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Brunello to Zibibbo: The Wines of Tuscany, Central and Southern Italy (Anglais) Broché – Illustré, 19 novembre 2001

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All You Never Knew There Was To Know About The South 4 octobre 2005
Par David B. Erickson - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Be warned: This is not for the casual reader; Belfrage goes into levels of detail heretofore unknown regarding Tuscany, Puglia, Sicily, and the rest of the South. He seems to have visited every producer in Italy, and to have traced (where possible) the origins of every grape he comes across--and he comes across quite a few that you won't find in the Oxford Encyclopedia of Wine or in Jancis Robinson's "Vines, Grapes & WInes." I have a special place in my heart for the unfortunate Nuragus, the most widely planted grape in Sardinia, of which Belfrage says "Nuragus probably has little or nothing to do with Trebbiano Toscano, as the ampelographer Cettolini would have us believe, but it does share an inability to rise above a certain fairly basic level of mediocrity winewise..." If you have to look up "ampelographer," you are probably going to find this book heavy going.

On the other hand, it's not like you need to know to enjoy the book. Belfrage is a good writer, a terrific reporter, and has the added benefit of being honest. He's got some commercial connections in Italy, and he's very straightforward about stating them.

His overall take on the slowness of southern Italy to rally to the cause of quality over quantity is astutely observed: He has no love for Italian Bureaucracy, EU bureaucracy, or the Mafia. All three, he says, conspire to prevent progress.

Anyway, if, like me, you find it is actually important to know that the wide variability in quality in Chianti is as much due to clonal selection as anything else, you'll greatly enjoy Mr. Belfrage's company.
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Readable and informative 18 mars 2012
Par error - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Although it might be a little bit dated now, this is still a very informative look of italian wines from central to southern Italy. It's also written in a no-nonsense but entartainment style.
these books offer an excellent and thorough overview of Italian wine regions 14 janvier 2015
Par JC - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Together with "Barolo to Valpolicella" by same author, these books offer an excellent and thorough overview of Italian wine regions, their particularities with several in-depth lists if top suppliers in each sub-regions. Absolutely recommended to learn about Italy and its wines.
Five Stars 20 décembre 2014
Par Han Ai - Publié sur Amazon.com
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