Biography of James Gabler I grew up in Baltimore, Maryland. I have degrees from Washington & Lee University in economics and law. I served in the U.S.Army as a finance officer. I practiced law in Maryland as a civil trial lawyer for the defense and plaintiff. My passion for wine includes travels to vineyard regions throughout the world, collecting wine and wine books, and writing about wine. My books are Wine into Words: A History and Bibliography of Wine Books in the English Language, How To Be A Wine Expert, Passions: The Wines and Travels of Thomas Jefferson, An Evening with Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson: Dinner, Wine, and Conversation (2006 and 2013), Be Your Own Wine Expert, and two novels, The Secret Formula, (2013), and God's Devil. Since the publication of Passions, I have been a guest speaker on Jefferson and wine at institutions and organizations throughout the United States.