The Finest Wines of Tuscany and Central Italy

Author: Nicolas Belfrage
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 9780520259423
Release Date: 2009-09-14
Genre: Cooking

The wines of Tuscany were famous long before Leonardo da Vinci described them as “bottled sunshine,” and they are at the forefront of the remarkable renaissance of Italian wine over the past 30 years. In this groundbreaking new book, Nicolas Belfrage shares his insider’s knowledge acquired as a specialist wine trader and writer. Mindful of the region’s fascinating past, Belfrage brings its story up to date, discussing such subjects as geology and geography, grape varieties, and the latest research into Sangiovese, the variety used in the top wines of Chianti Classico, Brunello di Montalcino, and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. He also clarifies the regulatory framework and follows the recent controversial developments in viticulture and winemaking, including the rise of the Super-Tuscans and the ongoing “Brunellogate” scandal that broke in 2008. At the heart of the book are in-depth, illustrated profiles of more than 90 of the most interesting producers, large and small, with insightful notes on the essential character of their finest wines. The author also offers a comprehensive review of vintages and selects his top 100 wines in ten different categories, while wines of special quality or value are indicated throughout.

The Finest Wines of Tuscany and Central Italy

Author: Nicolas Belfrage
Publisher: Aurum Press
ISBN: 1845134877
Release Date: 2009
Genre: Viticulture

Tuscany is one of the most aesthetically beautiful of the world’s wine regions and is the greatest, most original and ancient producer within Italy. This guide aims to present the wines of Tuscany, as well as the other regions of central Italy, in such a way as to give the reader an understanding of what to expect from them and where they stand in the spectrum of the world’s wines. Complete with over 100 colour illustrations, Nicolas Belfrage’s book focuses on the major areas such as Chianti Classico and Montalcino, as well as exploring lesser known but equally delicious wines. It covers the wide range of grape varieties used in Tuscany, as well as looking at the individual growers who have helped establish the area’s growing reputation. This magnificent guide, published in conjunction with Fine Wine magazine, makes a fabulous gift for all wine connoisseurs and is an invaluable guide for people looking to explore the world of Tuscan wines. This book is part of Aurum’s prestigious Finest Wines series whose books on Wines of Champagne, Bordeaux and Rioja have received acclaim at the Louis Roederer Wine Writers Awards, André Simon Awards and the Gourmand Wine Book Awards.

Brunello Di Montalcino

Author: Kerin O'Keefe
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 9780520265646
Release Date: 2012
Genre: Cooking

"Kerin O'Keefe is undoubtedly the English-speaking world's most passionate advocate of the wines of Montalcino. Every page of her book reflects her expertise and long experience, and what's more, she's a good writer. How often have we been presented with detailed knowledge wrapped in turgid language? Not here! This is a page-turner if ever a wine book was one." --Nicolas Belfrage M.W., "The Finest Wines of Tuscany and Central Italy: A Regional and Village Guide to the Best Wines and Their Producers" "Kerin O'Keefe's book is the best thing I have read on Brunello di Montalcino--period. The research is the most thorough, and the coverage of the key aspects of the Montalcino situation--origins and history, legislation, zonal variations, producers--is the most complete and rigorous I have encountered anywhere." --Tom Maresca, contributor to "Decanter, Wine & Spirits" and "Quarterly Review of Wines"

A Vineyard in Tuscany

Author: Ferenc Mate
Publisher: Albatross
ISBN: 0920256856
Release Date: 2015-05-01
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

A New York Times Notable Book. The international bestseller now with color photographs. "Asun-drenched memoir with a fairy-tale ending."—Kirkus Reviews

Tuscany and Its Wines

Author: Hugh Johnson
Publisher: Chronicle Books
ISBN: 0811851230
Release Date: 2005-09-29
Genre: Cooking

World-renowned wine expert Hugh Johnson's elegant tribute to Tuscany is now available in paperbacka richly rewarding volume in prose and image for those who enjoy the region's exquisite marriage of wine and food, beauty and history. Traveling from town to town, from hilltop to farmland, Johnson not only explores the Tuscan geography and wineries, but also shares the culture and sitesfrom a stunning cathedral in Siena to a good place for a relaxing glass of wine in Monte Amiata. Poetic, illuminating descriptions combine with over 100 atmospheric photos to capture the essence of Tuscany and bring the author's passion for the regions distinctive grape varietals to life. Glass of Brunello in one hand, Tuscany and Its Wines in the otherperfect armchair reading!

