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Day 1 – Thomas Jefferson, A Primer
Day 2 – The First Wine of Record, Claret
Day 3 – Jefferson and Madeira
Day 4 – Jefferson’s Favorite Wines Available Today
Day 5 – Monticello Pictorial
Day 6 – Monticello Vineyards
Day 7 – The Monticello Cellar
Day 8 – Thomas Jefferson—orchardist and cidermaker (Part 1)
Day 9 – Quotable Jefferson
Day 10 – The Curious Philip Mazzei
Day 11 – Jefferson Vineyards
Day 12 – What Would Jefferson Think?
Day 13 - Thomas Jefferson—Cidermaker and Scientist-Farmer
Day 14 – Jefferson in Paris - A Pictorial of his Travels
Day 15 – Jefferson in Paris – Pictorial

Day 16 – Jefferson’s Wine Travels Through France and Italy

“Of all the places he could visit in modern America, [Jefferson] might well find himself more at home in a wine shop than any other place.” ~ from Jefferson on Wine, John Hailman

As noted in the previous two posts, Thomas Jefferson lived in Paris from August 1784 to September 1789 – five years that forever influenced his wine tastes, preferences, and the wines he selected to stock the White House wine cellar during his Presidential years.  The next seven days (or so) will be dedicated to exploring Jefferson’s time in Paris.

As with the previous two posts, today’s post will provide a quick highlight of Jefferson’s trips through the vineyards of France, and the next several days will provide detailed exploration of Jefferson’s travels through the France and Italy.

Jefferson departed Paris on February 28, 1787 en route to a remarkable and well-documented tour through the vineyards of France and northern Italy.  Throughout the course of three months, Jefferson visited the following regions in France and Italy (in chronological order), staring in Paris:

  1. Fontainebleau
  2. Dijon
  3. Beaune
  4. Chalons
  5. Macon
  6. Lyons
  7. Tains
  8. Orange
  9. Nimes
  10. Arles
  11. Aix
  12. Marseilles
  13. Toulon
  14. Hieres
  15. Antibes
  16. Col di Tende
  17. Turin
  18. Vercelli
  19. Novara
  20. Milan
  21. Genoa
  22. Noli
  23. Albenga
  24. Monaco
  25. Nice
  26. Vaucluse
  27. Avignon
  28. Nimes
  29. Lunel
  30. Montpelier
  31. Cette (Sete)
  32. Beziers
  33. Carcassone
  34. Villefranche
  35. Toulouse
  36. Langon
  37. Bordeaux
  38. Blaye
  39. Saintes
  40. Rochefort
  41. La Rochelle
  42. Rennes
  43. L’Orient
  44. Nantes
  45. Angers
  46. Tours
  47. Blois
  48. Orleans

… and returned to Paris on June 10, 1787.

I hope you’ll join me tomorrow for a more detailed exploration of Jefferson’s trip through France.

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Sources:
Passions: The Wine and Travels of Thomas Jefferson, Gabler, James
Thomas Jefferson on Wine, Hailman, John

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