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On my two-week trip to America, I noticed a huge change, and not just in the relief of having a new president (Obama's heady "Yes we can" replacing Bush's "Don't even think about it" when it comes to new ideas and bettering the planet).
Tour ended-- about to board a plane for France. Two weeks of fine people and great wines in Seattle, San Francisco and New York. Check this spot in coming days for reflections, photos (here a photo from Feb. 21 at Chambers Street Wines with Nicolas Joly and daughter Viriginie) and a video of my book talk at McNally Jackson Books (SoHo). Cheers!
New York: Saturday evening Chambers Street Wines--one of the most interesting terroir driven wine merchants in the US-- hosted a Corkscrewed launch and book signing accompanied by some gorgeous wines from the book.
Nicolas Joly (in photo foreground), the godfather of biodynamic winemaking, and his daughter Virginie-- fresh off the plane from Paris-- joined us to pour some luscious vintages of Coulee de Serrant, of the world's legendary wines. Also offered was a Duras red from Robert Plageoles of Gaillac, Domaine Leon Barral's Faugeres and Jean-Michel Stephan's Cote Rotie.
As a native New Yorker I guess I can wonder aloud about some of the questions I was either asked or that I overheard.
Actually Newark New Jersey is where I landed Friday afternoon-- going directly to Gary Vaynerchuk's Wine Library TV, where we taped a two-part segment for next week in which Gary spoke about wine, food, women, and ( I think--I hope) I got Gary to drop the awful and misleading term "dessert wine" from his vocabulary.
Gary is crazy, and a fine interviewer. This was probably the first media "interview" where I felt completely relaxed. More to come next week.
A long time ago, I left something—not exactly my heart, more likely a piece of my youth-- in San Francisco.
Returning there this week was something of a strange experience. Strange because of the changes. The skyline that’s bigger and more generic. The birthing of international luxury boutiques and store chains. The loss of some soul.
The human landscape has changed as well. I remember San Francisco as a place where half the population expressed itself with outlandish punk hairstyles, body art and leather costumes. Nowadays the city seems more introverted—The faces of the Facebook generation glued to iPhones at cafes all over town.
Robert on radio
See the Video Trailer for PALMENTO on You Tube....
Robert reads from and discusses Palmento at McNally Jackson books in NY Sept. 2010.
Robert's Presentation of Palmento in Milo Sicily In Italian.
Corkscrewed On location at Dom. Borrelly-Martin (Provence)...
..at McNally-Jackson Books NYC 2009...
...at home in cellar fall 2008....
....on Wine Library TV March 2009...