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First Family to toast Christmas with wine crafted by John Deere's kin

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

President Obama and his wife will be enjoying a wine produced at the winery established by the great-great-granddaughter of John Deere.
President Obama and his wife will be enjoying a wine produced at the winery established by the great-great-granddaughter of John Deere.

The innovative ideas of the Deere family will be honored by the First Family when they ring in the holidays with a white wine that's a product of the winery of the agricultural revolutionary's great-great granddaughter, according to published reports.

President and Michelle Obama will enjoy Landmark Vineyards Overlook Chardonnay, according to the Press Democrat. Damaris Deere Ford originally founded the winery in Windsor, Sonoma County, California in 1974.

Her profound passion for the wine industry is a large part of what inspired the White House to select that wine for Christmas 2010.

John Deere remains an inspiration to the winery's success, according to the Landmark Wine website. In 1838, John Deere devised the steel plow, an invention that changed the agriculture industry by drastically easing the process of tilling the soil.

Damaris relocated the winery to a plot of land beside Sugarloaf Mountain when she noticed urban sprawl was encroaching on the original site. She believed Landmark would become a renowned site.

The winery can produce 20,000 cases of wine per year. And while the winery is modern, Ford never forgot its past. Grand Detour Pinot Noir is named for the Illinois town hosting John Deere's blacksmithing shop and the Syrah is named Steel Plow.

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