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Letter from Europe: My new blog for the Wine Spectator

This week my new twice-monthly blog called Letter from Europe made its debut at the Wine Spectator. My first post called "The Human Face of Wine" begins:

"There are lots of reasons to love wine, but for me the most important reason is people..."

if you are familiar with my books and work you know this is who I am. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to roam the continent (mostly Italy and France) and relate the human stories from the wine world. There will be some great ones coming up very soon, so stay tuned. I hope you'll join the conversation. 

You can read the first blog on the Wine Spectator site here

Robert Camuto

Palmento tour ends in Dallas and on Dallas Public Radio

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The Palmento US tour ended in Dallas Monday with a fantastic Palmento Sicilian wine dinner at Jimmy's Food Store in Dallas-- an old-timey Italian grocery with a beautiful dining room (in what had once been a beauty salon) tucked in back. Visiting Chef Sharon Hage (beloved in Dallas for her former restaurant York St.) and Matt Balkeproduced a five course Sicilian-inspired meal to pair with a variety of wines. Biggest surprise was a cheese course of  gorgonzola stuffed cannoli with carmelized honey and pistachios paired with Arancio Hekate Passito. Owner Paul DiCarlo made it all come together and the event sold out in a day. LIsten to Robert on KERA Dallas's Think program (1 hr. broadcast)

Listen to Robert on KGO San Francisco's Dining Around program 1/2 hr. broadcast after news. (Mp3 format).

Story on Palmento in the East Bay Express

Sipping in Sicily with Robert Camuto 

A travel writer pays homage to an ancient island's wines.

Gone West!

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After more than 10 days in the US from Boston to New York and through the Big Easy (I had to get out --if I'd stayed a couple of more days I could have gone native), I'm on the west coast looking forward to pair of book/readings and signings and a radio appearance in San Francisco (KGO's Dining Around at noon on Saturday). 

The schedule for the Bay Area (Berkeley-Redwood City and San Francisco Thursday through Saturday) is this: 

RIP Marco De Bartoli

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Marco De Bartoli, the heart and an engine of Sicilian wine's return to quality in recent decades, has passed away at a young 66 years old. As volcanic in temperament as he was passionate about Sicily and its wines, Bartoli broke with the Marsala establishment including his own family in the 1980s to make small production fine Marsala's with nearly extinct traditional methods and became an inspiration for young Sicilian winemakers. 

Life may be fleeting but great Marsalas such as those produced by De Bartoli, are eternal. 

Palmento tour update --Boston

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I am heading to New York by train in time for the Saint Patrick's day parade. This evening while a few million New Yorkers are swilling green beer, Iill be leading a class at EATALY on Sicilian wines. Good ol' Santo Patrizio.

Palmento on public radio in Sonoma

Robert's taped appearance on Mouthful Radio with Michelle Anna Jordan (March 6, 2011) on KRCB radio (Sonoma County, CA) http://media.krcb.org/podcasts/mouthful/mful_20110306.mp3

The Palmento Spring Tour!

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I'll be on the road in the US for two weeks starting March 15: talking, drinking and eating with friends and those who love or are interested in learning about Sicily and its wines and more. 

Boston-New York-New Orleans-Sf Bay Area- and Dallas-Fort Worth. 

See the full schedule here. And hope to see you there.

Romanee-Conti for breakfast--the pluses and minus

AT DRC

 

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.

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