How many of you have ever wanted to travel to France? If you're anything like me, you may have a desire to travel throughout the country visiting wine region after wine region - tasting the local varieties as well as the native flavor. Kermit Lynch, who I have mentioned a few times on this wing blog, wrote Adventures on the Wine Route to emphasize some of those local flavors, and I highly recommend this read!
(At amazon.com for about $12)
What I love about Kermit's story is his passion not only about French wine, but French culture and food. He truly captures the feel of some of these places he visits: from the Loire to Bordeaux through Provence, the Rhone, and around the Cote d'Or. A true explanation of what French, old-world style wines should be. He is a true lover of the art, with less emphasis on the science behind winemaking, which he constantly questions - "Is [enology] making today's wines supior?" With him, I have to admit, I don't know. Today's wines are clean, yes. But I understand his desire for complexity, feeling, and soul of the old-world style wines that made wine what it is today.
This is truly a book for wine lovers. And if you know a bit of French, that won't hurt when Kermit throws in a French term here and there throughout the chapters.
Kermit reminds us: "Remember, even the winemaker is never certain how each vintage will evolve." I find this point quite true when we consider those vintages that receive more hype than others. However, sometimes we can find some real jewels out there even if it is a $400 bottle of wine...
I pull a quote from Kermit's book, that I highlighted as the main reason I love wine:
"Domaine Tempier is a place in Provence, a home with its winery and vineyards, its olive trees and cypresses. It is home to a large, joyful Provencal family. It is a wine. And while it must be inadvertent, one of those fortuitous miracles that embellish existence (there is no recipe for it dispensed at wine school), there is a certain vital spirit that one imbibes with each gorgeous swallow of Domaine Tempier's wine."
Is this true? I have yet to find out. I ordered my first bottle of Domaine Tempier just a few weeks ago and eagerly waiting it's arrival...