Current topics, themes, musings and travel notes

See the Video Trailer: South of Somewhere (part 1), on the Sorrento peninsula south of Naples

It’s so easy to fall in love with parts of Southern Italy

Jacky Rigaux and Bruno Clavelier

Are you a “nose” or “mouth” taster?

Drinking terroir in Burgundy

Italy’s Heroes of Summer

Dramatic vineyards from Amalfi Coast to the North Piedmont

What’s my biggest guilty pleasure ?

Do I have one? Not sure. But thanks to Alfonso “The Italian Wine Guy” Cevola for including me in his "By The Bottle" series of interview Q&As with wine scribes. Good questions that got me thinking. Check out my responses on topics from the last great wine I drank, to guilty pleasures, to my fantasy dinner party and more.

Read "By The Bottle" by Alfonso Cevola

Monica Raspi - Pomona

New-Gen Chianti Classico Part 3: Pomona’s Monica Raspi

The veterinarian-turned-vintner achieved success with Sangiovese by learning to understand what the vines were telling her

Caravaggio to Chianti Classico

I’ve had a great time touring Tuscany this spring. Not the least of which was an overnight in Florence with my wife—with the mission of visiting the Ufflizi Gallery before the tourist hordes returned in summer.

Angela Fronti of Istine, interviewed by Robert Camuto

There’s a New Generation in Chianti Classico

After Carmignano, my next stop on the Tuscan trail last month was Chianti Classico. I mean is there a great wine that is more Italian?

Free at last in Tuscan Vineyards

As Italy just started to open after its long Covid hibernation, I got the jump on things in April and headed south to Tuscany for a few days.

Pio Boffa Piedmont Wine Patriarch

Pio Boffa, Piedmont Wine Patriarch, Dies of COVID-19

I hope this is the last COVID obituary I write.

Robert Camuto tribute to Chianti’s Barone Sonnino

A tribute to Chianti’s Barone Sonnino

Taken by Covid still in his wine prime