Museum finds cases of 2-century-old wine in its cellar

Claudine Rigal
Juillet 11, 2017

The Liberty Hall Museum's wine cellar in New Jersey has yielded cases of Madeira almost as old as the United States.

It was once the home of New Jersey's first governor, William Livingston. Madeira is a fortified wine.

Bill Schroh, director of operations at Liberty Hall, says it was the best wine to ship during the 18th century because it nearly never spoils - even centuries later if stored properly. "It's easy to bring across the ocean and it's the favorite drink of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, the folks who lived here - the Livingstons, and the Kanes". The museum's leadership and staff knew about the bottle collection in the cellar but had no idea exactly how old the wine was.

Before you get your hopes up, the bottles will be kept as museum artifacts, never to be opened.

Liberty Hall President John Kean says he's sampled the wine and compared it to a sweet sherry.

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