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The first wine snob in the United States might have been this man, who served as third President, and second US Minister to France. Like any good politician, he was excellent at “combining public service with private gratification,” which is how he described his 1787 trip through French Wine Country. He also singlehandedly tried to start the American wine industry at his estate, but failed.

Answer: Thomas Jefferson

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