Inspiring Thrist

Wine is about life and lifestyle and how it is complemented, accented, enhanced by this wondrous, Biblically-endorsed beverage is very much a part of these writings. If wine is part of what makes your days better, then this is a book you should not miss. Get one for yourself and more for gifts for your friends who enjoy both wine and life! - Colorado Wine News, January-March 2005

The best parts are the glimpses he shares with us of the vintners he works with. With stories, photos and some recipes, it can feel as intimate as being invited in for a drink. And in that way, the book does what the title proposes: inspires thirst, a healthy thirst for not just wine, but the knowledge of the people and places behind it. - Tara Q. Thomas Denver Post

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 30-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

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