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Passions : The Wines and Travels of Thomas Jefferson Hardcover – September 12, 1995
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"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
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Passions depicts Jefferson at leisure and does not emphasize his career as statesman except when necessary to develop the narrative. Nor does it address the controversy over Jefferson's moral character ignited by his complicity in slavery, a pointless debate which lamentably fixates modern revisionists. But despite its limited scope, in offering a more vivid account of Jefferson the man, Gabler's research probes certain mysteries about Jefferson's public life, particularly the question why, following his legendary work as a founding father of the nation, his Presidency was less successful. Gabler's Jefferson is a loner whose widowing as a young man left him heartbroken and somewhat estranged from the nation he sired. He sought comfort in a sort of exile across Europe, never quite establishing a home but immersing himself in the best of what its cultures offered.Read more ›
Gabler follows the travels of Jefferson through France and Italy when Jefferson was in his early 40s. Every wine Jefferson ever drank is listed in this book, as was the commentary on how he traveled and what he saw during that era.
I bought the book at the Beringer vineyard's gift shop, and found it an enchanting companion as I traveled through the Napa Valley on my own wine tour. Jefferson's palate was impeccable, and you can truly taste his joy and curiosity.
You'll learn all about the life of the people of Italy and France, how well he related to ordinary farmers and wine growers, and his close friendships with wine merchants worldwide.
There was something charming and civilized about this book, the perfect glimpse into the inner life of Jefferson. I found his delight and passion for fine wines endearing. Buy the book, take a leisurely trip through Northern California's wine country, and drink in the tradition of 18th century intellectual virtuosity. You won't be disappointed, and you'll learn a lot about wine in the process from one of the world's most imaginative people.
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Good info well presented. I think I will try and track Jefferson's travels and sample the wines.
This brief essay was inspired by Passions by James Gabler...
We have all heard about Jefferson in Paris. What about Jefferson in London? Read more
A great read about a man who appreciated good wine and the importance to share it with his close buddies.Published 22 months ago by Glenn Sudnick
This book goes into great detail. If you are into wine, this book will suit your needs for Jefferson certainly
knew his wines.
This was a great insight to Jefferson's love of wine and travel in France. I was able to discover the wines he loved most that are available today and try them.Published on July 8, 2013 by John Fraiser
The book has some interesting information and flows well for the most part. The author could have eliminated about 50 pages from the book of mundane facts and data of wine... Read morePublished on May 16, 2013 by Patrick Shafto
This was given as a gift, and I've received many thanks and raves from my sister and brother-in-law about the book. Read morePublished on January 3, 2007 by G. B. Slaughter