“What do you like to drink?” asked an acquaintance recently, who is not in the wine trade. I opened my mouth to respond, then paused. The answer is not so simple. I mentally took stock of the latest bottles to have brought me the most enjoyment, and the labels that ran through my head were not of well-known wines like white Burgundy, red Bordeaux, Alsatian Riesling, or Provençal rosé. They did not even include wines that were once deemed obscure but now commonly accepted by the general wine-drinking public, such as cru Beaujolais, Chinon, or Etna. No, I instead recalled an inky-black, chewy Muristellu from northern Sardinia, a luscious, honeyed, stony Corsican white from the indigenous Biancu Gentile grape, and a bright, juicy, wonderfully quaffable chilled Grolleau from the Loire Valley. “Variety,” I replied. “I like to switch it up as much as possible.” The idea that there are just a handful of types of wine out there (Sauvignon Blanc or Chardonnay? Pinot Noir or Cabernet?) is now thoroughly outdated. Great wines come from countless regions all over the world, many of them totally foreign to the average person, and are made from a seemingly infinite number of different grape varieties, each one offering a unique palette of aromas to satisfy curious drinkers. If you’re like me, you’ll get a thrill not just from savoring the tried-and-true classics over and over again, but also from trying novelties that open our mind to the never-ending possibilities the wine world has to offer, all while stimulating the palate with new flavors. Take a look at some of the more unusual whites we currently have in stock. Who knows, your house Sancerre may well be replaced by something else you can’t even pronounce, much less locate on a map.
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One reason Pinot Noir is so revered lies in its uncanny ability to translate minute nuances in terroir. The foremost example, of course, is Burgundy, where, as you’ll see, a Pinot from Saint-Romain bears little resemblance to one grown in Santenay, just miles away. But even outside of Burgundy, Pinot Noir has fascinatingly diverse interpretations of local conditions. This collection explores Pinot Noirs from distinctive terroirs of both France and Italy. You’ll taste classic Burgundian renditions, a Blanc de Noir from Champagne, rosés, as well as reds from Alsace, the Loire, Alto Adige, and Friuli.
Very few domaines anywhere in the world can match this one pound for pound in ecological footprint, consistent quality across a wide range of wines, and that all-important combination of intellectual interest and pure deliciousness. Tasting Thierry Germain’s wines for the first time was love at first sip. A cellar tasting with Thierry in Varrains reminds me of tasting in Burgundy
Here at Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant we don’t believe in selling anything mediocre, and we would certainly not put our name on a wine we didn’t believe in. So our values are just that, wines that are full of value and quality.
There are hundreds of wines in our portfolio, but not nearly enough space in our monthly newsletters to feature them all. Here you’ll find recent arrivals and new additions to our site, from half-bottles to Jeroboams, across France and Italy.