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However, even if you are not a seasoned wino, the many annecdotes about the people he encounteres on his wine tours and little nuggets of French culture in general are very delightful. His descriptions of cuisine are wonderful, as are those of the landscapes. It's also an interesting read for anyone interested in the evils of globalization and corporate take-overs; many of the passionate pleas that Lynch makes herewithin resonate highly with the anti-establishment of the wine industry such as myself: These points of contention were most recently and quite forcefully reiterated by the film Mondovino , but are done so much more eloquently, and in my opinion, effectively, here by Lynch.

Although the book is technically "out of date" for the current wine market, most of it holds up very well. In fact, trends Lynch sees in the mid-late 80s the beginnings of trends which only continued to become more prevalent, giving this book an almost prophetic feel. The principles he espouses are as worth pursuing and fighting for now as they were then. If you enjoy this book, I must highly recommend the wine writing of Terry Theise: Kermit Lynch was an innovator of importing wine, and remains a savior of sorts.

Above all, he is an example to anyone with a passion to pursue their passions. Jun 22, Andrew Schirmer rated it it was amazing Shelves: At a recent wine tasting we were comparing notes on the bottlings we liked best--can there be any surprise they were all Kermit Lynch imports, including one from his touchstone producer, Domaine Tempier?

Adventures on the Wine Route: A Wine Buyer’s Tour of France by Kermit Lynch

These wines all embodied a certain kind of honesty, integrity, and truth to form, especially the Tempier. Indeed, it is the philosophy of Tempier--hard work, graciousness, respect for tradition, and innovation that is at the heart of this wonderful, wonderful book. What he does do is advocate passionately for natural wines, made true to their conditions, their terroir. This book was published in ; many of the devastating trends that Kermit was witnessing at that time have continued in their course.

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At the same time, however, the "natural wine" movement has entered the mainstream and continues to grow and find advocates. Thus, the dated quality of some of the observations and remarks only serves to add power to their prescience. Did I mention the characters? This book is packed with memorable figures from all over the hexagon, such as you can only meet in France; passionate, crotchety, gracious, conniving, brilliant And unlike many of Papa's writings, they are always worth reading.

View all 5 comments. Apr 13, Dvora rated it really liked it Shelves: I always thought there was more to the appreciation of wine than what I knew either I like it or I don't. This book didn't teach me how to appreciate it more, but it taught me that I had a lot to learn and that if I did learn, it would give me great pleasure.

Anyway, I'm from Berkeley and had shopped a couple of times in the author's wineshop years before I read the book. Feb 19, Terrance Gelenter rated it it was amazing. You only need one book about French wine and this is it. Jun 06, Mike Blick rated it really liked it. This was a interesting but slightly dated way to learn about most of important French wine regions.

May 13, Patrick rated it it was amazing Shelves: Kermits Adventures on the Wine Route is such an enjoyable escapade that I was ready to pack my bags and follow his route. Ive since discovered that he has a minor update to the book that I'd love to read and then probably reread this.


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Many of the expressions he looks for in wine are also what I thoroughly enjoy, so this story has given me many great producers to check out. It also ignited an interest in French wine. Im madly passionate about Italian vino and there is something about French wine Kermits Adventures on the Wine Route is such an enjoyable escapade that I was ready to pack my bags and follow his route.

Im madly passionate about Italian vino and there is something about French wine that has never quite captivated me. Perhaps its the commercial aspect of it. I tend to follow the underdog and stray from the popular however thanks to Kermit I've managed to discover some new favourites. Adventures on the Wine Route was a page turner for me and I couldn't put it down. I was "lost in France" for duration of his story telling and can't wait to go back. I had high hopes for this book - a favorite topic, region, and person from my time in Berkeley.

However, it was written in the s and so a lot of the experiences feel dated e. Also, it is a lot more fun to talk about wine when drinking wine, rather than read about someone else drinking wine often too much.

Book totally lacks pictures, charts, or maps, which would have been useful. Kermit' I had high hopes for this book - a favorite topic, region, and person from my time in Berkeley. Kermit's thesis is that buying from small growers is best, and refrigerating upon delivery.

Adventures on the Wine Route: A Wine Buyer’s Tour of France

Also, the year doesn't matter as much as the approach or conditions at that particular winery. And then he repeats ad nauseum. Oct 25, Rob rated it it was amazing. A significant book for me being the first wine book I had ever read over 10 years ago right as I earnestly decided to embark on a hopeful career in the wine industry. I never thought that I would visit some of those unrecognizable to me then French villages and become so mad about French wine from then on.

Mar 06, DanielG rated it really liked it. Almost the whole book can be summarised as follows: Wine Makers who agree with Mr. Lynch make good wines and make wine the old way without filtration, chaptalizacion etc Nevertheless 4 Stars because Mr. Lynch is an excellent writer. May 28, Leacafe rated it it was amazing. If you would like to know more about the culture of wine. This book takes you on a journey in France and it's wine making regions.

As a French-born person I was amazed by how knowledgeable the author Kermit Lynch is about my own country. Oct 25, Carrie rated it it was ok Shelves: Lynch was groundbreaking in his approach to importing certain French wines, and he continues to be a great cheerleader for the types of wines that need support, but this book is so riddled with his sexist attitudes that I couldn't keep going. Sep 22, Paul E rated it really liked it. Very interesting tour of the wine regions of France.

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Fisher "Nearly all wine books are written by experts whose intention is primarily to inform or to educate. They give little aesthetic pleasure. Kermit Lynch is as brilliant a writer as he is a taster, and his quest for authentic wine is more relevant than ever. In this jungle where obsolescence is rampant, only a very few will become classics. The author's prose, his lyrical""descriptions, his enthusiasm--not to mention his unique experiences along 'his' wine route--will delight, instruct, and cast an indelible spell on readers for years to come.

I am bowled over by his blend of poetry and candour. What heaven-sent common sense. In , he opened a retail wine shop and later began importing and distributing nationally. His second book, "Inspiring Thirst," was published in Lynch divides his time between Berkeley and Provence, where he lives with his wife, the photographer Gail Skoff. Book ratings by Goodreads. Goodreads is the world's largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews.

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