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

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

by Nicolas Belfrage

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

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781840007909
Publisher: Octopus Books
Publication date: 06/28/2003
Series: Mitchell Beazley Classic Wine Library
Pages: 528
Product dimensions: 5.37(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.62(d)

About 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.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsxiii
List of profiled producersxiv
List of mapsxx
About this bookxxi
The Italian wine labelxxvi
Introduction1
1Vine and Wine4
Viticulture: getting it right from the ground up4
Oenology: typicity versus internationalism15
2Central Italy West24
Production areas30
Grapes, wines and producers--red38
Sangiovese38
The wines in Tuscany: Chianti Classico41
Other Chianti sub-zones94
Montalcino111
Montepulciano136
Carmignano146
Montecarlo and Colline Lucchesi151
Maremma152
Other Sangioveses of Tuscany159
The wines in Umbria160
The wines in Latium163
The wines in Romagna163
The wines in le Marche168
Montepulciano169
Sagrantino169
Other red grape varieties174
Canaiolo Nero175
Cesanese176
Ciliegiolo177
Colorino177
Malvasia Nera179
Mammolo179
Aleatico179
Moscato rosa180
Grapes, wines and producers--white180
Trebbiano180
The wines in Tuscany185
The wines in Umbria186
The wines in Latium190
The wines in le Marche and Abruzzo191
Vin Santo193
The wines of Trebbiano Romagnolo195
Malvasia Bianca196
The wines in Latium: Frascati et al198
Vernaccia di San Gimignano202
Other white grape varieties205
Vermentino205
Moscadello206
Ansonica207
Grechetto208
Drupeggio209
Verdello209
Bellone210
3Central Italy East211
Production areas214
Grapes, wines and producers--red216
Montepulciano216
The wines in Abruzzo219
The wines in le Marche and other regions224
Other red grapes228
Sangiovese228
Barbarossa228
Cagnina229
Lacrima di Moro d'Alba229
Vernaccia di Serrapetrona230
Aglianico231
Grapes, wines and producers--white231
Verdicchio231
Albana237
Other white grapes238
Pagadebit/Bombino Bianco238
Biancame, Bianchello, Passerina239
Maceratino239
Pecorino239
Falaghina, Greco240
4The South and Islands241
Campania and Basilicata247
Grapes, wines and producers--red252
Aglianico252
The wines in Campania254
The wines in Basilicata258
Other red grapes264
Sangiovese264
Barbera264
Sciascinoso (a.k.a. Olivella)264
Guarnaccia265
Primitivo265
Grapes, wines and producers--white265
Fiano265
Greco di Tufo269
Falanghina270
Coda di Volpe272
Biancolella and Forastera272
Asprinio273
Puglia274
Grapes, wines and producers--red279
Negromaro279
Primitivo291
Uva di Troia296
Montepulciano298
Malvasia Nera (M.N.)299
Aglianico299
Sangiovese300
Bombino Nero301
Grapes, wines and producers--white302
Verdeca302
Bianco d'Alessano303
Pampanuto303
Bombino Bianco303
Greco di Tufo304
Impigno and Francavilla304
Trebbiano Toscano and Malvasia Toscana304
Moscato Bianco305
Calabria305
Grapes, wines and producers--red308
Gaglioppo308
Other red varieties310
Grapes, wines and producers--white314
Greco di Ciro and Greco di Bianco314
Other white varieties315
Sardinia317
Grapes, wines and producers--red322
Cannonau322
Carignano326
Monica329
Bovale330
Cagnulari331
Pascale di Cagliari331
Nieddera, Nieddumannu331
Giro332
Nebbiolo332
Sangiovese333
Grapes, wines and producers--white333
Vermentino333
Nuragus336
Vernaccia di Oristano337
Malvasia di Sardegna340
Moscato Bianco341
Nasco341
Torbato342
Semidano345
Trebbiano345
Sicily345
Grapes, wines and producers--red350
Nero d'Avola350
Nerello Mascalese and Nerello Cappucio358
Frappato di Vittoria363
Perricone or Pignatello365
Other red varieties365
Grapes, wines and producers--white366
Cataratto366
Inzolia/Ansonica368
Grillo371
Marsala371
Grecanico Dorato378
Carricante378
Damaschino379
Trebbiano Toscano379
Malvasia379
Moscato Bianco380
Zibibbo381
5International Varieties in Central and Southern Italy389
Bordeaux grapes--red391
The wines in Tuscany392
Bolgheri392
Suvereto--Val di Cornia398
The wines in Central Italy excluding Tuscany409
The South and Islands410
Burgundy grapes--red412
Rhone grapes--red414
Burgundy grapes--white416
Bordeaux grapes--white420
Rhone and the rest--white421
6Blends424
Red blends425
Tuscany425
Central Italy excluding Tuscany428
Southern Italy428
White blends430
Tuscany and the centre430
The South and the islands433
Sweet white blends434
7Italian Wine Law436
IGT (Indicazione Geografica Tipica)437
DOC (Denominazione di Origine Controllata)440
DOCG (Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita)441
Appendix ASuggested revision of IGT system, by region, in alphabetical order445
Appendix BSuggested revision of DOCs449
Appendix CA critique of the DOCGs, in alphabetical order456
Glossary460
Key to Italian pronunciation468
Bibliography470
Index472

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