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Oct. 31, 2014 Issue  :  Features

Umbria Time

Led by a group of notable winemakers, Tuscany's lesser-known neighbor is stirring up a scene in the heart of Italy

Posted: October 31, 2014  By Robert Camuto

Blogs  :  Robert Camuto: Letter from Europe

Beauty in the Beast

Coaxing subtlety from an Italian monster

Posted: October 27, 2014  By Robert Camuto

Giampaolo Tabarrini knows Sagrantino. He is a fourth-generation winemaker whose father and grandfather sold their Sagrantino wines in bulk to French and Luxembourg merchants. He still lives on the family farm in a rural hamlet outside Montefalco, with his wife, son, parents and assorted other Tabarrini.

Fifteen years ago, his father handed more than 50 acres of vineyards and the wine business over to him. When he started putting his own wine in bottles, Tabarrini noticed differences in his three principal Sagrantino vineyards, all located in a cool part of the wine zone that is one of the last to be harvested in late October. With the 2003 vintage, he started bottling the wines separately.

Blogs  :  Robert Camuto: Letter from Europe

To Hail and Back

A freewheeling Provence winemaker’s ride from ruin to recovery

Posted: October 13, 2014  By Robert Camuto

Raimond de Villeneuve grins like he's won the French Loto as he looks over rows of Syrah vines loaded with dark, healthy grapes.

"It's my first real harvest since 2011," says the 52-year-old producer, who is in his 20th vintage at his Château de Roquefort in Provence.

It's a happy chapter in a story that looked like a tragedy two years ago after a hail storm destroyed his entire 62-acre crop and left half his vines damaged for the next vintage.

Blogs  :  Robert Camuto: Letter from Europe

The Wrath of My Grapes

A hard-learned winemaking lesson: Growing is the tough part

Posted: September 22, 2014  By Robert Camuto

This was the year I coulda been a contender. Instead, here I am crying in my grape juice.

The 2014 harvest was going to be the one when my small, 100-vine plot of Syrah on a patch of earth in southern France was going to shine. I am not a professional winemaker so there was no hope of my wine being tasted and scored 95 points by Wine Spectator. But it was going to put a smile on the faces of friends and vignerons who drank it.

Today I have one word: fuhgeddaboudit.

Blogs  :  Robert Camuto: Letter from Europe

Timorasso Tonight?

How Piedmont pioneer Walter Massa revived Italy’s newest celebrated white wine

Posted: September 8, 2014  By Robert Camuto

In a corner of eastern Piedmont you probably haven't heard of, Walter Massa is considered something of a prophet.

At 58, Massa is known as the farmer and visionary in Monleale (pop. 600+) who resurrected the local white Timorasso grape from near extinction with wines celebrated in Italy and beyond. In the U.S in recent years, his bottlings have found an important niche on top Italian wine lists.

Aug. 31, 2014 Issue  :  Features

Clos Maggiore

The Mediterranean laps the shores of London

Posted: August 31, 2014  By Robert Camuto

Aug. 31, 2014 Issue  :  People

Plating Piedmont

Chef Enrico Crippa sets the modern standard for regional cuisine at Piazza Duomo in Alba

Posted: August 31, 2014  By Robert Camuto

Blogs  :  Robert Camuto: Letter from Europe

Provence’s Bubble Question

Ready for southern France’s new wave of Champagne-style rosé?

Posted: August 25, 2014  By Robert Camuto

Summer rosé season is nearly over, Champagne time is coming, and more Provence winemakers are thinking about bubbles and pink. To sum up the trend: Why not make traditional Provence rosé sparkle à la Champagne?

Blogs  :  Robert Camuto: Letter from Europe

Etna Rhapsody

Giuseppe Russo’s journey from classical music to melodic Sicilian reds

Posted: August 11, 2014  By Robert Camuto

Wine Spectator contributing editor Robert Camuto visits the Mt. Etna vineyards of Giuseppe Russo to see how the former classical pianist makes his melodic Sicilian red wines.

Blogs  :  Robert Camuto: Letter from Europe

Brothers in Wine

In the shadow of Cannes, the monks’ island turns out high-end reds and whites

Posted: July 21, 2014  By Robert Camuto

Wine Spectator contributing editor Robert Camuto visits the Abbaye de Lérins, a Cistercian monastery on the tiny, idyllic island of Saint Honorat, about two miles and a 15-minute ferry ride off the yacht-jammed Cannes coast where winemaker Frère Marie turns out high-end reds and whites.

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