Googled: David Lynch ’89

Published: June 2009

After graduating as an English major, David Lynch, Jr., went into journalism, first as a reporter at the Boston-area Tab weeklies and then as a writer for Cheers, a restaurant trade publication in New York City. In 1996 he became a senior editor at Wine & Spirits magazine, where his June 2000 article “Total Tequila” won the James Beard Foundation’s journalism award.

Lynch and his wife, Josie, spent the following year in Italy, which resulted in his first book, Vino Italiano: The Regional Wines of Italy (2002), written with his former Boston College roommate, restaurateur Joseph Bastianich ’89. The collaboration continued when Bastianich, in Lynch’s words, “took a flyer,” inviting his friend to become wine director at Babbo Ristorante, a New York City restaurant owned by Bastianich and chef Mario Batali. A second Beard Foundation award for Lynch followed in 2004—for “outstanding wine service.”

Last fall Lynch became general manager and wine director of a new seafood restaurant in Manhattan, the John Dory. He continues to write for Gourmet, GQ, New York magazine, and Wine & Spirits and has another book—The Wine Snob’s Dictionary: An Essential Lexicon of Oenological Knowledge (2008), written with Vanity Fair contributing editor David Kamp.

This summer he will move to San Francisco to become wine director at Quince, a restaurant offering Italian and French cuisine. Before heading west, he joined his father, attorney David Lynch, Sr. ’64, for their 20th and 45th reunions at the University where, says Lynch, “I got the first inklings that I could write.”

This feature was posted on Tuesday, June 23, 2009 and is filed under Research.