Bio

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Robert Camuto is a prize-winning journalist and author. He is a contributing editor to the Wine Spectator magazine and writes a twice monthly blog called Letter from Europe for winespectator.com. 

 

He has also contributed travel, wine and epicurean articles to publications including the Food & Wine, the the Washington Post, Cucina Italiana and other publications and was chief writer fo the Sicily Michelin Green Guide (2012).His critically-acclaimed first book, Corkscrewed: Adventures in the New French Wine Country was published in 2008 (University of Nebraska Press) is a pilgrimage through French wine country. It tells the story of a new generation of French regional winemakers striving to preserve endangered traditions, reconnect with nature, and produce quality wines on what are oftentimes little known terroirs. In 2009 the book was translated into French (Editions Michel Lafon) under the title Un American dans les vignes: Une ode amoureuse a la France de bien vivre and it has won two distinguished literary awards.

His second book, Palmento: A Sicilian Wine Odyssey-- is an an exploration of Sicily-- from its cuisines to its history, mores, culture, and antimafia movement-- viewed through the prism of wine and winemakers.  The book was published in 2010; New York Times wine critic Eric Asimov called it a "beautiful, enthralling work."

A New York native and graduate of the Columbia University School of Journalism (1984), Robert has over the years contributed to publications including the New York Times, New York Daily News, the San Francisco Chronicle and Examiner, D (Dallas) Magazine, the Sydney Morning Herald and many more.

Robert worked for years as a newspaper reporter and editor in Texas, before founding the irreverent, award-winning alternative newsweekly Fort Worth Weekly (www.fwweekly.com) in 1996. After selling the newspaper in 2000, Robert realized a long-time dream of moving to France with his French-born wife and their Texas-born son.

The Camuto family renovated a centuries-old olive oil mill as their home, cultivating olives and vines there. In 2015, Robert realized another dream when he and his wife moved to Verona, Italy. 

He has made many radio and live speaking appearances talking about his work and his passionate views on wine, winemaking andterroirs