Inspiring Thirst: Vintage Selections from the Kermit Lynch Wine Brochure (Anglais) Relié – 1 octobre 2004
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Revue de presse
"Mr. Lynch never engaged in the sort of contrived tasting notes that often pass for wine writing today. Instead, he wrote of the joy and pleasures of consuming good wine, of the winemakers he met and the places he visited. He provided characters, context, and travelogue, and even recipes. In 2004, many of these pieces were gathered into a book, appropriately called Inspiring Thirst."
-New York Times
"[INSPIRING THIRST] Should be required reading for devotees of nature'¬?s poetry in a bottle."
"This book is a treasure: a compulsively readable collection by the revolutionary wine merchant who, almost single-handedly, has brought about a new understanding of wine as a unique expression of land, tradition, and people."
-Alice Waters, owner, Chez Panisse Restaurant
"For American wine lovers, Kermit Lynch belongs in the same company as Julia Child; he is a pioneer in rediscovering the vinous treasures of the Old World and making them accessible to the rest of us. These original notes from his thirty-year master class are whimsical, passionate, erudite, and eminently thirst inspiring."
-Jay McInerney, author of Bacchus & Me
"A wine lover opening this book will feel like a child entering a pastry shop. You can read it straight through or dip into it, treat yourself to a vivid vignette about the family Peyraud at Domaine Tempier, turn to an essay on the mysteries of "vintage chart mentality," or savor a tasting note about a wine you loved in the 1980s that perhaps you still possess in your cellar. Besides inspiring thirst and the love of wine, the book will also introduce you to the taste and exceptional personality of a man for whom wine is like music: a complete work of art."
-Aubert de Villaine, co-owner Domaine de la Romanee-Conti
"For over 30 years, Kermit Lynch has opened his cellar for public consumption-all of it tasted, tracked, and deliberated over in his newsletter, and now memorialized for us in this anthology. Part memoir, cookbook, tasting journal, photographic reflection (via Gail Skoff's aesthetic vision), and homage to wine's people and terroirs, it is above all a manifesto of the genuine and the antithesis of wine-speak."
-Paul Bertolli, author of Cooking by Hand
"Kermit Lynch is the wine retailer of one's dreams-a man who will take you in and turn you on to the great vinous treasures of the universe; a man who inspires you to taste a world you hardly knew existed; a man devoted to your pleasure by inviting you to share in his. This book is proof that great wine is meant to be reveled in and shared. Don't miss it."
-Karen MacNeil, author of The Wine Bible
Présentation de l'éditeur
One of the world's most revered wine merchants and importers, Kermit Lynch changed the way Americans drink wine and the way the French make it.
Kermit Lynch’s retail shop in Berkeley, California, is a legendary mecca for people who enjoy good wine. Lynch is also a greatly admired writer on the subject. His monthly brochure has been the medium for expressing his philosophy since the early seventies, offering readers not only a wine education, but entry into moldy old cellars and glittering three-star restaurants. It is full of passion, principle, and humor, and peopled by a cast of characters like Patricia Wells, Richard Olney, Lulu Peyraud, Jim Harrison, and many more. In INSPIRING THIRST, Lynch presents under one cover the best of his engaging, highly personal (sometimes cantankerous) accounts of winemakers and their rare potions. Illustrated by the photographs of Gail Skoff, here is a thirst-inspiring treat for wine lovers.
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This 400 page book of selections from the 1974 to 2003 Kermit Lynch wine brochure rather reminds me of the old Peterman's catalogues. It is full of great wine stories and personalities interspersed with food and travel tips.
Lynch is quite opinionated, but an entertaining writer. I have learned a lot from this book and it has truly changed how I think about wine.
Well, that's just what Mr. Lynch did, turned them into a book. His writings make me thirst for the wines he describes. The thing is, of course he is a salesman since he owns a wine shop, but he backs himself up by importing some mighty good wines. Seeing his name as the importer on a bottle of wine inspires confidence.
Inspiring Thirst is a collection of selections from Mr. Lynch's monthly wine letter and I found it fascinating to follow the journey from its beginnings up to the time the book was published. And also to be in wonderment at how low the prices used to be on such great bottles of wine - unbelievable.
The author definitely has a way with words and leaves no doubt that he loves what he does. The selections in the book, just like every newsletter or brochure he has printed, is a learning experience. It is far from the typical wine shop mailing that screams the point score awarded it by Robert Parker or the Wine Spectator and how limited the production is of that latest boutique find. You will find no point scores in Mr. Lynch's world, nor will you find attempts to stir up a frenzy over the most recent "vintage of the century" that needs to be touted. I love his own "vintage chart" (which happens to be a blank piece of paper). I laughed when it first came in the mail, and laughed upon seeing it again in the book.
This book gets a most enthusiastic thumbs up. Oh, and by the way, while it is a rather expensive book, the quality of the pages and binding (not to mention the reading material itself) make it worth the money.
But the real fun here is seeing offerings like Francois Jobard's 1978 Meursault Genevrieres for $210 a case; or de Villaine's 1979 Aligote de Bouzeron for all of $72.90 a case and his 1991 Bourgogne rouge "La Digoine" for a princely $160 a case; or Raveneau's 1983s, ranging from the Butteaux for $120 a case to Valmur for $210 a case -- sorry, limit of six bottles on that Valmur, my salivating friend. Or howzabout being driven to tears by the listing for 1978 Henri Jayer Echezeaux at $480 a case on release, and the legendary 1978 Richebourg at $70 a bottle, with that pesky six bottle limit. Yes, it will make your heart skip a beat! The one that got away, indeed.
Also of interest is watching as KLWM introduces relatively "unknown" growers to the U.S., sometimes to find said growers becoming superstars and moving on to other (possibly greener?) pastures for distribution in our market -- Messrs. Jayer, de Montille, Dagueneau and Chave spring immediately to mind.
All in all, it's a truly entertaining wine lover's trip down memory lane. And while you may still regret not having snapped up all the '78 Jayer Richebourg you could afford (and cajole KLWM into selling to you) way back when, you no longer have to suffer the loss of all those KLWM newsletters you carelessly tossed out after reading them over the years. Most of them are right here, in one nice, neat, compact volume!
I relived that moment when, as a child (hopefully), you discover time did not start with your birth. "What, Trignon was produced before 1998? And I'll never get to taste it? And it cost how much?"
While Inspiring Thirst did show me that the next Vieux Telegraphe is very likely lurking in my binder clipped collection of newsletters for very cheap, one thing I've realized is that just knowing the facts and history behind a wine (as most books give you) does nothing for the experience. A good storyteller is invaluable, and can make seemingly ordinary wines as special as anything the Bruniers have produced.
Order this book, subscribe to the newsletter, and hope they decide to release volume two soon before that binder clip starts to give way.
I found this, his latest collection of wine missives, difficult to put down. His engaging writing style allowed me to clearly imagine tagging along on each of his European sojourns. I imagined standing next to him in every cellar he described, sitting at every meal he journaled.
If you're anything like me, somewhere in the middle of chapter two or three, you'll begin plotting ways to convince your family a vacation in the French wine country beats Disneyland any day.
Dave Chambers, Wine Merchant
Sideways Wine Club