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The home of great bubbly ups its game
By Robert Camuto (and Alison Napjus) -- Wine Spectator Dec. 15, 2013
Few products in history have been more associated with the good life, glamour and celebration than Champagne. Yet in modern times, even as the sparkling wine boomed, the Champagne region itself—one of France's most historic and bucolic wine countries—remained a sleepy backwater.
Up until recently, locals in Champagne didn't pay much attention to creating a travel experience worthy of the name. With the eponymous bubbly easily traveling the planet, the thinking seemed to be, why show off Champagne wine country?
That approach has taken a dramatic turn. In the past decade, the quality of Champagne as a destination has risen with a wave of hotel renovations and new vineyard accommodations, an influx of creative chefs, the area's first Champagne bars and more opportunity to tour Champagne houses large and small. A high-speed train line put the regional capital of Reims a mere 45 minutes from Paris.
The leaders of an Austrian wine renaissance coax stunning whites from stony hillsides
By Robert Camuto-- Wine Spectator Nov. 15, 2013
The Wachau Valley is a 23-mile visual feast of tidy medieval villages, hilltop castle ruins and dense conifer forests, all set amid dramatically steep vineyards whose terraced slopes cling to the riverbanks of the winding Danube.
Despite more than a thousand years as a winemaking center, the Wachau has only seen its wines burst into the ranks of the world's great whites in the past 20 years, with aromatic Rieslings and food-friendly Grüner Veltliners.
Stateside, Austrian wine has become a tiny but fast-growing niche, with wine lovers, merchants and sommeliers increasingly turning to Wachau whites.
At 31 and on the cusp of her tenth vintage, Sicily’s revolutionary winemaker Arianna Occhipinti has redefined the image of the modern vintner by returning to the island’s native roots.
By Robert Camuto-- la Cucina Italiana November, 2013
The Mastroberardino family helped spark a quality revolution in the high hills of Campania
By Robert Camuto-- Wine Spectator Oct. 31, 2013
Mount Vesuvius looms over the vine-rich landscape of southern Italy's Campania region as a blessing and a curse. Violent eruptions from the volcano have periodically wreaked destruction on the countryside, including most famously the Roman city of Pompeii in A.D. 79. Yet the soils that issue from its lava and ash have helped create the uniqueterroir for the region's greatest reds, made from the late-ripening Aglianico grape, as well as some of its most flavorful whites.
By Robert Camuto--Wine Spectator March 31, 2013
You may never have heard of Italy's most significant sparkling wine. In fact, the name Ferrari may evoke images of fast cars rather than Cantine Ferrari, the winery at the edge of the northeastern city of Trento, surrounded by Alpine foothills planted with high-altitude vineyards of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
At 110 years old, Ferrari is Italy's largest, oldest and most celebrated producer in the Champagne style. In the past century it has grown from a boutique label started by a local agronomist to a pioneering, family-owned producer of about 375,000 cases, including vintage wines comparable to some of the most prestigious and more expensive names in Champagne.
Yet almost all of Ferrari's product has stayed in Italy.
By Robert Camuto - Wine Spectator April 30, 2013
Oscar Farinetti, an Italian entrepreneur and the founder of Eataly, has created a worldwide chain of high-end temples to Italian food. But he's hungry for more.
In just six years, this son of a Piedmont pasta maker has built an epicurean empire. From its base in Turin, Eataly has expanded across Italy to New York and Tokyo, with 20 locations opened and 17 more on the drawing board. The Eataly format resembles a foodie-fantasy of an Italian village, complete with restaurants, cafés and market stalls. In each location, chefs and winemakers share their expertise in workshops and seminars.
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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)...
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...at home in cellar fall 2008....
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