Kermit Lynch’s 1988 musings of a California wine merchant travelling through France have influenced a whole generation of wine lovers - including some at Langton’s - and is a must-read for anyone with a love of wine.
Lynch is regarded as America’s most important and influential importers of wine, with a reputation for uncompromising quality and impeccable tasting standards.
Starting out in Berkley, California in the early 70s, Kermit Lynch is to wine what Alice Waters is to food.
Seeking out wines that reflect the terroir and the essence in which they are grown, produced with non-interventionist winemaking techniques by people that do it for the love of the vine and with great respect to the land.
He works with wineries from all over France, including regions that were so often ignored by other importers. He was fierce into advocating back then what is today considered common sense and on-trend. A true visionary with wit, spunk and… great taste.
'No one can match Kermit Lynch’s ability to write about wine in an interesting, and illuminating fashion. His common-sense approach to wine is refreshing and all too rare.'
Ron Washam, HoseMaster of Wine.
'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 certainly an expert, but his book, Adventures on the Wine Route, is also a great pleasure to read. I enjoyed it more than any other wine book I have read.'
'…to my mind one of the best books on wine in the English language, with its uncommon combination of poetic insight and sceptical common sense.'
Jay McInerney - A Hedonist in the Cellar
'I am simply thrilled by it. I am bowled over by his blend of poetry and candour. What heaven-sent common sense.'
'Quirky, opinionated, maddening, hilarious...riveting, illuminating, totally original...Strongly recommended.'
Clive Coates MW
'Kermit Lynch is regarded with something approaching awe by American wine lovers. He has spent four decades introducing them to hand-picked wines off the beaten track… '
Jancis Robinson MW