Richard Leahy to Give Webinar Through UVA on “Wine Across America” Fri. 11/2, Noon

Oct 29

Richard Leahy, author of the recently published Beyond Jefferson’s Vines, a comprehensive guide to today’s Virginia wine industry, will give a one hour webinar on Friday, November 2nd, titled “Wine Across America: Realizing Jefferson’s Dream”, from 12 noon to 1:00 p.m.

Says Mary Ann Stanbaugh of UVA’s alumni services, “Whether you are an oenophile, new to wine, or always dreamed of having your own vineyard, join us for a fun and informative webinar about American wines and the evolution of the Virginia wine industry, from viticulture to wine culture, with wine consultant and author Richard Leahy (GSAS ’91). Just in time for your holiday planning!”

Although Jefferson never harvested grapes from the vineyard of European vines he planted at Monticello, he is considered the father of the American wine industry through his education of American statesmen, promotion of viticulture as a progressive form of farming, and promoting a culture of food and wine through serving fine wines at the White House during his presidency.

Based mostly on Beyond Jefferson’s Vines, Kevin Zraly’s American Wine Guide, Leon Adams’ The Wines of America, the presentation will show the rise, fall and rise again of the American wine industry from the ashes of Prohibition, including the rise of the non-West Coast wine industry.

Advance registration for this webinar is required; for more information, visit

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