Romanee-Conti for breakfast--the pluses and minus



The worst part about starting the morning drinking the wines of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti is that the rest of day is likely to go downhill from there.

Yeah, get out the violins. Last week I had the privilege of organizing a trip to Burgundy’s legendary estate in the company of Sicilian (Etna) winemakers Ciro Biondi (to right of me in the yellow pants in photo) and Alberto Aiello Graci. Background: Last year I l brought Kermit Lynch and DRC’s Aubert de Villaine around Etna. Aubert was impressed with the hospitality and the wine we tasted around the volcano and reciprocated with an offer of a visit to DRC which we took as a sort of pilgrimage.

Wine Spectator's list of "Best New Reads for Wine Lovers"


 In the Dec. 31, 2010 issue, The Wine Spectator reviews its editors' picks for "Best New Reads for Wine Lovers" including Palmento (see below) and nine others. 

Some Question and Answer sessions with Robert


Several bloggers on Italy and wine have conducted question and answer sessions with Robert about Sicily and Palmento, Check them out by following these links. 

Interview with wine author Jordan Mackay at (Nov. 2010)

"..a beautiful, enthralling work"-- Eric Asimov on Palmento in the NY Times


NY Times wine writer Eric Asimov writes this week (print edition of Oct. 6, 2010) of his recommended Six New Books for Wine and Spirits Lovers including Palmento. I can think of no greater praise for the what I tried to express in Palmento-a work from the heart about this magical land. 

Mr. Asimov writes:

A conversation on Sicily and its magic


 Read the Q & A with Robert on SicilyGuide here


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