Thomas Jefferson was the most knowledgeable wine connoisseur of his age, and his favorite wines continue to be favorites of wine lovers today. He also loved to travel “to see what I have not yet seen.” This is the story of two of his passions – his wines and travels.
You will travel with Jefferson to the vineyards of Burgundy, Cote Rotie, Hermitage, Bordeaux, Champagne, through Provence, over the Alps into Italy, along the French and Italian Rivieras, through Languedoc on the Canal-du-Midi, down the Rhine with tastings at famous German vineyards; you will visit the great Roman antiquities of Gaul: Glanum, the Pont de Gard, the Maison Carrée, the Théatre at Orange, the Amphithéatres at Nimes and Arles; you will eavesdrop on dinner conversations at his Paris residence on the Champs-Elysées, at the White House and Monticello where the finest wines were served; you will discover his favorite wines and be able to enjoy them yourself; you will be with him in Paris, London, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Heidelberg, Strasbourg, New York, Philadelphia, and Washington. You will accompany Jefferson and John Adams into the English countryside to see the great landscape gardens; you will bear witness through his eyes to the telltale signs of the French Revolution; you will sail Lakes George and Champlain and visit the battlegrounds at Saratoga, Fort Ticonderoga and Bennington with Jefferson and James Madison.
Jim Gabler has devoted eight years to researching Jefferson’s interests in wine and travel and has uncovered facts that have never before been revealed. Jim has followed Jefferson’s footsteps throughout Europe and the United states and this has allowed him to contemporize what Jefferson saw and drank. Here then is the definitive account of the wines and travels of one of the most extraordinary men in history.
Hardback, 318 pages.