Finally, Robert V. Camuto, a prolific wine and travel writer for Wine Spectator magazine and other publications including the Washington Post, gives us a delightful account of a pre-pandemic journey through southern Italy. in “South of Somewhere: Wine, Food and the Soul of Italy.” Camuto isn’t breaking new ground here – in fact, he’s following the same playbook Somerville and Ross did a century earlier. It gives us a captivating snapshot of a region irritated by its inferior stature compared to northern Italy. We meet ambitious young generations who quarrel with their parents over values, both cultural and wine-growing. The winegrowers and their families that Camuto presents to us are reminiscent of those Somerville and Ross met more than a century ago. And they are no different from us, even though they eat better. Both books invite us to travel – one through time, the other to a rugged land of spicy salumi, down-to-earth folk, and honest wines.