I’ve been very lucky as my education in this business as been essentially all hands-on. I often say I went to the Kermit Lynch University of Wine. I would spend 2 weeks a year, for many years, in France with Bruce Neyers (a legend in his own right) traveling around and tasting Kermit’s producers offerings. Sometimes up to 200 wines in a single day and somewhere close to 2000 in a single trip. Do that for 8 or 9 years and you are bound to learn something!
Below is a link with an interview with the man himself – Kermit Lynch. It is not only about Burgundy but also gives some insight as to how he views wine and the wine world. I listen to him and just nod because what he says is so grounded in truth and has helped shape my world view on wine. It is also an interesting aside that Louis works with Kermit on several “special” bottlings and Louis’ regard for Kermit is equally as great. He has done more for the idea of wine (notice just not French wine) in the US then most know – he is a remarkable fellow.