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Grandi Vini: An Opinionated Tour of Italy's 89 Finest Wines Hardcover – November 9, 2010
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--Robert M. Parker, Jr.
"It is difficult to be objective when talking about one’s offspring, but unequivocally Joseph Bastianich, my son, has one of the premium wine palates in the industry. His infinite passion for wine is evident in every word he writes about it, in every sip he takes, and in every bottle he makes. Grandi Vini, eighty-nine wine stops through Italy with Joe, is definitely a trip worth taking."
"Joe has created a greatest hits list of many of my favorite wines but also added delicious illumination with wines I was not familiar with--and that are now on my must-drink list. Reading Grandi Vini is like being a member of a secret wine geek club with access to the previously private whole magilla on the modern Italian wine world."
"A compelling read that brings Italy’s most important wines to life, Grandi Vini is a must-have book for anyone serious about Italian wine."
--Antonio Galloni, The Wine Advocate
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His admiration for the white wines of Alto Adige is justified - by my taste - and he includes five of them among the 89 finest, particularly the celestial "Isarco Kerner Praepositus of Abbazia di Novicella". He even discovers one of the few tolerable wines produced in Lazio near Roma -- well, honestly, it's nearer to Umbria -- the robust white wine made from "grechetto" grapes by vintner Sergio Mottura, and he spends three three full pages detailing the oenological artistry that goes into "Grechetto Latour a Civitella".
The problem with such a book -- and it's a serious problem -- is the difficulty of finding most of the "89" in a bottega near you.Read more ›
Back in April, I spent 2.5 weeks touring northern Italy and tasted some amazing wines. Then I re-read some of the chapters again. I realized that the material was so much more relevant & easier to absorb.
I recommend this book highly.
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I have only browsed through the pages but it promises to well worth my attentionPublished 14 months ago by Martin Amance
A very personal trip through some of Italy's finest and most interesting wines. Includes nice portraits of the vinyards' histories.
Purchased this book for my niece's boyfriend for Christmas. He's Italian and into restauranteuring - at a fine Italian restaurant in SE Portland. Read morePublished on January 8, 2014 by Carol Brejcha