Passions : The Wines and Travels of Thomas Jefferson

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This is a biography of Thomas Jefferson at leisure, enjoying two of his passions--wine and travel. Twelve of the sixteen chapters cover Jefferson's five years in France where he served as our minister and traveled through France, England, Germany, Italy and Holland. "Passions" was selected by Robert M. Parker, Jr. as "1995 Wine Book of the Year," and was the winner of the 1995 "Veuve Clicquot Wine Book of the Year" competition. It is a marvelous account of America's first wine connoisseur and gourmet.

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From the Author:

I'm often asked, "What caused you to write this book?" Long before I set out to write Passions I had become a wine enthusiast, and for some reason that I still don't understand, I decided to find out what our Founding Fathers drank. Before I had scratched the proverbial research surface, Thomas Jefferson's consuming interests in wine jumped out. This was in early 1991 and there was only one book extant about Jefferson's wine interests. It was a series of essays, some good and some not so good, and all without any chronology. Because I had a busy law practice at the time, and had recently married, I hesitated before plunging head first into four years of research and writing on weekends, mornings, evenings, and vacations. In fact, ten days of my honeymoon were spent following Jefferson's travels through southern France and over the Alps into Italy. On beautiful spring, summer and autum days, knowing that my friends were playing golf, tennis, sight seeing, sailing, and enjoying myriad other pursuits, I often wondered whether it would be worth it. Was it? Yes, definitely!Almost as a lark I entered Passions in the Veuve Clicquot Wine Book of the Year contest, and to my great but pleasant surprise it won the prize - being judged the best wine book in English published in 1995. Wine critic Robert M. Parker, Jr. also awarded Passions "Best Wine Book of the Year." It went on to receive acclaim in the news media throughout the United States including The New York Times, Wine Spectator, and Parade Magazine.An extra author bonus I have enjoyed has been being invited as a guest speaker on Jefferson and wine at hundreds of institutions and clubs throughout the United States including Monticello, Smithsonian Institution Museum of American History, and Winterthur.Passions: The Wines and Travels of Thomas Jefferson is available in hardcover from

About the Author:

James Gabler grew up in Baltimore, Maryland. He attended Washington & Lee University where he earned degrees in economics and the law. He served two years in the U.S. Army as a finance office. He practiced in the Maryland and D.C. courts as a civil trial lawyer for 40 years both for the defense and the plaintiff. By vote of his peers, he was listed in "The Best Lawyers in America." During his years in practice, he developed an interest in wine and wrote and published Wine into Words: A History and Bibliography of Wine Books in the English Language (1984), How To Be A Wine Expert (1987), Passions: The Wines and Travels of Thomas Jefferson (1995), winner of the prestigious Veuve Clicquot Wine Book of the Year award, and How To Be A Wine Expert, 2nd edition (1995). Since retiring from the law Jim has written Wine into Words, 2nd edition (2004), An Evening with Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson: Dinner, Wine, and Conversation (2006 and 2013) and Be Your Own Wine Expert (2011). In 2011 he wrote his first novel, God's Devil, about a priest whose consuming ambition is to become the first American Pope, and he lets nothing stand in his way. Jim has recently finished a second novel, The Secret Formula. It is about about the Coca-Cola secret formula and money beyond the wildest dreams. All of Jim's books are available in print editions. An Evening with Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson. The Secret Formula, God's Devil, Be Your Own Wine Expert are also available as Ebooks. In addition to anything involving wine, Jim's interests include writing, biking, bridge, cooking, travel, jazz and dining with friends.

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