Brunello to Zibibbo: The Wines of Tuscany, Central and Southern Italy

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Nicolas Belfrage concludes his two-volume tour of Italian wine with a look at the outstanding varieties from Tuscany to the south.

In Barolo to Valpolicella, Nicolas Belfrage demystified northern Italian viticulture, discussing dozens of wines ranging from the highest-quality vintages to affordable selections that can be enjoyed every day. Now, with Brunello to Zibibbo, the second of his two-volume survey of Italian wine, Belfrage considers ...
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Overview

Nicolas Belfrage concludes his two-volume tour of Italian wine with a look at the outstanding varieties from Tuscany to the south.

In Barolo to Valpolicella, Nicolas Belfrage demystified northern Italian viticulture, discussing dozens of wines ranging from the highest-quality vintages to affordable selections that can be enjoyed every day. Now, with Brunello to Zibibbo, the second of his two-volume survey of Italian wine, Belfrage considers the wines from Tuscany to the south, again concentrating on the regions' indigenous vines and the unique grapes that make Italy's wines so exceptional.

The book offers extensive coverage of the vines and wines of Tuscany but also assesses the emerging wines of the south, on which, to date, little has been written. From the Sangiovese, or Brunello, of Tuscany, to the Zibibbo, or Alexandrian Muscat, of the island of Pantelleria off the Tunisian coast south of Sicily, this book is an authoritative primer on the wealth of Italy's vineyards and a discerning guide to the regions' best bottles.
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David Gleave
[Belfrage's] knowledge of Italy and her wines . . . is unrivalled . . . [He is] the ideal person to write a much needed book on Italian wines.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780571195169
  • Publisher: Faber and Faber
  • Publication date: 1/9/2002
  • Pages: 464
  • Product dimensions: 5.35 (w) x 8.49 (h) x 1.22 (d)

Meet the Author

Nicolas Belfrage is also the author of Life Beyond Lambrusco, which won the André Simon Award for the best book on drink. He divides his working life between Florence, Italy, and London, England.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements xiii
List of profiled producers xiv
List of maps xx
About this book xxi
The Italian wine label xxvi
Introduction 1
1 Vine and Wine 4
Viticulture: getting it right from the ground up 4
Oenology: typicity versus internationalism 15
2 Central Italy West 24
Production areas 30
Grapes, wines and producers--red 38
Sangiovese 38
The wines in Tuscany: Chianti Classico 41
Other Chianti sub-zones 94
Montalcino 111
Montepulciano 136
Carmignano 146
Montecarlo and Colline Lucchesi 151
Maremma 152
Other Sangioveses of Tuscany 159
The wines in Umbria 160
The wines in Latium 163
The wines in Romagna 163
The wines in le Marche 168
Montepulciano 169
Sagrantino 169
Other red grape varieties 174
Canaiolo Nero 175
Cesanese 176
Ciliegiolo 177
Colorino 177
Malvasia Nera 179
Mammolo 179
Aleatico 179
Moscato rosa 180
Grapes, wines and producers--white 180
Trebbiano 180
The wines in Tuscany 185
The wines in Umbria 186
The wines in Latium 190
The wines in le Marche and Abruzzo 191
Vin Santo 193
The wines of Trebbiano Romagnolo 195
Malvasia Bianca 196
The wines in Latium: Frascati et al 198
Vernaccia di San Gimignano 202
Other white grape varieties 205
Vermentino 205
Moscadello 206
Ansonica 207
Grechetto 208
Drupeggio 209
Verdello 209
Bellone 210
3 Central Italy East 211
Production areas 214
Grapes, wines and producers--red 216
Montepulciano 216
The wines in Abruzzo 219
The wines in le Marche and other regions 224
Other red grapes 228
Sangiovese 228
Barbarossa 228
Cagnina 229
Lacrima di Moro d'Alba 229
Vernaccia di Serrapetrona 230
Aglianico 231
Grapes, wines and producers--white 231
Verdicchio 231
Albana 237
Other white grapes 238
Pagadebit/Bombino Bianco 238
Biancame, Bianchello, Passerina 239
Maceratino 239
Pecorino 239
Falaghina, Greco 240
4 The South and Islands 241
Campania and Basilicata 247
Grapes, wines and producers--red 252
Aglianico 252
The wines in Campania 254
The wines in Basilicata 258
Other red grapes 264
Sangiovese 264
Barbera 264
Sciascinoso (a.k.a. Olivella) 264
Guarnaccia 265
Primitivo 265
Grapes, wines and producers--white 265
Fiano 265
Greco di Tufo 269
Falanghina 270
Coda di Volpe 272
Biancolella and Forastera 272
Asprinio 273
Puglia 274
Grapes, wines and producers--red 279
Negromaro 279
Primitivo 291
Uva di Troia 296
Montepulciano 298
Malvasia Nera (M.N.) 299
Aglianico 299
Sangiovese 300
Bombino Nero 301
Grapes, wines and producers--white 302
Verdeca 302
Bianco d'Alessano 303
Pampanuto 303
Bombino Bianco 303
Greco di Tufo 304
Impigno and Francavilla 304
Trebbiano Toscano and Malvasia Toscana 304
Moscato Bianco 305
Calabria 305
Grapes, wines and producers--red 308
Gaglioppo 308
Other red varieties 310
Grapes, wines and producers--white 314
Greco di Ciro and Greco di Bianco 314
Other white varieties 315
Sardinia 317
Grapes, wines and producers--red 322
Cannonau 322
Carignano 326
Monica 329
Bovale 330
Cagnulari 331
Pascale di Cagliari 331
Nieddera, Nieddumannu 331
Giro 332
Nebbiolo 332
Sangiovese 333
Grapes, wines and producers--white 333
Vermentino 333
Nuragus 336
Vernaccia di Oristano 337
Malvasia di Sardegna 340
Moscato Bianco 341
Nasco 341
Torbato 342
Semidano 345
Trebbiano 345
Sicily 345
Grapes, wines and producers--red 350
Nero d'Avola 350
Nerello Mascalese and Nerello Cappucio 358
Frappato di Vittoria 363
Perricone or Pignatello 365
Other red varieties 365
Grapes, wines and producers--white 366
Cataratto 366
Inzolia/Ansonica 368
Grillo 371
Marsala 371
Grecanico Dorato 378
Carricante 378
Damaschino 379
Trebbiano Toscano 379
Malvasia 379
Moscato Bianco 380
Zibibbo 381
5 International Varieties in Central and Southern Italy 389
Bordeaux grapes--red 391
The wines in Tuscany 392
Bolgheri 392
Suvereto--Val di Cornia 398
The wines in Central Italy excluding Tuscany 409
The South and Islands 410
Burgundy grapes--red 412
Rhone grapes--red 414
Burgundy grapes--white 416
Bordeaux grapes--white 420
Rhone and the rest--white 421
6 Blends 424
Red blends 425
Tuscany 425
Central Italy excluding Tuscany 428
Southern Italy 428
White blends 430
Tuscany and the centre 430
The South and the islands 433
Sweet white blends 434
7 Italian Wine Law 436
IGT (Indicazione Geografica Tipica) 437
DOC (Denominazione di Origine Controllata) 440
DOCG (Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita) 441
Appendix A Suggested revision of IGT system, by region, in alphabetical order 445
Appendix B Suggested revision of DOCs 449
Appendix C A critique of the DOCGs, in alphabetical order 456
Glossary 460
Key to Italian pronunciation 468
Bibliography 470
Index 472
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