Although the surname may seem incongruous for a specialist in Italian
wine, David Lynch is nevertheless half Italian. He grew up in
Glastonbury, CT, where he became versed in the subtleties of spaghetti
sauce as prepared by his Italian mother, grandmother, and assorted
aunts. But even his grandmother was a generation removed from the Old
Country. For David, who spent most of the year 2000 in Italy researching
the acclaimed Vino Italiano: The Regional Wines of Italy (click for Amazon Listing)
(Clarkson-Potter 2002; $35), the creation of the book was not only a
professional challenge but a chance to trace some of his roots.
David, 34, was a Senior Editor at Wine & Spirits for more than three
years, but left the magazine in May of 2000 to travel from the top to
the toe of Italy with his wife, Josie. He visited more than 300 Italian
wineries over the course of seven months, meeting with owners and
winemakers in amassing much of the information contained in Vino
Italiano. On returning to New York City, he took on a new challenge in
becoming the Wine Director at Babbo, which is co-owned by his
collaborator on "Vino Italiano," Joe Bastianich.
Working in a restaurant is a big change in direction for David, who has
been a writer and editor since graduating from Boston College in 1989.
He published his first articles in a Boston-area weekly called The Tab,
then took a job a trade newspaper that covered the New England
restaurant industry. He moved to New York in 1993, joining what was then
Jobson Publishing as an Associate Editor of Cheers, a beverage magazine
for restaurateurs. Eventually he became the Editor of Cheers, while
simultaneously writing articles for other consumer and trade magazines.
In the summer of 1996 David joined the staff of Wine & Spirits, where he
covered a wide range of wine topics. The highlight of his tenure at the
magazine was his receipt of a 2001 James Beard Journalism Award for one
of his Wine & Spirits pieces. His writing has also appeared in GQ; Food
& Wine; New York Magazine; Time Out New York; Sidewalk.com; Chef; and
And while the wine program at Babbo is a full-time commitment, David
remains active as a writer, contributing regularly to Wine & Spirits and
other publications. He and Josie live in Manhattan.
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