Wednesday February 19, 2020

Wine: Tour de France

As the French celebrate Bastille Day, Tomás Clancy takes a clockwise spin around the country's many varied and special wine regions.

13th July, 2013
Paris on Bastille Day: it is the legal duty of every French citizen, wherever they are on earth, to celebrate July 14. Photo: Getty

"Everyone has two countries: his own and France." So said former US president and author of the US Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson, who was also minister to France in the years leading up to and during the French Revolution.

Jefferson's first-hand descriptions of the storming of the Bastille on July 14, 1789 - 224 years ago on this very day - show that he knew exactly how decisive and important an act it had been.

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