"'Passions: The Wines and Travels of Thomas Jefferson' is an accountof the adventures of the third President of the United States along the oenological trail both in this country and abroad.... The book goes well beyond being a dry--if you will pardon the term--recitalof facts to become a throughly engaging account of the human side of one of the most famous Americans" -- Herbert Kupferberg, Parade magazine, April28, 1998
"It is a must read for those interested in Jefferson's wine trips throughout Europe, primarily France. Jefferson's erudite and perceptive wine comments are remarkable.... His observations are hauntingly accurate and could have been written today. I highly recommend this book..." -- Posted 10/09/1995 by Robert M. Parker Jr. on Prodigy interactive personal service
"That experience only increases my awe of the rich historical tapestry assembled by Gabler in this superbly crafted book. Any wine love with the faintest glimmer of interest in history should read it." -- Wine Spectator Dec 11,1995
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.
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