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"Good wine is a necessity of life for me," said Thomas Jefferson.

The founding father's words are on display in the Cornell Library Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections' newest exhibition, "Song of the Vine: A History of Wine." To mark the exhibit's opening, author Thomas Pinney lectured Cornell alumni on the history of wine in America June 5 in Hollis E. Cornell Auditorium.

Pinney, author of the two-volume "A History of Wine in America," took his audience through the turbulent journey of the American viticulture industry. "The story of wine in America has a very simple theme," he said. "You might call it overcoming difficulties." ...more at Chronicle Online