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Palmento: A Sicilian Wine Odyssey (At Table)by Robert V Camuto
Palmento: A Sicilian Wine Odyssey is the chronicle of a year spent traveling the wine country of Sicily. Camuto has amazing recall and presents his tales with such clarity that you feel like you're noshing and imbibing along with him. But you'd better be ready to open a good bottle of wine and prepare some appetizers before you start reading — the author's tantalizing writing will drive you to snacking.
Synopses & Reviews
Inspired by a deep passion for wine, an Italian heritage, and a desire for a land somewhat wilder than his home in southern France, Robert V. Camuto set out to explore Sicilyand#8217;s emerging wine scene. What he discovered during more than a year of traveling the region, however, was far more than a fascinating wine frontier.and#160;
Chronicling his journey through Palermo to Marsala, and across the rugged interior of Sicily to the heights of Mount Etna, Camuto captures the personalities and flavors andand#160;the traditions and natural riches that have made Italyand#8217;s largest and oldest wine region the world travelerand#8217;s newest discovery. In the islandand#8217;s vastly different wines he finds an expression of humanity and natureand#8212;andand#160;the space where the two merge into something more.
Here, amid the wild landscapes, lavish markets, dramatic religious rituals, deliciously contrasting flavors, and astonishing natural warmth of its people, Camuto portrays Sicily at a shining moment in history. He takes readers into the anti-Mafia movement growing in the former mob vineyards around infamous Corleone; tells the stories of some of the islandand#8217;s most prominent landowning families; and introduces us to film and music celebrities and other foreigners drawn to Sicilyand#8217;s vineyards. His book takes wine as a powerful metaphor for the independent identity of this mythic land, which has thrown off its legacies of violence, corruption, and poverty to emerge, finally free, with its great soul intact.
Shortly after graduating from the University of Glasgow in 1934, Elizabeth and#8220;Bessieand#8221; Williamson began working as a temporary secretary at the Laphroaig Distillery on the Scottish island Islay. Williamson quickly found herself joining the boys in the tasting room, studying the distillation process, and winning them over with her knowledge of Scottish whisky.
After the owner of Laphroaig passed away, Williamson took over the prestigious company and became theand#160;spokesperson in America for the entire Scotch whisky industry. Impressing clients and showing her passion as the Scotch Whisky Associationand#8217;s trade ambassador, she soon gained fame within the industry.
Whiskey Women tells the tales of women who have created this industry, from Mesopotamiaand#8217;s first beer brewers and distillers to Americaand#8217;s rough-and-tough bootleggers during Prohibition. Women have long distilled, marketed, and owned significant shares in spirits companies, including Bushmills, Johnnie Walker, and Makerand#8217;s Mark. Williamsonand#8217;s story is one of many among the influential women who greatly influenced Scotch, bourbon, and Irish whiskey. Until now their stories have remained untold.
About the Author
Robert V. Camuto is an award-winning journalist and travel writer. He is a contributor to Wine Spectator and the Washington Post and the author of Corkscrewed: Adventures in the New French Wine Country, available in a Bison Books edition.
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