The Williamsburg Society has published lively accounts of dining and wine-drinking customs of the period, based on contemporary diaries, in a book entitled . It gives a vivid image of drinking habits during Jefferson's youth and young adulthood. One major wine-drinking occasion prior to the Revolution was a royal birthday, always celebrated by large parties featuring much honorary cannon fire and the drinking of "loyal healthes" in Madeira, claret, and arrack. Surprisingly modern sounding were the barbecues and fish fries, which also featured the same drinks, to the extent that some observers called them mere "drinking parties."


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