Mary Taylor Simeti’s Anti-Mafia Wine

December 19, 2012 // Uncategorized

3people_0I’m so pleased that my first post on my new site is about my first story for Zester Daily. I’ve been a big fan Mary Taylor Simeti’s books, such as On Persephone’s Island, and Pomp and Sustenance, since the ’80s. But I met Mary herself just this September, on a wonderful press trip organized by Oldways on the Sicilian island of Pantelleria. (Here’s a picture, courtesy of Oldways, of Mary flanked by Ihsan Gurdal of Formaggio Kitchen on the left, and Rolando┬áBeramendi of Manicaretti food importers on the right.) One day, sitting together in the back of the van, between pointing out caper bushes and pomegranate trees (I had never seen either), she mentioned that her Nero d’Avalo wine was finally going to be available in the U.S. soon. It had taken a long time for the FDA to approve the label, possibly because it had an anti-mafia seal, she told me. To say I was intrigued is an understatement. Read my story here, and then do yourself a favor and look up some of Mary’s books. I’m quite enjoying re-reading On Persephone’s Island myself.

About the author

Bob Barnett is a seasoned digital health journalist with expertise in content, tools, product development, marketing and strategy. He is the author of Tonics and co-author of Volumetrics. He has been an editor at The Runner, American Health,, and Parenting; Editor in Chief of MDMinute; Director at and iVillage.