Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Italy and America / Jefferson and Mazzei

Shared History / Shared Values

The ties between Italy and America are deep-rooted and longstanding.  They quite literally go into the soil of both nations and they precede the founding of the United States of America.  We explore the relationship between Italians and Americans in our new upcoming book, Italy Invades: How Italians Conquered the World (  Our book features a chapter on every country in the world and in our chapter on the USA we write...

Thomas Jefferson, Paris
"Philip Mazzei (1730–1816) was a Tuscan aristocrat who immigrated to Virginia and acted as an agent for the colony, purchasing arms for the Patriot cause. He was a great friend of Thomas Jefferson and wrote that “All men are created equal” even before Jefferson penned it in the Declaration of Independence in 1776. The two men shared a love for both liberty and wine; Mazzei helped Jefferson to plant grapes at Monticello. The Mazzei family has been making wines in Chianti since the fifteenth century and continue to do so to this day."

Philip Mazzei (1730 - 1816)
"All men are created equal."
All men may be created equal but all wines are certainly NOT created equal.  And the Mazzei family has been making some of the finest red wines in Tuscany for a very long time.  Their Chianti Riserva is delicious.  Here is the link for the Mazzei family's vineyard at Fonterutoli... (

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