Sweatin' in the Syrah

Sweatin' in the Syrah
On a hot afternoon in Provence, Robert is out working in the vines clearing weeds from from the feet of his young Syrah vines at the beginning of the 2009 growing season. More updates coming on our 2009 winemaking!

Travel: Dining in and around Angers (Loire)


I just got back from a long weekend trip with my family in one of my favorite places on earth, the Loire Valley around the city of Angers-- a.k.a the Anjou. I have three things to say about exciting new restaurants with great food and my kind of wines. I'll just preface by noting that this part of the Loire is more natural and less touristy (with fewer blockbuster chateaux) than the area around Tours. And I love Angers -- a small University town with a big art school and a laid back vibe-- and find the people some of the friendliest in France.

Okay, so the three things:

Return to Pradeaux

 Yesterday I returned to Chateau Pradeaux in Saint -Cyr-sur-Mer (Bandol) for a generous vertical private tasting led by Cyrille Portalis, Pradeaux's  stubbornly individualistic owner/ vigneron (featured in Corkscrewed). The tasting proved that Pradeaux's mourvedre doesn't just evolve over time, it goes through fascinating personality changes as it deepens and shows off its age. A crusty bottle of '61Pradeaux (seemed about 80 in human years), was a bit wobbly,  but was still lucid and engaging. See video and more images.

Obama's US-- quitting role as beef steroid pusher?

The Obama administration made another bold commitment to American values abroad this week by renouncing the more than decade-old US policy of insisting that our trade partners eat hormones with their Happy Meals -- and like it or face stiff consequences.

French Wine Country Travel Tips

Vinerows near Wolxheim, Alsace

Corkscrewed author Robert Camuto has lived in France eight years, and has spent a lot of time on the road in the country's wine regions as a wine and epicurean travel writer.  In this Q &A he shares some personal suggestions for a rewarding wine trip in France.  

Q: Do you have a favorite wine region of France?

At Land's End: Brittany


Read full article in the Sydney Morning Herald or in the Washington Post

By Robert V. Camuto
Special to The Washington Post

Bittersweet Beaujolais

A French court comes down hard on more than 50 Beaujolais growers in doping scandal involving a simple white powder: sugar. Read Robert Camuto's news  article in the Wine Spectator.

Huff Post: Q &A

Check out the interview  by Huff Post's Louise McCready. Wine as food, green agriculture, France, Sicily, the Mafia and the Big Mess: 

Expat Robert Camuto On His Oenophilic Excursions In France

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