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Robert Camuto is a prize-winning journalist and author living in the south of France. Since he moved to France nearly a decade ago, he has contributed travel, wine and epicurean articles to publications including the Food & Wine, the Wine Spectator the Washington Post and other publications. He has also worked as a project writer and editor for clients including the Michelin Green Guides.
His critically-acclaimed first book, Corkscrewed: Adventures in the New French Wine Country was published in 2008 (University of Nebraska Press) is a pilgrimage through French wine country. It tells the story of a new generation of French regional winemakers striving to preserve endangered traditions, reconnect with nature, and produce quality wines on what are oftentimes little known terroirs. In 2009 the book was translated into French (Editions Michel Lafon) under the title Un American dans les vignes: Une ode amoureuse a la France de bien vivre and it has won two distinguished literary awards.
His second book, Palmento: A Sicilian Wine Odyssey-- is an an exploration of Sicily-- from its cuisines to its history, mores, culture, and antimafia movement-- viewed through the prism of wine and winemakers. The book was published in 2010; New York Times wine critic Eric Asimov called it a "beautiful, enthralling work."
A New York native and graduate of the Columbia University School of Journalism (1984), Robert has over the years contributed to publications including the New York Times, New York Daily News, the San Francisco Chronicle and Examiner, D (Dallas) Magazine, the Sydney Morning Herald and many more.
Robert worked for years as a newspaper reporter and editor in Texas, before founding the irreverent, award-winning alternative newsweekly Fort Worth Weekly (www.fwweekly.com) in 1996. After selling the newspaper in 2000, Robert realized a long-time dream of moving to France with his French-born wife and their Texas-born son.
The Camuto family renovated a centuries-old olive oil mill as their home. When not traveling, he cultivates olives and vines on his property; he and a fellow wine lover began making red wine on the property in 2006.
He has made many radio and live speaking appearances talking about his work and his passionate views on wine, winemaking and terroirs.
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...