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Corkscrewed: Adventures in the New French Wine Country (At Table) Paperback – June 1, 2010
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"[Camuto's] enthusiasm for underdog grapes, regions and winemakers makes him a pleasant guide along the back roads of France." -- Thomas Matthews "Wine Spectator"
"If you saw and liked the film Mondovino, get this book. Like a collection of love letters to wine, each chapter showcases a winemaker who has carved out a niche for himself amid the encroaching corporate tide, sprawl, or commercialization. In a world of oak chips and cost-benefit analysis, these are the winemakers who must endure, even in beloved France." -- Maggie Savarino Dutton "Seattle Weekly" (02/10/2009)
"Mr. Camuto's writing is precise, entertaining and compelling enough that it should appeal to audiences beyond the normally narrow scope reached by wine books. It reads very much like a collection of short stories that come together to form what is essentially a non-fiction novel. It travels a road that I'd very much like to follow. The individual stories alone are very much worth the price of admission. The fact that they come together to form a much greater whole makes Corkscrewed a rare gem in the field of wine literature and a highly recommended read." -- McDuff's Food and Wine Trail "David McDuff"
[Corkscrewed] inspires thirst and curiosity. . . . Mr. Camutos adventures will introduce readers to little-known French wines like Domaine Borrely-Martin of Provence, Chteau Moss of Roussillon and Domaine des Tres Cantous of Gaillac and to the passionate individuals that persevere despite the absence of monetary reward. These may not be the wines that earn one spurs as a connoisseur, but they certainly may produce a worthy sense of humility at how much there is to learn. I cant wait to drink them.Eric Asimov, New York Times, Dining & Wine section -- Eric Asimov "New York Times Dining & Wine" (12/16/2008)
If you think you would enjoy having a conversation with a passionate French wine craftsman, dive into Robert Camutos delicious new book. I spend a good part of my life underground in France, and everything Camuto relates of his adventures rings true. And to those of you tiring of the varietal bandwagon, heres an escape route.Kermit Lynch, wine importer and author of Adventures on the Wine Route: A Wine Buyer''s Tour of France -- Kermit Lynch (08/24/2007)
[Camutos] enthusiasm for underdog grapes, regions and winemakers makes him a pleasant guide along the back roads of France.Thomas Matthews, Wine Spectator -- Thomas Matthews "Wine Spectator"
If you saw and liked the film Mondovino, get this book. Like a collection of love letters to wine, each chapter showcases a winemaker who has carved out a niche for himself amid the encroaching corporate tide, sprawl, or commercialization. In a world of oak chips and cost-benefit analysis, these are the winemakers who must endure, even in beloved France.Maggie Savarino Dutton, Seattle Weekly -- Maggie Savarino Dutton "Seattle Weekly" (02/10/2009)
Mr. Camutos writing is precise, entertaining and compelling enough that it should appeal to audiences beyond the normally narrow scope reached by wine books. It reads very much like a collection of short stories that come together to form what is essentially a non-fiction novel. It travels a road that Id very much like to follow. The individual stories alone are very much worth the price of admission. The fact that they come together to form a much greater whole makes Corkscrewed a rare gem in the field of wine literature and a highly recommended read.David McDuff, McDuffs Food and Wine Trail -- McDuff's Food and Wine Trail "David McDuff"
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Although you will most likely want to run right out and buy wines from all the producers profiled in the book, that isn't the point. The author is not a professional wine critic or wine speculator; he's a passionate observer and insightful investigator. He also loves wine and all that it can mean in the context of food, culture, society and history.
With an often elegant, sometimes eclectic, but always very personal style, Camuto demonstrates a truly inspired sensitivity and commitment to his subject. There's also something "deeper" in the book that I can't quite put my finger on yet but that goes beyond any prosaic comments about natural wine or devoted growers. Perhaps it's the notion that wine IS food, sustenance, and a catalyst for experiences that are even more significant and profound than what transpires in the vineyard or at the dinner table. At the very least, Camuto delivers "a collection of love letters to wine," as a Seattle reviewer aptly described it. That alone is more than enough for me.
"Corkscrewed" is the last in a rather long list of wine books that I've read over the past decade and more. I wish it had been the first.
culture is more than that, yes indeed, much more than a tome for
oenophiles. Certainly It is a perceptive narrative of the fascinating
array of wines in different sections of France. All revealed by
someone who is profoundly knowledgeable of the differences and nuances
of those differences in various wines produced in a number of sections
of France. But it reaches far beyond being just a well written
discourse on such wines. It is made up of fascinating human interest
vignettes about those involved in various aspects of French grape
raising and wine production. These are the people the tourist never
meets, or more importantly, never gets to know as friends. This is a
tribute to the author's far above average writing and perception
capability. The book is filled with the escapades of this "seeker of
wine growers." The reader really gets to know these people, many of
whom are the latest extension of families who have been in the wine
producing occupation for years, yes, even centuries. You follow the
author as he travels from region to region, in many cases unveiling
wines known to only a few. The human interest element reflects a writer
who has been a skilled and observant journalist for years. Just one
example, when he decides to become a "grape picker" for a week. The
reader shares the joy of a dedicated wine aficionado getting involved
in producing his favorite libation. And you can feel the aches and
pains of working from sun up to sundown in the vineyards.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Met the autor in France this summer at a wine tasting. Book lived up to my expectations.Published 3 months ago by Claire Y. Hunt
This book is full of valuable information on committed French wine makers; it's the kind of book everyone who's truly interested in wine will devour. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Cynthia GS
I gave it as a gift for Christmas. My Daughter was very pleased
with all the information. I'm sure it will serve her well.
Thanks to Robert Camuto for finding grace, beauty and soul in the defiant French people who populate his book. Read morePublished on June 14, 2009 by Quebecois at Heart
Think of this book as a follow-up to Kermit Lynch's, "Adventures on the Wine Route."
If you already like -- or even love -- wine, "Corkscrewed" will heighten the... Read more
This is a very entertaining account of the current status of the French wine industry. It is well written by a knowledgeable author.Published on February 19, 2009 by Harry E. Graham
In a world of overblown everything from houses to wine, it is refreshing to read Robert V. Camuto's, Corkscrewed. Camuto writes about a new generation of French wine producers. Read morePublished on January 31, 2009 by Sally Vetter
I have NY Times wine writer Eric Asimov to thank for bringing this book to my attention; he called it one of the best he'd read in 2008, and I'm inclined to agree (though he no... Read morePublished on January 13, 2009 by A reader