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Adventures in the New French Wine Country

Robert V. Camuto’s interest in wine turned into a passion when he moved to France and began digging into local soils and cellars. Corkscrewed recounts Camuto’s journey through France’s myriad regions—and how the journey profoundly changed everything he believed about wine.

The world of great wines was once dominated by great Bordeaux châteaux. As those châteaux were bought up by moguls and international corporations, the heart of French winemaking shifted to the realm of small producers, whose wines reflect the stunning diversity of regional environment, soil, and culture—terroir. In this book we follow Camuto across France as he works harvesting grapes in Alsace, learns about wine and bombs in Corsica, and eats and drinks his way through the world’s greatest bacchanalia in Burgundy. Along the route he discovers a new generation of winemakers who have rejected chemicals, additives, and technologically altered wines. His book charts an odyssey into this new world of French wine, a world of biodynamic winegrowing, herbal treatments, lunar cycles, and grape varieties long ago dismissed as “difficult.” Camuto’s work is a delightful look beyond the supermarket into the kaleidoscopic world of flavors offered by the true vintners of France.

Corkscrewed was named “Book of the Year” in the 2008 Gourmand Cookbook Awards. The French translation of the book “Un American Dans Les Vignes” was celebrated in France with two prestigious wine book prizes : the Prix Clos de Vougeot (2009) and the Prix Jean Carmet (2010).

“[Corkscrewed] inspires thirst and curiosity…”

Eric Asimov, New York Times

“Camuto’s lighthearted book is a particularly enjoyable read…a scrumptious collection of stories about wine, food, vineyards and winemakers.”

Beth Hiser, Bloomsbury Review

“[Camuto’s] enthusiasm for underdog grapes, regions and winemakers makes him a pleasant guide along the back roads of France.”

Tom Matthews, Wine Spectator
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Un Américan dans les vignes

" Loin des grands domaines, ce journaliste américain passe son temps dans des vignobles confidentiels mais qui valent le détour. Épicurien vagabond, s'efforçant chaque fois davantage de se fondre dans le décor de campagnes profondes, Robert Camuto aime goûter à ce qui ne se fait plus. "

– Le Figaro