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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. The world of great wines was once dominated by great Bordeaux chateaux. As those chateaux were bought up by moguls and international corporations, the heart of French winemaking moved into the realm of small producers, whose wines reflect the stunning diversity of regional environment, soil, and culture-terroir. 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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Preface Illustrations Acknowledgments Introduction: As the Corkscrew Turns 1. Rebel with a Chateau 2. The Wrath of Grapes 3. Among the Mayonnaise 4. The Madman of Bandol 5. A Brother's Blood 6. Drinking with Uncles Jacques 7. Poop and People in the New French Wine Country 8. The Soul of Cote Rotie 9. Remembering Gaillac 10. Heaven, Hell, or Burgundy 11. The Moon, the Stars, and the Loire 12. Where Goes Chatus Appendix: Featured Winemakers

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Funny, intelligent, and revealing look at small, ecologically minded, high-quality wineries in France

About 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.


"[Corkscrewed] inspires thirst and curiosity... Mr. Camuto's adventures will introduce readers to little-known French wines like Domaine Borrely-Martin of Provence, Chateau Mosse 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, New York Times, Dining & Wine section "Camuto's lighthearted book is a particularly enjoyable read that chronicles the author's journey through French wine country in a scrumptious collection of stories about wine, food, vineyards and wine-makers." Beth Hiser Bloomsbury Review

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