What's new so far (From France and Sicily)

Etna Summit

 a shot taken at Etna's summit

This fall has been a truly incredible time: promoting one book in French, preparing another book for next year and – in between—visiting places and tasting wines with transformative powers. 

The French translation of Corkscrewed – entitled Un Américain dans les vignes: Une ode amoureuse a la France du bien-vivre—hit bookstores in September and has been very well received. Personally, the title makes me cringe, yet it has been heartening to see how open French people are to hearing a foreigner’s take on their terroirs. In general French society is so fatalistic these days and many seem surprised by the obvious: that France still has the greatest diversity of wine terroirs anywhere, that French wine regions are turning out more good wine than ever, and that it’s not too late to avoid France becoming one big international-style strip mall. 

Press time!

 Fermentation is complete. To the wine press!

See more 2 Gars home winemaking videos from the 2009 vintage......

The wine explodes! (Home winemaking '09 Video #4)

Winner of the Prix Clos de Vougeot 2009


I am back from Burgundy and the mythic 12th century Chateau du Clos de Vougeot, where last Saturday the Prix Clos de Vougeot 2009 literary prize was awarded to the French translation of my book Corkscrewed aka  "Un Americain dans les vignes: Une ode amoureuse a la France du bien-vivre" (Editions Michel Lafon, 2009).

The wine explodes! (Home winemaking video '09 #4)

The morning after...we have liftoff (and a mess to clean up)!

 See more 2 Gars home winemaking videos from the 2009 vintage......

Filling the cuve (home winemaking '09  Video # 3

Filling the Cuve (Home winemaking '09 video #3)

After a trip out to the Var to pick mourvedre our 100-liter alimentary plastic fermenting cuve is filled. We have ignition.......

 See more 2 Gars home winemaking videos from the 2009 vintage......

Picking the Syrah '09 (Home winemaking '09 Video #2)

I'm a writer not a winemaker. But when I'm not writing, I'm growing and making things at home in Provence: like olives -- olive oil and grapes -- wine. This year I'm going to share moments of the home winemaking season as in this video of picking the Syrah. Note here that my grapes are grown using only sulfur and copper treatments. The wine (aka 2 Gars Vin de Table) is made with no added yeast and sulfur is added only at bottling.


 See more 2 Gars home winemaking videos from the 2009 vintage......

Apocalypse in a sauce pot

On a train trip to Paris last week, I finished reading Mike Steinberger’s new book Au Revoir to all That: Food, Wine and the end of France, and it left me entertained but unsatisfied--and wondering where I’d seen the film before. Was it Disney’s Ratatouille?

ON THE AIR (in France)

Listen to Robert speak about the fall Foires Aux Vins on Radio France Info with Fabienne Chauviere (in French). Here

Ecoutez Robert sur France Info (avec Fabienne Chauviere) en parlant des Foires Aux Vins. ICI

Why I 'Vendange' .... Pourquoi je vendange

Vendange team Borrelly Martin 1 Sept. 09

As summer gives way to the first autumnlike mornings, when most of the world is thinking about back to school( la rentree) or the end of vacation, I gravitate to the vines and the hum of harvest --les vendanges.

Chaque automne, à cette époque, lorsque la plupart du monde est de penser à retourner à l'école (la rentrée) ou la fin des vacances, je gravitent autour de la vigne et du bourdonnement de la récolte - les vendanges.

Corkscrewed in French

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  Released in France (August 27 by Editions Michel Lafon) , the French translation of Corkscrewed bears the title: Un Américain dans les vignes: Une ode amoureuse à la France du bien-vivre.


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