By Sergio Esposito
As a tender baby in Naples, Italy, Sergio Esposito sat at his kitchen desk looking at the day-by-day ritual of his huge, loud relations bonding over clean neighborhood dishes and easy nation wines. whereas devouring the wealthy bufala mozzarella, nonetheless sopping with milk and salt, and the platters of clean prosciutto, sliced so skinny he might see via it, he absorbed the profound dating of meals, wine, and relations in Italian culture.
Growing up in Albany, manhattan, after emigrating there together with his relations, he continuously sat subsequent to his uncle Aldo and sipped from his wineglass in the course of their prevalent hours-long nuclear family feasts. therefore, from a truly early age, Esposito got here to affiliate wine with the heat of relations, the tastes of his mother’s cooking—and, mainly, thoughts of his former existence in Italy. while he used to be in his twenties, he headed for brand spanking new York and undertook a profession in wine, starting a trip that may culminate in his founding of Italian Wine retailers, now the top Italian wine resource in the United States. His profession provided him the chance to make common journeys again to Italy to discover wine for his consumers, to benefit the traditions of Italian winemaking, and, in so doing, to rediscover the Italian lifestyle he’d left behind.
Passion at the Vine is Esposito’s intimate and evocative memoir of his colourful kin existence in Italy, his abrupt transition to lifestyles in the US, and of his travels into the guts of Italy—its wine country—and the lives of these who inhabit it. the result's a remarkably enticing and pleasing wine/travel narrative replete with shiny pics of seductive places—the world-famous cellars of Piedmont, the sweeping estates of Tuscany, the luxurious fields of Campania, the cold hills of Friuli, the windy shorelines of Le Marche; and of memorable humans, various and colourful wine artisans—from a disco-dancing vintner who bases his farming at the rhythm of the moon to an obsessive prince who destroys his vineyards sooner than his demise in order that his grapes is not really used incorrectly.
Esposito’s luscious debts of the glorious meals and wine which are rather a lot part of Italian lifestyles, and his poignant and sometimes hilarious tales of his relationships together with his kinfolk and Italian acquaintances, make ardour at the Vine an completely precise and captivating paintings approximately Italy and its ceaselessly seductive way of life.
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