Current topics, themes, musings and travel notes

From Prosecco Wars to Pingus

My new column covers an old battle, and my latest feature on one of the world’s most fascinating winemakers.

My cousin Vittoria Aiello with Marisa Cuomo and husband Andrea Ferraioli

Getting nostalgic for the future

Being a conservative progressive isn’t a contradiction when it comes to food, wine and life in Italy

Etna keeps erupting

The volcano continues to catch young winemaking dreams

Ice it !

In Summer, forget the ridiculous concept of red wine at “room temperature”

Lucio Tasca d’Almerita

The Last Leopard

Lucio Tasca d’Almerita (1940-2022)

The Mustilli sisters Paola and Anna Chiara in Falanghina vineyards

It’s Hot.

Hell Yeah. What to do ?

Hiking on Saint Pierre and Miquelon France's last archipilego off North America

From the South of Italy to way way north in the Atlantic

Did I say Canada?

California Diaries 2022

New wave producers with Italian Grapes in the Golden state

A Napa Son under Umbrian Sun

Just before Covid Rollie Heitz moved to Umbria and is making wine. He hasn’t looked back.

South by South

More travels and new experiences from Campania to Puglia

Louis Lucas in Lucas and Lewellen old Carrari vineyard

Hey To Santa Barbara and Back to Italy

What I learned from diving into California's Italian-inspired vineyards

More California Meets Italy

A tale of two guys who have nothing in common, except for…

Franco Allegrini

Passing of a great winemaker and friend

Franco Allegrini was one of Northern Italy’s most influential winemakers

Southern Italian Grapes in the New World

Italian varieties in California simply make sense

Back to the Old World

And the Italian edition of South of Somewhere

Robert with Shelley Lindgren at A16 San Francisco

Wrapping it up in the West

This spring has not felt like work, truthfully.

West Coast Bound

It’s been a few years since I’ve been to California, and I am looking to return on Monday.

The Fiano view from Feudi di San Gregorio's winery in Sorbo Serpico

Welcome to Fiano February

Come along for the ride

Gigliola Giannetti and her daughters Viola and Sofia at Le Potazzine

A mother and her nest in the heights of Montalcino

The story of Gigliola Giannetti

“What d’ya think?”

When people talk wine, what are they really saying?

Riccardo Campinoti of Le Ragnaie

From ‘loser’ to leader in Montalcino

How Le Ragnaie boomed with an assist from climate change

Andrea Franchetti 1949-2021

A poetic life ends

Andrea Franchetti (1949-2021)

Listen Up!

The Italian Wine Podcast and more travels with Robert

Back to Biondi-Santi

The ghost of Dr. Franco presides over this mythic Montalcino estate as a new team takes over

Cataldi-Madonna-and-daughter-Giulia-with-Robert-Camuto

Got Pecorino?

How a Nutty Professor brought back central Italy’s trendy old/new grape

Robert discussing wine and South of Somewhere at Rizzoli Bookstore, New York

Talking South of Somewhere and drinking Southern in New York

Giving a talk at Rizzoli bookstore is unlike anything else

Robert Camuto presenting at the Matera Film Festival

From Matera to the Big Apple

I spent last weekend in one of Europe’s oldest towns

Why the South of Italy and why now?

Here's a hint...

The Purist

Cristiana Tiberio is a force of nature in the heart of Italy

Robert Camuto and Sabatino Di Properzio

Sunshine and the last of Summer

In Italy September has opened with perfect temperatures, clear sunlight and a general mild climate that makes me wish it would last forever.

Generazione Vulture in Basilicata

The Ultimate Southern Italy Roadtrip

South of Somewhere Video Trailer (Part 3: The Road)

pizza kitchen in Vico Equense

Amazing Vineyards to Dazzling Pizza !

South of Somewhere Video Trailer (Part 2: The Bounty)

Count Louis-Michel Liger-Belair

Waking up Old Burgundy

My summer Burgundy interlude ends with a visit with a pretty cool Count Liger-Belair

A Trendy Burgundy White for Summer

Burgundy is one of those staid, timeless places you don’t associate with fashion. But in recent years a new/old white grape and wine has come into vogue.

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.