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Passion on the Vine -- A Memoir of Food, Wine, and Family in the Heart of Italy
Passion on the Vine is Sergio Esposito's intimate and evocative memoir of colorful family life in his native Italy, his abrupt transition to life in America, and his travels into the heart of Italy-- its wine country-- as a wine merchant. The result is a remarkably engaging and entertaining travel narrative, replete with vivid portraits of seductive places-- the world--famous cellars of Piedmont, the sweeping estates of Tuscany, the lush fields of Campania, the chilly hills of Friuli, the windy beaches of Le Marche-- the memorable people-- diverse and vibrant wine artisans, from a disco-dancing vintner who bases his farming on the rhythm of the moon to an obsessive prince who destroys his vineyards before his death so that his grapes will never be used incorrectly.
Esposito's luscious accounts of the wonderful food and wine that are so much a part of Italian life and his poignant, often hilarious stores of his relationships with his family and Italian friends make Passion on the Vine an utterly unique and enchanting work about Italy and its eternally seductive lifestyle.