The World of Sicilian Wine

Author: Bill Nesto
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 9780520266186
Release Date: 2013-03-26
Genre: Cooking

The World of Sicilian Wine provides wine lovers with a comprehensive understanding of Sicilian wine, from its ancient roots to its modern evolution. Offering a guide and map to exploring Sicily, Bill Nesto, an expert in Italian wine, and Frances Di Savino, a student of Italian culture, deliver a substantive appreciation of a vibrant wine region that is one of Europe’s most historic areas and a place where many cultures intersect. From the earliest Greek and Phoenician settlers who colonized the island in the eighth century B.C., the culture of wine has flourished in Sicily. A parade of foreign rulers was similarly drawn to Sicily’s fertile land, sun-filled climate, and strategic position in the Mediterranean. The modern Sicilian quality wine industry was reborn in the 1980s and 1990s with the arrival of wines made with established international varieties and state-of-the-art enology. Sicily is only now rediscovering the quality of its indigenous grape varieties, such as Nero d’Avola, Nerello Mascalese, Frappato, Grillo, and distinctive terroirs such as the slopes of Mount Etna.

Grandi Vini

Author: Joseph Bastianich
Publisher: Clarkson Potter
ISBN: 9780307719768
Release Date: 2010-11-09
Genre: Cooking

Travel through the Italian countryside with Joseph Bastianich in search of the country’s eighty-nine finest wines. Joseph Bastianich is steeped in Italian wines like no one else. Not only is he the co-owner, with Mario Batali, of some of America’s premier Italian restaurants, but he also produces wine on four separate estates—three in Italy—and is responsible for bringing Eataly, the groundbreaking artisanal Italian food and wine marketplace, to New York. His thoughtfully honed list of favorite wines makes for a fascinating journey that brings Italian wines to life. Grandi Vini introduces readers to the greatest wines in Italy by bringing them to the vineyards and introducing the winemakers behind the bottles. More than simply appealing to the palate, the wines on Joe’s list have made an impact on the industry. In Central Italy, he recommends a stunning Sangiovese in Emilia Romagna, produced at San Patrignano, the largest drug rehabilitation center in Europe. The island of Sicily is typically known for bulk commercial wine; but now, in the unique terroir of Mount Etna, wine lovers can discover the perfectly fresh, dry white Pietramarina, produced by the forward-thinking Benati family. And we can’t forget the great Barolos. Bastianich selects a specific list of wines from this legendary production region—some of which come from family outfits, like Barolo Rocche dell’Annunziata Riserva of Paolo Scavino, by the son of the winery’s founder; and others that have emerged only recently, like the Barolo Cannubi Boschis made by Luciano Sandrone, a winemaker who only started producing great wine in the 1990s. Grandi Vini also includes a wine list in the back of the book that shares vinification, production, and website information for every wine. With lovely hand-illustrated maps locating the wineries in their various regions, Grandi Vini is a rich exploration of eighty-nine Italian wines that rank among the world’s best—a wonderful read for any wine enthusiast. From the Hardcover edition.

Chianti and the Wines of Tuscany

Author: Rosemary George
Publisher: Sotheby Parke Bernet Publications
ISBN: 085667379X
Release Date: 1990
Genre: Cooking

Ten years of research by this award winning Master of Wine yields the most comprehensive and delightful reference on this increasingly popular area. The key producers and their production methods for the famous Brunello de Montalcino, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, Carmingnano, Pomino and others are fully detailed. Illustrated in color with scenery and maps. A glossary and how to interpret Tuscan wine labels are helpful.


Author: Marco Fini
Publisher: TeNeues
ISBN: 383276917X
Release Date: 2017-01-15
Genre: Cooking

This book is the ultimate source on Sassicaia, the Italian answer to a Bordeaux First Growth A fascinating story about a wine-growing family, its major players and their passion for horses Illustrated with wonderful recent photos of the Tuscan landscape near Bolgheri as well as historical material and drawings

Italy s Noble Red Wines

Author: Sheldon Wasserman
Publisher: New York : Macmillan Publishing Company ; Toronto : Maxwell Macmillan Canada ; New York : Maxwell Macmillan International
ISBN: 0026242818
Release Date: 1991
Genre: History

Describes each of the Italian wines made from the four red grape varieties, and recounts the history of each wine making region

Chianti Classico

Author: Bill Nesto
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 9780520284425
Release Date: 2016-09-20
Genre: Cooking

