- Hardcover: 288 pages
- Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux; 2 edition (November 12, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0374100977
- ISBN-13: 978-0374100971
- Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #427,584 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Adventures on the Wine Route: A Wine Buyer's Tour of France Hardcover – November 12, 2013
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“One of the pleasantest and truest books about wine I've ever read.” ―M. F. K. Fisher
“Kermit's book changed my thinking about wine. Colorful encounters with larger-than-life personalities, the primacy of the land and authenticity, plus a good dose of humorous anecdotes to keep you entertained. This book deserves to stay in print forever!” ―Alice Waters
“Adventures on the Wine Route is the best book I've ever read about wine. Kermit Lynch is as brilliant a writer as he is a taster, and his quest for authentic wine is more relevant than ever.” ―Jay McInerney
“When one enters a bookstore nowadays and goes to the section reserved for books about wine, one is overwhelmed by how immensely it has grown. In this jungle where obsolescence is rampant, only a very few will become classics. Adventures on the Wine Route is surely one of them--a quarter of a century old and not one wrinkle! 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.” ―Aubert and Pamela de Villaine
“I am simply thrilled by it. I am bowled over by his blend of poetry and candour. What heaven-sent common sense.” ―Hugh Johnson
“Quirky, opinionated, maddening, hilarious . . . riveting, illuminating, totally original . . . Strongly recommended.” ―Clive Coates
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.
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In “Adventures on the Wine Route”, Kermit Lynch wrote an ode to a way of life in French wine, of a time and place that was special and in so doing he wrote a love story for us all.
Although the events recounted took place in the 70s and 80s, they provide wonderful insights into the nature of wine production and the character of local wine producers and the areas they lived in in every major wine-producing region of France. Things may have changed somewhat since the book was written, both in the ways in which Americans consume wine and in the way the French produce it, but there is much that is still recognizable and relevant to our contemporary undstanding. And in any case, reading about the interesting wines and various personalities involved in producing and selling them who Lynch encountered is both educational and very enjoyable.
I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in French wines or in understanding this very interesting aspect of French culture.