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Corkscrewed The world of great wines was once dominated by Bordeaux ch teaux. As those ch teaux were bought up by moguls, the heart of French winemaking moved into the realm of small producers, whose wines reflect the diversity of regional environment, soil, and culture - terroir. This work recounts the author's journey through France's myriad regions. Full description

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The soul of winemaking revealed 13 octobre 2008
Par J. Loeffler - Publié sur
Format: Relié
When I lived in Napa, I saw the sad, inevitable industrial takeover of the wine community. Now the moneymen mass produce thousands of acres of mediocre cabernet or zinfandel in the Central Valley and slap a label with the word "Napa" on it to inflate the price. They doctor their mediocrity with wood chips and flavored yeasts. Some regions of France are losing their integrity to this bottom feeding mentality. Robert Camuto, like Kermit Lynch and director Jonathan Nossiter (Mondovino), seeks out the people who are wrestling the soul of wine away from the people and places that would sell it to the highest bidder. Corkscrewed hits it on the head with his uneasiness at the rote tasting sessions at Vinexpo. From there he takes us with him on his voyages of discovery, not as an expert but as a wine lover. He conjures images of the real, the genuine, the natural and the heartfelt in each of his visits to various wine regions in France. His comical, bacchus-possessed visit to the most over-the-top wine event in the world, the auction at les Hospices de Beaune, makes you realize that the Burgundians have somehow maintained their integrity in spite of the world wide clamor for pinot noir. His journey with the peasant (et fier d'etre!) in the Ardêche and that region's rediscovery of chatus, provides hope. The stories and survival of these intense, impassioned winemakers are essential for any wine lover.
8 internautes sur 8 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Anyone who loves France or its wines will treasure Corkscrewed 20 novembre 2008
Par Thomas E. Korosec - Publié sur
Format: Relié
Although its principal subject is wine and the search for authenticity by some of France's most devoted winemakers, Corkscrewed does a wonderful job capturing a sense of place. The chateau-rich hills of Bordeaux, the pristine coasts of Corsica, the wine-growing corners of Provence and other lesser-visited regions take form as both backdrop and integral elements in Robert Camuto's French wine country adventures. Through a collection of expertly sketched characters, many of whom truly are characters, he brings to life the tension between craftsmanship and commercialism in this charming corner of world agriculture. These Frenchman are by turns humorous and stubbornly opinionated, and expertly rendered by an author with an eye and ear for telling detail.
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Love Letters to Wine 14 mai 2009
Par A. Nelson - Publié sur
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If what you worry about when you worry about wine is drowning in rivers and lakes and seas of homogeneous and technologically altered plonk ("a perpetual assembly line of high-octane wines that tend to taste alike"), help is on the way. Well, maybe not "help" per se, but inspiration.

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.
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Off the beaten path travel in France 14 janvier 2009
Par francophile - Publié sur
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
This is a good book about wine in France, and the lives of wine-makers, who have resisted the one-size fits all model of mass production. The author introduces the reader to little-known, off the beaten path wine-makers, whose wines represent the unique geography and culture of their localities, in short their "terroir," as the French call this hard to translate concept of place. The book provides both an excellent travel companion for diverse regions in France, as well as an authoritative exploration of the French wine industry from a more grassroots angle. The story-telling is captivating and the characters are memorable. Even for arm chair enthusiasts, it's a fun read. The author is an American journalist who has been living and writing in France with his family for eight years.
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Wine and human interest 25 février 2009
Par F. J. Raskopf - Publié sur
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Corkscrewed, although promoted as a deep insight into the French wine
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. And even the
satisfaction when his fellow veteran grape pickers celebrate his
achievement by the traditional grape dunking -'ceremoniously
depositing him as his "baptism of grapes" into a tub of his favorite
fruit. This is a pleasant journey into the French wine country, related
by an individual who has both a superb command of what wine is all
about and an equally superb command of the writing art, effectively
employed to explain the appreciation of the wine mystic. Obviously, I
think this book is a definite "keeper."
Jack Raskopf, Fort Worth, Texas
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