PALMENTO : Book Trailer

Watch the trailer for PALMENTO: A Sicilian Wine Odyssey by Robert V. Camuto. 

Corkscrewed in Paperback

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Corkscrewed has been published in paperback with a new author's preface. Available at fine booksellers and at Amazon

Saumur Surprise

Accepting Prix jean Carmet in Saumur...Photo by Christophe Gaye

Sunday in Saumur in the heart of the Loire Valley, the French translation of Corkscrewed titled Un Americain dans les Vignes was awarded the Prix Jean Carmet (named for the late French actor and hedonist) for wine writing......read more...... 

Going Baroque in Sicily's Noto Valley

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Special to the Washington Post

It is hard for me to be objective about Sicily. In the past couple of years, I've fallen under its spell as I've crisscrossed the island: from the chaotic markets of Palermo to the stillness of the cooled lava flows on Mount Etna to the vast, rugged interior that turns from deep green in spring to a barren brown under a searing summer sun.

Sicily has become my second home: I love the contradictions of this historic place that cherishes its medieval traditions and refuses to follow simple modern rules; the natural bounty of the land; the resilience of the people; the pace of life; a cuisine with one of the widest varieties of local ingredients anywhere; and the monuments, churches and palaces, so often decorated to operatic excess.

A Pink Tide

Across France these days it's not difficult to find winemakers suffering from the latest chapter in their country's wine crisis—years of declining domestic consumption and now a global recession and a euro so pricey it's killing exports. Yet producers in Provence are experiencing a boom, all thanks to a class of wine that has often gotten little respect: rosé.

Read Robert's article in the Wine Spectator.

 

Back to Aniane

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The view from the vineyards of Le Tourtou-- Domaine de la Grange des Peres

In Aniane, there aren’t a lot of people moving about the narrow cracked streets in late morning in winter. I ducked into a café off the central square before noon and found about a dozen locals—mostly men—sitting around drinking beer. A faintly recognizable odor—was that cigarette smoke?—seemed to permeate everything. Couldn’t be smoke, I thought, France banned smoking in public places including bars and restaurants from February 2007 and I haven't seen anyone light up indoors since.

In Paris wine shops-- A quiet revolution

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Gourmet bistros cater to the young and hungry

By Robert V. Camuto -Special to The Washington Post

Bertrand Bluy doesn't fit the image of a pastry chef. A towering man with a shiny shaved head and a frame as solid as a brick oven, he speaks with a guttural southwestern French accent that conjures a rugby forward rather than someone who has studied the art of mille-feuille.

What's new so far (From France and Sicily)

Etna Summit

 a shot taken at Etna's summit

This fall has been a truly incredible time: promoting one book in French, preparing another book for next year and – in between—visiting places and tasting wines with transformative powers. 

The French translation of Corkscrewed – entitled Un Américain dans les vignes: Une ode amoureuse a la France du bien-vivre—hit bookstores in September and has been very well received. Personally, the title makes me cringe, yet it has been heartening to see how open French people are to hearing a foreigner’s take on their terroirs. In general French society is so fatalistic these days and many seem surprised by the obvious: that France still has the greatest diversity of wine terroirs anywhere, that French wine regions are turning out more good wine than ever, and that it’s not too late to avoid France becoming one big international-style strip mall. 

Press time!

 Fermentation is complete. To the wine press!


See more 2 Gars home winemaking videos from the 2009 vintage......

The wine explodes! (Home winemaking '09 Video #4)

Wine Country Travel: Taormina Sicily

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In the shadows of Mount Etna, a restaurant scene is emerging hand in glove with the mountain's wine renaissance. Read Robert's article in the Oct. 31, 2009 Wine Spectator.

 

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