The Palmento tour starts September 9 in New York

 The Palmento tour combining readings, food, wine and winemakers from Sicily, begins in September (NY, Chicago, Cambridge). Robert continues the tour  in late October (San Francisco, Berkeley, Portland, Seattle). See the tour schedule

Southbound in France: Driving the old N7

Notre Dame de la Route

Special to the Washington Post

I should have listened to the lady behind the rental car counter. She warned me that there was no sense -- and too much traffic -- in taking Route Nationale 7 through the Paris suburbs.

But I was on a mission to drive almost every inch of France's mythic road, which connects the capital to the Cote d'Azur by nearly 600 miles of what's now largely a back road through La France Profonde, or deep France.

Talking terroir, philsophy and orgasm with Bruno Quenioux

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Bruno Quenioux is something of a wine legend in France. He probably has had something to do with the 21st century wine drinking habits across the Atlantic—even though Americans have never heard of him.  (And though he speaks little English.)

Talking Wine with Daryl Hall

Robert talks with Daryl Hall abut wine and music in the May 31 issue of Wine Spectator. See article here

Paris' Nomiya: A trendy restaurant born to die

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 Special to the Washington Post

One of Paris's newest, hottest dining experiences will not last. And it's not for lack of interest. In fact, the competition is fierce for only 12 places at lunch and dinner and the chance to dine on modern interpretations of French classics while feasting on unbeatable views over the Seine.

PALMENTO : Book Trailer

Watch the trailer for PALMENTO: A Sicilian Wine Odyssey by Robert V. Camuto. 

Corkscrewed in Paperback

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Corkscrewed has been published in paperback with a new author's preface. Available at fine booksellers and at Amazon

Saumur Surprise

Accepting Prix jean Carmet in Saumur...Photo by Christophe Gaye

Sunday in Saumur in the heart of the Loire Valley, the French translation of Corkscrewed titled Un Americain dans les Vignes was awarded the Prix Jean Carmet (named for the late French actor and hedonist) for wine writing......read more...... 

Going Baroque in Sicily's Noto Valley

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Special to the Washington Post

It is hard for me to be objective about Sicily. In the past couple of years, I've fallen under its spell as I've crisscrossed the island: from the chaotic markets of Palermo to the stillness of the cooled lava flows on Mount Etna to the vast, rugged interior that turns from deep green in spring to a barren brown under a searing summer sun.

Sicily has become my second home: I love the contradictions of this historic place that cherishes its medieval traditions and refuses to follow simple modern rules; the natural bounty of the land; the resilience of the people; the pace of life; a cuisine with one of the widest varieties of local ingredients anywhere; and the monuments, churches and palaces, so often decorated to operatic excess.

A Pink Tide

Across France these days it's not difficult to find winemakers suffering from the latest chapter in their country's wine crisis—years of declining domestic consumption and now a global recession and a euro so pricey it's killing exports. Yet producers in Provence are experiencing a boom, all thanks to a class of wine that has often gotten little respect: rosé.

Read Robert's article in the Wine Spectator.

 

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