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"A must-have book for anyone who is serious about Italian wines." —Lidia Bastianich, host of PBS's Lidia's Italian Table

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"I have yet to encounter more knowledgeable guides to …Italian wine." —Piero Antinori, president of Antinori Wines Italian wine is so much more than Chianti! Discover wonderful wines produced throughout Italy — from Barolo to Montepulciano to up-and-coming Sicilian wines. It's all here in this uniquely accessible, entertaining guide. Other For Dummies books by Ed McCarthy and Mary Ewing-Mulligan: French Wine For Dummies Red Wine For Dummies White Wine For Dummies Wine Buying Companion For Dummies Champagne For Dummies

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Mary Ewing-Mulligan and Ed McCarthy co-authored the bestselling Wine For Dummies. Mary, the only woman Master of Wine in the U.S., owns International Wine Center, a New York wine school. Ed also wrote Champagne For Dummies.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 318 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (August 29, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764553550
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764553554
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #99,755 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Bill Marsano on October 11, 2001
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Italian wine was for many years seldom more than pretty good--and then something wonderful happened: the global economy. All of a sudden winemakers everywhere were competing for customers everywhere, and for most of them that meant they had to improve quality, and fast. Italian winemakers responded and successfully to the challenge. They now produce some of the most esteems top-of-the-line wines in the world as well as an increasing nmber of wines that are real bargains (that is, you get <more> than you pay for). But too many wine writers have failed to keep up with this ar-reaching change, have failed to expand their horizons beyond France.
Not <these> writers. Authors of "dummies" wine books since "Wine for Dummies" in 1995, they have closely followed Italy's quality revolution, and so can point you to a world of pleasure you might otherwise miss.
After saying that much I'm in danger of repeating what I wrote in my review of the authors'"FRENCH Wine for Dummies," published
simultaneously, so you should scamper right over to my review of that book for more details. Then you'll have the complete rundown on both.
One thing I should add: these books aren't really for dummies. I keep them at hand and I know several other pros who do too.
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Bill Marsano is a contributing editor of Hemispheres, United Airlines' in-flight magazine, for which he frequently writes on wine and spirits. One of his Hemisphere articles won a James Beard medal in 1999.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Barrett TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 24, 2007
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A wonderful text covering Italian wine in an easy to read format. You may browse through the noted sections and glance over the meat if you want a cursory education on Italian wine. There are very few in depth texts on Italian wine, mainly due to the convoluted DOC system and the overabundance of native grape varieties and grape psuedonyms. The authors give a valiant effort that is worthy of a read.

Pros: great knowledge, easy to follow
Cons: difficult Italian systems, poor maps
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Michael Gdalevich on June 4, 2004
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This is a most appropriate way to begin the study of Italian wine - the theoretical part, that is. The book is concise yet clear and understandable, despite a substantial amount of new terminology. I use it also as a reference for choosing new Italian wines, when in a wine store. Must say though, that in these circumstances (in a store with people around me) the word DUMMIES, in big friendly letters on the book cover, is a disatvantage.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Michael Arcati on January 18, 2007
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This book helps you select wisely amoung the countless wineries and labels of the delicious wine you will taste in Italy. The book makes it easy to understand which wine taste great in the separate regions, without having to know any of the stuck-up jargon wine experts blab to sound impressive. More importantly the book does not recommend the expensive wine to be best for your palate. You will find the bottles that taste like $50, but are less than $20.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Nada Vergili, Italy Guide & Language Teacher on November 23, 2008
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If you are a wine-snob wanna-be, this is the perfect book to start your journey with. Written in an easy to understand language, a non-pretentious approach to a quite challenging topic. Becoming a wine connoisseur can be a very ambitious thing to do, but this book definitely puts things in perspective as far as Italian wines go.
I really enjoy reading it before opening up a bottle of a wine that I'm trying for the first time. Also a nice reference if you plan on starting a fun little wine club with your friends.
If you're interested in knowing more about wine in general, I would also like to recommend the Wine for Dummies which is an extremely good value for the information that is presented.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By John C. Case on August 20, 2003
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Although I loved this author team on past "Dummies" wine books, this one was a bit tedious. In the authors' defense, Italian wine is a complex and pervasive topic. The book covered every wine region and wine style in Italy and is not a book to curl up with, but rather one to utilize as a reference guide. It would be an essential piece of travel gear if one were going to Italy.
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By far, Italian wines are the most confusing to learn about. They don't really have a standard for labeling and all of their terms and names are difficult to pronounce. These obstacles aside, "Italian Wine for Dummies" did their best to ween you on the wine knowledge. They break it down as simply as they could. The sections are laid out very nicely and the icons on the side of the literature was very convenient to recognize which info was a necessity for beginner learners and which was technical for advanced learners. There is also easy to follow maps and the appendix in the back of the book for name pronunciation is a true gem.
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Pretty good book, although I am just not to crazy about the format. It has a lot of info, but the problem with this Italian wine book and with most others is that the recommended wineries are either impossible to find or outrageously expensive. The best Italian wine book in my opinion is Victor Hazan's, but it's a little outdate. This book however is a great place to start if you are just getting into Italian wine.
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