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

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When Adventures on the Wine Route was first published, Victor Hazan said, “In Kermit Lynchs small, true, delightful book there is more understanding about what wine really is than in everything else I have read.” A quarter century later, this remarkable journey of wine, travel, and taste remains an essential volume for wine lovers. In 2007, Eric Asimov, in The New York Times, called it “one of the finest American books on wine,” and in 2012, The Wall Street Journal pro-claimed that it “may be the best book on the wine business.”

 

In celebration of its twenty-fifth anniversary, Adventures on the Wine Route has been thoroughly redesigned and updated with an epilogue and a list of the great wine connoisseurs twenty-five most memorable bottles. In this singular tour along the French wine route, Lynch ventures forth to find the very essence of the wine world. In doing so, he never shies away from the attitudes, opinions, and beliefs that have made him one of our most respected and outspoken authorities on wine. Yet his guiding philosophy is exquisitely simple. As he writes in the introduction, “Wine is, above all, about pleasure. Those who make it ponderous make it dull . . . If you keep an open mind and take each wine on its own terms, there is a world of magic to discover.” Adventures on the Wine Route is the ultimate quest for this magic via Frances most distinguished vineyards and wine cellars. Lynch draws vivid portraits of vintners—from inebriated négociants to a man who oversees a vineyard that has been in his family for five hundred years—and memorably evokes the countryside at every turn. “The French,” Lynch writes, “with their aristocratic heritage, their experience and tradition, approach wine from another point of view . . . and one cannot appreciate French wine with any depth of understanding without knowing how the French themselves look at their wines, by going to the source, descending into their cold, humid cellars, tasting with them, and listening to the language they employ to describe their wines.”

 

Here, Kermit Lynch assures a whole new generation of readers—as well as his loyal fans—that discussions about wine need not focus so stringently on “the pH, the oak, the body, the finish,” but rather on the “gaiety” of the way “the tart fruit perfume[s] the palate and the brain.”

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The newly designed twenty-fifth anniversary edition of the classic volume, brought up-to-date

“Wine is, above all, about pleasure. Those who make it ponderous make it dull . . . If you keep an open mind and take each wine on its own terms, there is a world of magic to discover.” So wrote the renowned wine expert Kermit Lynch in the introduction to Adventures on the Wine Route, his ultimate tour of France, especially its wine cellars. The “magic” of wine is Lynchs subject as he takes the reader on a singular journey through the Loire, Bordeaux, the Languedoc, Provence, Northern and Southern Rhone, and Burgundy. In Adventures on the Wine Route, the wine lover will find wisdom without a trace of pretension and hype. As Victor Hazen wrote, “In Kermit Lynchs small, true, delightful book there is more understanding about what wine really is than in everything else I have read.”

     Praise for Lynch and for Adventures on the Wine Route has not ceased since the books initial publication a quarter century ago. In 2007, The New York Times called it “one of the finest American books on wine.” And in June 2012, The Wall Street Journal proclaimed it “the best book on the wine business.” Full of vivid portraits of French vintners, memorable evocations of the French countryside, and, of course, vibrant descriptions of French wines, this new edition of Adventures on the Wine Route updates a modern classic for our times.

About the Author

Kermit Lynch was born and raised in California. In 1972, he opened a retail wine shop and later began importing and distributing nationally. In 1988, he published Adventures on the Wine Route, which won the Veuve Clicquot Wine Book of the Year Award. His second book, Inspiring Thirst, was published in 2004. Lynch divides his time between Berkeley and Provence, where he lives with his wife, the photographer Gail Skoff.

Table of Contents

Preface to the 1988 Edition   

Introduction to the 1988 Edition         

 

1. Loire     

2. Bordeaux         

3. Languedoc       

4. Provence          

5. Southern Rhône            

6. Northern Rhône             

7. Beaujoulais        

8. Mâconnais-Chalonnais              

9. Côte dOr          

10. Chablis              

11. Homeward        

 

Epilogue: Twenty-Five Years After     

Kermit Lynchs Twenty-Five Most Memorable Wines                                                

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780374100971
Author:
Lynch, Kermit
Publisher:
Farrar Straus Giroux
Subject:
Wine & Spirits
Subject:
Europe - France
Subject:
Cooking and Food-Wines of the World
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20131131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
8 Pages of Full-Color Illustrations/Inde
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 0.69 lb

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The newly designed twenty-fifth anniversary edition of the classic volume, brought up-to-date

“Wine is, above all, about pleasure. Those who make it ponderous make it dull . . . If you keep an open mind and take each wine on its own terms, there is a world of magic to discover.” So wrote the renowned wine expert Kermit Lynch in the introduction to Adventures on the Wine Route, his ultimate tour of France, especially its wine cellars. The “magic” of wine is Lynchs subject as he takes the reader on a singular journey through the Loire, Bordeaux, the Languedoc, Provence, Northern and Southern Rhone, and Burgundy. In Adventures on the Wine Route, the wine lover will find wisdom without a trace of pretension and hype. As Victor Hazen wrote, “In Kermit Lynchs small, true, delightful book there is more understanding about what wine really is than in everything else I have read.”

     Praise for Lynch and for Adventures on the Wine Route has not ceased since the books initial publication a quarter century ago. In 2007, The New York Times called it “one of the finest American books on wine.” And in June 2012, The Wall Street Journal proclaimed it “the best book on the wine business.” Full of vivid portraits of French vintners, memorable evocations of the French countryside, and, of course, vibrant descriptions of French wines, this new edition of Adventures on the Wine Route updates a modern classic for our times.

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