"From the craggy vineyards of Mount Etna to the tiny moscato-producing island of Pantelleria, and from every angle of its wine hierarchy, Mr. Camuto extracts fascinating and illuminating details about Sicily, bringing to life the characters, conflicts and family dynamics that define a culture and its wines. It's a beautiful, enthralling work, eternally wistful and hopeful, much like Sicily itself. " - Erec Asimov New York Times "Robert is brilliant, witty, and thorough in describing the true characters of Sicilian wine today, uncovering the very human and heart-warming side to making wine in a wine paradise... Bravo!!" Shelley Lindgren, partner/wine director of A16 and SPQR restaurants and co-author of A16: Food + Wine "Thank goodness the publisher sent me an advance copy so I can get to Camuto's Sicily before everyone else. Here are the sights and sounds, the smells and tastes, and plenty of hopes and fears from what sounds like an island paradise." Kermit Lynch, wine importer and author of Adventures on the Wine Route: a Wine Buyer's Tour of FranceVom Verlag:
Inspired by a deep passion for wine, an Italian heritage, and a desire for a land somewhat wilder than his home in southern France, Robert V. Camuto set out to explore Sicily's emerging wine scene. What he discovered during more than a year of travelling the region, however, was far more than a fascinating wine frontier. Chronicling his journey through Palermo to Marsala, across the rugged interior of Sicily to the heights of Mount Etna, Camuto captures the personalities and flavours and the traditions and natural riches that have made Italy's largest and oldest wine region the world traveller's newest discovery. In the island's vastly different wines he finds an expression of humanity and nature---and the space where the two merge into something more. Here, amid the wild landscapes, lavish markets, dramatic religious rituals, deliciously contrasting flavours, and astonishing natural warmth of its people, Camuto portrays Sicily at a shining moment in history. He takes readers into the anti-Mafia movement growing in the former mob vineyards around infamous Corleone; tells the stories of some of the island's most prominent landowning families; and introduces us to film and music celebrities and other foreigners drawn to Sicily's vineyards. His book takes wine as a powerful metaphor for the independent identity of this mythic land, which has thrown off its legacies of violence, corruption, and poverty to emerge, finally free, with its great soul intact.
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