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Vino Italiano: The Regional Wines of Italy Hardcover – April 9, 2002
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At one time, Italian wines conjured images of cheap Chianti in straw-wrapped bottles. More recently, expensive ?Super Tuscans? have been the rage. But between these extremes lay a bounty of delicious, moderately priced wines that belong in every wine drinker?s repertoire.
Vino Italiano is the only comprehensive and authoritative American guide to the wines of Italy. It surveys the country?s wine-producing regions; identifies key wine styles, producers, and vintages; and offers delicious regional recipes. Extensive reference materials?on Italy?s 300 growing zones, 361 authorized grape varieties, and 200 of the top producers? provide essential information for restaurateurs and wine merchants, as well as for wine enthusiasts.
Beautifully illustrated as well as informative, Vino Italiano is the perfect invitation to the Italian wine experience.
About the Author
JOSEPH BASTIANICH is co-owner (with Mario Batali) of Babbo, Esca, Lupa, and Italian Wine Merchants, as well as (with Lidia Bastianich) Becco and Felidia, and has published extensively on the subject of Italian wine. He lives in Greenwich, Connecticut.
DAVID LYNCH is the wine director at Babbo and has been a senior editor at Wine & Spirits. He lives in New York City.
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It does help, a bit, for the reader to have been to Italy, and hopefully to have spent some extended time there, to have some sense of the geography and where a multitude of places are. But it's not absolutely essential. You can just work through the chapters, while giving all your wine sellers a solid up-tick in business from you as you seek out and try various wines. The recipes by Lidia Bastianich, the author's mother, and Mario Batali, the author's business partner, are mostly filler. But how could one not have asked Mom and Mario to kick in with them both right at hand? The summaries at the end of each chapter, that reduce the prior pages to concise tables of wine and grape types, primary wineries and so forth, are a wonderful addition and enhance the real world usability of the book. RECOMMENDED.
A detail to keep in mind is that the book is quite extensive, mostly filled with stories that makes it a bit larger. While a long book is not a bad thing, it is if you are looking to get only the info about wine. You can skip parts and address the info in each chapter.
Overall, a magnificent book that properly explains Italian wine and its background!