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Vino Italiano Buying Guide: The Ultimate Quick Reference to the Great Wines of Italy
     

Vino Italiano Buying Guide: The Ultimate Quick Reference to the Great Wines of Italy

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by David Lynch
 
From the Barolos of Piedmont to the Brunellos of Tuscany, Italian wines offer an incredible range of tempting choices. But how can you be sure to find the right bottle? In this pocket-sized buying guide—the companion to the award-winning Vino Italiano—Italian wine experts Joseph Bastianich and David Lynch show you the way, with vibrant descriptions

Overview

From the Barolos of Piedmont to the Brunellos of Tuscany, Italian wines offer an incredible range of tempting choices. But how can you be sure to find the right bottle? In this pocket-sized buying guide—the companion to the award-winning Vino Italiano—Italian wine experts Joseph Bastianich and David Lynch show you the way, with vibrant descriptions and authoritative information.

•Profiles of a wide range of Italy’s leading wine producers and their best and most accessible wines

•Facts on availability, pricing, and even dining and accommodations

•At-a-glance symbols for rising stars, great values, and truly exceptional wineries

•An Italian wine-label decoder

•Ratings for recent vintages

•Extensive appendixes with detailed information about wine regions and classifications

•A Barolo and Barbaresco vineyard guide for aficionados

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781400052875
Publisher:
Crown Publishing Group
Publication date:
11/16/2004
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
3.77(w) x 8.49(h) x 0.63(d)

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Meet the Author

Joseph Bastianich is a co-owner, with Mario Batali, of the New York City restaurants Babbo, Esca, Lupa, Otto, and Casa Mono, as well as the wine shop Italian Wine Merchants. A two-time James Beard Award nominee for Outstanding Wine Professional, he is also the proprietor of an award-winning wine estate in Friuli, as well as a new estate in Tuscany called La Mozza. He lives in Greenwich, Connecticut.

David Lynch is the wine director at Babbo restaurant, where he oversees one of the most ambitious wine lists in the country. A longtime contributor to wine and food publications as both a writer and an editor, he is also a two-time James Beard Award winner—for Outstanding Wine Service at Babbo and for his writing on spirits, wine, and beer. He lives in New York City.

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Vino Italiano Buying Guide: The Ultimate Quick Reference to the Great Wines of Italy 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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By Bill Marsano. Call this the perfect stocking-stuffer for wine buffs. The authors previously wrote the award-winning Vino Italiano: The Regional Wines of Italy, which I also recommend. It's confusing for many that the vast world of Italian wines frays into chaos at times--usually just when you think you've mastered it. Bastianich and Lynch manage to impose some order. The core of the book is the alpahabetical listing of wineries, to which a common-sense approach is applied. Italians are in love with long names. There is a town in Tuscany called San Macario in Piano di Ponte San Pietro; wineries, naturally, are often melodiously decorated with prefixes like Azienda Agricola and Azienda Viticoltura. The authors mercifully list such wineries under the principal part of the name. Thus Azienda Agricola Miani is under the M's. (I hope in future editions they will do the same with the innumerable wineries prefixed with Fattoria, Masseria or Castello.) After you've found the winery you're looking for you also find crisp, accurate information on its wines, with a rough price-guide included. There's lots of other useful stuff here: how to read a label, the meaning of DOC and DOCG, vintage charts and so on, but it's the big list of wineries (which doesn't skimp on Sicily, Sardinia and southern Italy, as some others do) that makes this book an excellent companion every time you head to your local wineshop.--Bill Marsano is an James Beard award winning wine-and-spirits writer.