The Inside Story from Italian Wine Merchants

Sergio Esposito

Sergio Esposito Sergio Esposito, IWM Founder & CEO. With more than 20 years of experience in the world of Italian wine,Sergio is recognized by industry insiders as the premier Italian wine consultant in the United States. In 1999, Sergio founded Italian Wine Merchants in New York City and continues to lead the store in raising the profile of Italian wine in this country and influencing both colleagues and collectors with cutting-edge selections and services. Journalists, writers and wine enthusiasts regularly consult with him, and he is frequently featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, International Herald Tribune, Wine Spectator, Food & Wine, and SmartMoney. Sergio spends three months of the year in Italy, where he meets with producers, tastes new vintages, and brokers the sale of wines. He travels around the United States monthly, giving lectures and presenting tastings. Sergio is also the author of Passion on the Vine: A Memoir of Food, Wine and Family in the Heart of Italy.

Passion on the Vine is Sergio’s evocative memoir of his journey from Italy to America and his frequent trips back to his homeland, some with his growing family in tow. He takes you to the cold hills of Friuli, the world-famous cellars of Piedmont, the sweeping estates of Tuscany, the windy beaches of Le Marche, and the lush fields of Campania. Along the way he introduces a cast of remarkable characters, not the least of which are his own mother and father-at times exasperating but always endearing. You’ll also meet the man who introduced Italy’s wine and gastronomic heritage to the world; a ballroom-dancing winemaker who bases his farming on the rhythm of the moon; and an obsessive prince who destroys his vineyards before his death so that his grapes will never be used incorrectly. A very personal celebration of food, wine, and family that no one will be able to resist, Passion on the Vine is quite simply the most beautiful love letter to Italy you will ever have the pleasure of reading.

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