"..a beautiful, enthralling work"-- Eric Asimov on Palmento in the NY Times


NY Times wine writer Eric Asimov writes this week (print edition of Oct. 6, 2010) of his recommended Six New Books for Wine and Spirits Lovers including Palmento. I can think of no greater praise for the what I tried to express in Palmento-a work from the heart about this magical land. 

Mr. Asimov writes:

A conversation on Sicily and its magic


 Read the Q & A with Robert on SicilyGuide here


Photos from the Palmento eastern tour NY-CHI-Boston Sept. 2010

Photos from the Palmento eastern tour NY-CHI-Boston Sept. 2010

 Sept 11, 2010 at the Palmento tasting and book signing at Chambers Street Wines in New York. With (from left)  Etna winemakers Frank Cornelissen, Alberto Aiello Graci, and Ciro Biondi and Taormina's restaurateur/hunter/diver and mushroom gatherer par excellence Turi Siligato (of Nero d'Avola). see more...

Articolo su Palmento e Robert in La Sicilia


Per un buon articolo su Palmento che è stata pubblicata in La Sicilia (3 Settembre 2010) andare QUI.  Guarda il video di pr

Grazie Mille Milo

Milo Photo Antonio Magro

Manhattan will be next week, but first it was Milo.

The Palmento tour starts September 9 in New York

 The Palmento tour combining readings, food, wine and winemakers from Sicily, begins in September (NY, Chicago, Cambridge). Robert continues the tour  in late October (San Francisco, Berkeley, Portland, Seattle). See the tour schedule

Southbound in France: Driving the old N7

Notre Dame de la Route

Special to the Washington Post

I should have listened to the lady behind the rental car counter. She warned me that there was no sense -- and too much traffic -- in taking Route Nationale 7 through the Paris suburbs.

But I was on a mission to drive almost every inch of France's mythic road, which connects the capital to the Cote d'Azur by nearly 600 miles of what's now largely a back road through La France Profonde, or deep France.

Talking terroir, philsophy and orgasm with Bruno Quenioux


Bruno Quenioux is something of a wine legend in France. He probably has had something to do with the 21st century wine drinking habits across the Atlantic—even though Americans have never heard of him.  (And though he speaks little English.)

Talking Wine with Daryl Hall

Robert talks with Daryl Hall abut wine and music in the May 31 issue of Wine Spectator. See article here

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