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;
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.and#160;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.Watch the
"From the craggy vineyards of Mount Etna to the tiny moscato-producing island of Pantelleria, and from every angle of its wine hierarchy, Mr. Camuto extracts fascinating and illuminating details about Sicily, bringing to life the characters, conflicts and family dynamics that define a culture and its wines. Itand#8217;s a beautiful, enthralling work, eternally wistful and hopeful, much like Sicily itself."and#8212;Eric Asimov, New York Times
"[Robert Camuto's]and#160;affection for Sicily and its citizens is heartfelt, and his skill and enthusiasm combine to create a captivating portrait of a singular culture."and#8212;Thomas Matthews, Wine Spectator
"By coexisting with his subject through four contiguous seasons, Camuto captures an intimate family album that eloquently details the idiosyncrasies, charisma and drive of Sicilian winemakers today."and#8212;Kirkus Reviews
"Camuto does a good job of evoking the beauty and mystery of the island, and captures some dozen winemakers in profiles that range from the very brief to the very detailed. . . . Through his eyes, I enjoyed meeting Giusto Occhipinti of COS, Diego Planeta, Frank Cornelissen, Marco de Bartoli and others."and#8212;S. Irene Virbila, Los Angeles Times
"[Robert Camuto's]and#160;bookand#8212;half wine book, half travelogueand#8212;is entertaining and enlightening and will certainly pique your interest in visiting Sicily and drinking Sicilian wines."and#8212;Jordan Mackay, chow.com
"You'd better be ready to open a good bottle of wine and prepare some appetizers before you start readingand#8212;the author's tantalizing writing will drive you to snacking."and#8212;Tracey, Powell's Books
Robert V. Camutoand#8217;s interest in wine turned into a passion when he moved to France and began digging into local soils and cellars. Corkscrewed recounts Camutoand#8217;s journey through Franceand#8217;s myriad regionsand#8212;and how the journey brought about a profound change in everything he believed about wine.and#160;The world of great wines was once dominated by great Bordeaux chand#226;teaux. As those chand#226;teaux were bought up by moguls and international corporations, the heart of French winemaking moved into the realm of small producers, whose wines reflect the stunning diversity of regional environment, soil, and cultureand#8212;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 worldand#8217;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 and#8220;difficult.and#8221;and#160;Aand#160;celebration of the diversity that makes French wine more than a mere commodity, Camutoand#8217;s work is a delightful look beyond the supermarket to the various flavors offered by the true vintners of France.
About the Author
Robert V. Camuto has been a journalist for nearly thirty years. He is a regular contributor to the Wine Spectator and the Washington Post and his articles have appeared in many other magazines and newspapers. He and his family live in France.