Corkscrewed: Adventures in the New French Wine Country

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"Robert V. Camuto's interest in wine turned into a passion when he moved to France and began digging into local soils and cellars. Corkscrewed recounts Camuto's journey through France's myriad regions - and how the journey brought about a profound change in everything he believed about wine." "In this book we follow Camuto across France as he works harvesting grapes in Alsace, learns about wine and bombs in Corsica, and eats and drinks his way through the world's greatest bacchanalia in Burgundy. Along the route he discovers a new generation of winemakers who have rejected chemicals, additives, and technologically altered wines. His book charts an odyssey into this new world of French wine, a world of biodynamic winegrowing, herbal treatments, lunar cycles, and grape varieties long ago dismissed as "difficult."" A celebration of the diversity that makes French wine more than a mere commodity, Camuto's work is a delightful look beyond the supermarket to the various flavors offered by the true vintners of France.
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Editorial Reviews
[Camuto] is a stylish writer with a gift for describing the way his subjects look and think, and express themselves in words and wine. He explains each winemaker's approach and results, also adding a bit of insight about intra-French competition and the export market in the French wine industry today.
—Claire Walter
Wine Spectator
His enthusiasm for underdog grapes, regions and winemakers makes him a pleasant guide along the back roads of France.
—Thomas Matthews
McDuff's Food and Wine Trail
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.
—David McDuff
New York Times Dining & Wine
Just as a trip around the French countryside reveals dozens of dishes that never make it to French restaurants in the United States, Mr. Camuto's adventures will introduce readers to little-known French wines like Domaine Borrely-Martin of Provence, Château Mossé 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 can't wait to drink them.
—Eric Asimov
"[Camuto] is a stylish writer with a gift for describing the way his subjects look and think, and express themselves in words and wine. He explains each winemaker's approach and results, also adding a bit of insight about intra-French competition and the export market in the French wine industry today."

— Claire Walter,

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803276352
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/2008
  • Series: At Table
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 212
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert V. Camuto has been a journalist for nearly thirty years. He is a contributor to Wine Spectator and the Washington Post, and his articles have appeared in many other magazines and newspapers. He and his family live in France.
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Table of Contents

Introduction: As the Corkscrew Turns 1

1 Rebel with a Chateau 13

2 The Wrath of Grapes 39

3 Among the Mayonnaise 55

4 The Madman of Bandol 69

5 A Brother's Blood 79

6 Drinking with Uncle Jacques 89

7 Poop and People in the New French Wine Country 107

8 The Soul of Cote Rorie 119

9 Remembering Gaillac 135

10 Heaven, Hell, or Burgundy 149

11 The Moon, the Stars, and the Loire 161

12 Where Goes Chatus 177

Appendix Featured Winemakers 193

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