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.


Winner of the Prix Clos de Vougeot 2009


I am back from Burgundy and the mythic 12th century Chateau du Clos de Vougeot, where last Saturday the Prix Clos de Vougeot 2009 literary prize was awarded to the French translation of my book Corkscrewed aka  "Un Americain dans les vignes: Une ode amoureuse a la France du bien-vivre" (Editions Michel Lafon, 2009).

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

The morning after...we have liftoff (and a mess to clean up)!

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Filling the cuve (home winemaking '09  Video # 3

Filling the Cuve (Home winemaking '09 video #3)

After a trip out to the Var to pick mourvedre our 100-liter alimentary plastic fermenting cuve is filled. We have ignition.......

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Picking the Syrah '09 (Home winemaking '09 Video #2)

I'm a writer not a winemaker. But when I'm not writing, I'm growing and making things at home in Provence: like olives -- olive oil and grapes -- wine. This year I'm going to share moments of the home winemaking season as in this video of picking the Syrah. Note here that my grapes are grown using only sulfur and copper treatments. The wine (aka 2 Gars Vin de Table) is made with no added yeast and sulfur is added only at bottling.


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Apocalypse in a sauce pot

On a train trip to Paris last week, I finished reading Mike Steinberger’s new book Au Revoir to all That: Food, Wine and the end of France, and it left me entertained but unsatisfied--and wondering where I’d seen the film before. Was it Disney’s Ratatouille?

ON THE AIR (in France)

Listen to Robert speak about the fall Foires Aux Vins on Radio France Info with Fabienne Chauviere (in French). Here

Ecoutez Robert sur France Info (avec Fabienne Chauviere) en parlant des Foires Aux Vins. ICI

Why I 'Vendange' .... Pourquoi je vendange

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As summer gives way to the first autumnlike mornings, when most of the world is thinking about back to school( la rentree) or the end of vacation, I gravitate to the vines and the hum of harvest --les vendanges.

Chaque automne, à cette époque, lorsque la plupart du monde est de penser à retourner à l'école (la rentrée) ou la fin des vacances, je gravitent autour de la vigne et du bourdonnement de la récolte - les vendanges.

Corkscrewed in French

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  Released in France (August 27 by Editions Michel Lafon) , the French translation of Corkscrewed bears the title: Un Américain dans les vignes: Une ode amoureuse à la France du bien-vivre.


Tour de France Postcript: Cotes du Ventoux

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The wine taste police will probably be after me for this one. But I have to confess, I liked the wine Saturday night.

I hadn't really expected to. I bought a bottle of Cotes du Ventoux to mark the end of the Tour de France with its climb up Mount Ventoux at the only place I could find one -- the local Le Clerc supermarket in our corner of Southeast France. It cost me 3.50 Euros (About $5) and it was made by a local coop: les Vignerons du Mont Ventoux Bedoin. To summarize: it was a cheap, coop wine purchased at supermarket. (I feel guilty just telling this.)

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