insights, answer audience questions, and enjoy presidential-inspired libations.

Join us this week for the book launch of the Association's new book, Wine and the White House: A History by Frederick J. Ryan. Mr. Ryan serves as chairman of the board of directors at the White House Historical Association. Mr. Ryan will be joined in conversation with renowned historian Michael Beschloss. Kicking off the program will be Rutger de Vink from RdV Vineyards in Delaplane, Virginia.

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.