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From the Archives… Provence

Tweet by Kermit Lynch Sometimes I feel under appreciated because some people think my life is one big vacation. They don’t realize the effort it can take to obtain a decent bottle of wine. Yesterday, for example, I had to spend practically the entire day at Cassis. It is not like I can just taste […]

From the archives… The Birthmark

Tweet by Kermit Lynch At San Francisco State in the 1960’s, I took an incredibly rewarding course called something like American Studies, in which we tried to find clues to American character by reading Emerson, Melville, Paine, Thoreau, Hawthorne and others. I was especially taken by one of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s short stories, “The Birthmark,” although […]

From the archives… The Apéro File

Tweet by Kermit Lynch [a follow-up to Jim Harrison’s My Problems with White Wine] By actions, not words, Richard Olney taught me the virtues of the daily apéro, which is French slang for an apéritif. My Webster’s defines apéritif as “an alcoholic beverage, especially wine, taken before meals to stimulate the appetite.” Taken? Well, that’s […]

From the archives … My Problems with White Wine

Tweet by Jim Harrison MAY WE POLITICIZE WINE? I will if I wish. This is a free country though it is quickly becoming less so. I have noted, for instance, that the Bay Area has become fatally infected with the disease of sincerity. Last early December in San Francisco I naively looked for a bar […]

From the archives… 1986 Cassis Blanc • Clos Sainte Magdeleine

Tweet by Kermit Lynch Back in 1969 before Bacchus waved his magic wand and made me into a wine importer, I was banging about Europe on a penny-pinching holiday. Needing a rest en route from Barcelona to Salzburg, I pulled off the highway to find a hotel. The nearest village was Cassis, proving that accidents […]

From the archives… Lulu’s Aioli Secret

Tweet by Kermit Lynch We are excited to announce a new “From the archives” series. We will be sharing handpicked favorites from Kermit’s newsletters—going back to the early 80’s through the 00’s! We hope you enjoy these blasts-from-the-past. Stay tuned for more. Lulu is Lulu Peyraud of Domaine Tempier. Aioli is the garlicky mayonnaise of […]