Story on Palmento in the East Bay Express

Sipping in Sicily with Robert Camuto 

A travel writer pays homage to an ancient island's wines.

Gone West!


After more than 10 days in the US from Boston to New York and through the Big Easy (I had to get out --if I'd stayed a couple of more days I could have gone native), I'm on the west coast looking forward to pair of book/readings and signings and a radio appearance in San Francisco (KGO's Dining Around at noon on Saturday). 

The schedule for the Bay Area (Berkeley-Redwood City and San Francisco Thursday through Saturday) is this: 

RIP Marco De Bartoli


Marco De Bartoli, the heart and an engine of Sicilian wine's return to quality in recent decades, has passed away at a young 66 years old. As volcanic in temperament as he was passionate about Sicily and its wines, Bartoli broke with the Marsala establishment including his own family in the 1980s to make small production fine Marsala's with nearly extinct traditional methods and became an inspiration for young Sicilian winemakers. 

Life may be fleeting but great Marsalas such as those produced by De Bartoli, are eternal. 

Palmento tour update --Boston


I am heading to New York by train in time for the Saint Patrick's day parade. This evening while a few million New Yorkers are swilling green beer, Iill be leading a class at EATALY on Sicilian wines. Good ol' Santo Patrizio.

Palmento on public radio in Sonoma

Robert's taped appearance on Mouthful Radio with Michelle Anna Jordan (March 6, 2011) on KRCB radio (Sonoma County, CA)

The Palmento Spring Tour!

Photo by Gail Skoff

I'll be on the road in the US for two weeks starting March 15: talking, drinking and eating with friends and those who love or are interested in learning about Sicily and its wines and more. 

Boston-New York-New Orleans-Sf Bay Area- and Dallas-Fort Worth. 

See the full schedule here. And hope to see you there.

Lost in Taste: A new wine film's palate-raising questions

Charlie Arturaola in El Camino del Vino

By Robert Camuto

What would a top sommelier do if he lost his palate? That premise is the foundation of a new film attracting international attention. El Camino Del Vino (in English, “The Ways of Wine”) is a promising Argentinean drama making the round of International Film Festivals, with plans for an American release sometime this year. Read article in the Wine Spectator. 

Romanee-Conti for breakfast--the pluses and minus



The worst part about starting the morning drinking the wines of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti is that the rest of day is likely to go downhill from there.

Yeah, get out the violins. Last week I had the privilege of organizing a trip to Burgundy’s legendary estate in the company of Sicilian (Etna) winemakers Ciro Biondi (to right of me in the yellow pants in photo) and Alberto Aiello Graci. Background: Last year I l brought Kermit Lynch and DRC’s Aubert de Villaine around Etna. Aubert was impressed with the hospitality and the wine we tasted around the volcano and reciprocated with an offer of a visit to DRC which we took as a sort of pilgrimage.

Eating with Italian grandmothers in Italy

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Special to Newsday

The world can never have too many Italian grandmothers. The proof came with Giustina's pasta.

Her sformata di tagliatelle di Ragu was a small tower of golden, made-from-scratch tagliatelle baked in a ring mold with fresh cream and Parmesan cheese, flipped onto an heirloom serving dish and topped with Giustina's Bolognese sauce. This wasn't the typical tomato-laden Bolognese you find in places...more

Marseille's having a makeover, but keeps its gritty charm

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By Robert V. Camuto Special to The Washington Post

It was about 10:30 on a Saturday night. My wife and I were driving back to our hotel in the picturesque old port of Marseille after a relaxing dinner at an Italian restaurant at the far edge of town.

It so happened that on this evening, Marseille's soccer team was playing for its first league championship in 17 years, and the bars across town were packed with hordes of pastis-fueled young fans watching the match. About halfway down the port, I saw that gendarmes were blocking the road and turning away cars. Behind the roadblock, hundreds of national riot police were suiting up in body armor, helmets and shields.

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