This book tells the story of the ancient land named Chianti and the modern wine appellation known as Chianti Classico. In 1716, Tuscany’s penultimate Medici ruler, Cosimo III, anointed the region of Chianti, along with three smaller areas in the Florentine State, as the world’s first legal appellations of origin for wine. In the succeeding centuries, this milestone was all but forgotten. By the late nineteenth century, the name Chianti, rather than signifying this historic region and its celebrated wine, identified a simple Italian red table wine in a straw-covered flask. In the twenty-first century, Chianti Classico emerged as one of Italy’s most dynamic and fashionable wine zones. Chianti Classico relates the fascinating evolution of Chianti as a wine region and reveals its geographic and cultural complexity. Bill Nesto, MW, and Frances Di Savino explore the townships of Chianti Classico and introduce readers to the modern-day winegrowers who are helping to transform the region. The secrets of Sangiovese, the principal vine variety of Chianti, are also revealed as the book unlocks the myths and mysteries of one of Italy’s most storied wine regions. The publication of Chianti Classico coincides with the three hundredth anniversary of the Medici decree delimiting the region of Chianti on September 24, 1716.

The Finest Wines of Champagne

Author: Michael Edwards
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 9780520259409
Release Date: 2009-09-14
Genre: Cooking

Champagne is synonymous with celebration and success—but have its festive associations detracted from its status as a fine wine in its own right? Drawing on his intimate knowledge of a classic but rapidly changing region, Michael Edwards takes a radically different approach in this unrivaled, terroir-based guide to the world’s best sparkling wines. Ninety in-depth profiles of the best small growers as well as the greatest houses are organized geographically—from the finest producers of the great city of Reims, wine towns of Epernay and Aÿ, and the leading villages of the Marne, and to the rising stars of the Aube (Côte des Bar) and beyond. Edwards also discusses the culture of Champagne, reviews trends in viticulture and winemaking, and investigates controversial solutions to the current crisis of success in a region that cannot satisfy global demand for its wines. Additional sections explore the gastronomic traditions of the area, give advice on pairing Champagne with food, survey the vintages of the past 20 years, list the wines with the best price-to-quality ratio, and more, making this extensively illustrated work a true connoisseur’s guide to the most glamorous and perhaps the most enigmatic of French wines.

The Hills of Chianti

Author: Piero Antinori
Publisher: Rizzoli Publications
ISBN: 9780847844678
Release Date: 2014-09-09
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

The head of Italy’s "first family" of winemaking reflects on the Antinoris’ six-hundred-year legacy and a life of good food and drink in the hills of Tuscany. If you know wine, you know the name Antinori. Since 1385, this noble Florentine family has produced some of Italy’s finest wines. The Hills of Chianti tells the story of the Antinoris and the Tuscany they call home, through seven iconic bottles that define their legacy. From the Tignanello that ushered in the era of Super Tuscans to limited-edition vintages, these wines embody a way of life and will excite oenophile readers and lovers of Italy alike. In this family memoir Piero Antinori reveals the passion, tradition, and love of craft that have driven twenty-seven generations of vintners: from the first ancestor who signed up to the winemakers guild in the fourteenth century to Antinori’s own three daughters, poised to carry this most celebrated family of artisans into the future. But The Hills of Chianti is about much more than wine. At its heart the Antinori story is about "Tuscan-ness": a connection to the land, an appreciation for good food and drink, and the quintessentially Italian love of hospitality that make this one of the world’s most inspiring and memorable destinations.

The Finest Wines of Rioja and Northwest Spain

Author: Jésus Barquín
ISBN: 0520269217
Release Date: 2011
Genre: Cooking

Picturesque Rioja, Spain’s most prominent wine region, is a new world within a very old world. Winemaking here dates to Roman and medieval times, and today modern wineries designed by Gehry, Calatrava, and other celebrity architects flourish alongside traditional villages. Lavishly illustrated with photographs of the people and landscape and with detailed maps, this guide ranges over a diverse area from Rioja to Navarra, Bierzo, Galicia, and the Basque country as it explores winemaking from the ancient to the traditional and modern. Written by a trio of experts on Spanish wine, it provides insider information on a region home to Spain’s finest Tempranillo, its prestigious Albariño, and many other indigenous grape varieties such as Garnacha, Mazuelo, and Viura. The authors look in depth at topics including climate and soil, grape varieties, and viticulture, and profile more than 85 individual wineries. They also include information not available elsewhere: several top ten lists plus “secret addresses” for the best restaurants and shops in which to find aged and historic vintages of Rioja.

Brunello to Zibibbo

Author: Nicolas Belfrage
Publisher: Sterling Publishing Company
ISBN: 1840007907
Release Date: 2003-02-13
Genre: Cooking

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, 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, he 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. There’s extensive coverage of the vines and wines of Tuscany, as well as an assessment of 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 is an authoritative primer on the wealth of Italy’s vineyards and a discerning guide to the regions’ best bottles.