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The Vines of San Lorenzo: The Making of a Great Wine in the New Tradition Hardcover – September, 1993

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Celebration of the triumph of Italian winemaker Angelo Gaja, who has raised the once cheap and obscure Barbaresco wines to award-winning world status. Steinberg, a consultant for the European Community, conducts wine tastings at a leading Roman wine shop. Wine from fruits other than grapes may score well with wine writers, but these wines, Steinberg says, ``should be drunk within a year of harvest and will not live to develop the complexity that is part of greatness.'' Steinberg focuses on the people involved in winemaking as richly as he does on vines and the processes of fermentation and maceration, the making of casks, the selection of custom-made bottles, the search for cork, and so on. He sticks largely to Gaja and to the making of his single-vineyard Sori San Lorenzo of 1989 vintage. Barbaresco wines come from vineyards in northwest Italy and--aside from single-vineyard wines--are a hierarchy of blends from this district as devised by Gaja. Gaja first bottled Sori San Lorenzo in 1967. In 1987, the Barbaresco vintages failed to meet his standards; to keep his prestige, he bottled only half his normal amount of Barbaresco--and in 1984 none at all: ``That decision about the 1984 was very painful,'' Gaja says. Not only winemaking but barrel-making receives Steinberg's keenest eye, as does the battle between steel and oak barrels. Page after page impresses with the complexity of wine and winemaking-- the bottomless thought that goes into microclimates among leaves, into yeasts, acids, and balancing out minute quantities of substances that make each wine distinct. Great human warmth bathes a wine-lover's delight: one of the best yet about wine. -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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  • Hardcover: 260 pages
  • Publisher: Ecco Pr; 1st edition (September 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0880012846
  • ISBN-13: 978-0880012843
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.2 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,189,647 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
I recently published Creating World Class Red Wine, a top down study of how the finest wines in the world are made.
Years ago, I read everything (quality) about wine in the English language. The Vines of San Lorenzo is still one of my favorite wine books. It is a biography of Angelo Gaja, which includes a bit of Italian history, and how the wine industry in that country evolved out of rather poor quality wine in general into the remarkable wines that are made there today. Gaja is a pioneer. In the 1970's, when everyone around him thought he was nuts for endeavoring to change the way they grew grapes and made wine--he persisted anyway.
I love the scene in the book where his father?, uncle? walks by a vineyard block shaking his head because Angelo has planted it in that snotty French grape Cabernet Sauvignon. "Angelo, what can we do about him?" He shakes his head while walking home to his little hut where he lives in poverty. Angelo Gaja is now one of the most celebrated Italian winemakers. Read this book.
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By Mark Stanley on August 28, 2014
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I recently published Creating World Class Red Wine, a top down study of how the finest wines in the world are made.
Years ago, I read everything (quality) about wine in the English language. The Vines of San Lorenzo is still one of my favorite wine books. It is a biography of Angelo Gaja, which includes a bit of Italian history, and how the wine industry in that country evolved out of rather poor quality wine in general into the remarkable wines that are made there today. Gaja is a pioneer. In the 1970's, when everyone around him thought he was nuts for endeavoring to change the way they grew grapes and made wine--he persisted anyway.
I love the scene in the book where his father?, uncle? walks by a vineyard block shaking his head because Angelo has planted it in that snotty French grape Cabernet Sauvignon. "Angelo, what can we do about him?" He shakes his head while walking home to his little hut where he lives in poverty. Angelo Gaja is now one of the most celebrated Italian winemakers. Read this book.
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Format: Hardcover
A great history and explanation of wine and it's many complexities. I'm far from an expert but Steinberg's writing
is great.I recommend sitting by the fire with this book and a glass of Sori San Lorenzo.
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