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 Maté
Publisher: Albatross
ISBN: CORNELL:31924107136842
Release Date: 2007
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

In this intimate and uproarious story, two daring New Yorkers convert an ancient abandoned farm into a world-renowned winery. By the author of the international bestseller The Hills of Tuscany.

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!

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.

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.

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 California

Author: Stephen Brook
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 9780520266582
Release Date: 2011-03-07
Genre: Cooking

Unconstrained by tradition or viticultural regulation, California winemakers enjoy a freedom that has resulted in a remarkable range of world-class wines. Beautifully illustrated with original photographs and detailed color maps, this guide introduces California wine by exploring the best that the state has to offer —from lush Sonoma Chardonnay to spicy Santa Barbara Syrah to heady Amador Zinfandel. At the heart of the book, award-winning wine writer Stephen Brook offers 90 intimate profiles of top producers—from Napa and Sonoma to the North and Central coasts, the Sierra foothills, and beyond. Brook also includes general information on California wine history, wine culture, grape varieties, and more. Throughout, he searches for the characteristics that make California wine distinctive despite its tremendous diversity—and finds the answer in the state’s unusual climate, especially the shifting interplay between fog and sun, as well as a lively and constant questioning of received ideas about viticulture, vine age, terroir, and winemaking techniques, all of which have helped winemakers to create complexity,individuality, and nuance in their wines.

Chianti Classico

Author: Bill Nesto
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 9780520965539
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.

Barolo to Valpolicella

Author: Nicolas Belfrage
Publisher: Sterling Publishing Company
ISBN: 1840009012
Release Date: 2004
Genre: Cooking

Along with its companion volume, the highly successful Brunello to Zibibbo, this is a benchmark title on Italian wines. Nicolas Belfrage,a regular contributor toDecanter magazine, explores the mysteries of Northern Italian viniculture, focusing on dozens of wines ranging from the normale to the highest-quality single-vineyard masterpieces. Using many local and international grape varieties as signposts, he guides the reader through such magical areas as Valpolicella, South Tyrol, and Trentino as well as the hills of Bologna and the Po Valley plain, where Lambrusco wines really did once hang from trees. Enhancing his text with an extensive listing of producers, a helpful glossary of Italian terms, and even a guide to pronouncing Italian words, Belfrage has written one of the most complete and accessible guides to today's Italian wines yet to be published.

The Food and Wine Lover s Companion to Tuscany

Author: Carla Capalbo
Publisher: Chronicle Books
ISBN: 0811833801
Release Date: 2002-04-01
Genre: Travel

A revised edition of the gourmand's guide to travel in Tuscany incorporates more than forty new entries and focuses exclusively on the region's foods and local wines, listing little-known shops, markets, festivals, and wineries. Original.

The Finest Wines of Bordeaux

Author: James Lawther
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 9780520266575
Release Date: 2010-09-07
Genre: Cooking

Identifies ninety producers from the region with the finest wines in the area, providing information on the region, wine making, and portraits of the people who shape the area.

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.