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Barolo to Valpolicella: The Wines of Northern Italy (Classic Wine Library) Paperback – 19 Jul 1999


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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Faber and Faber; New edition edition (19 July 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571178529
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571178520
  • Product Dimensions: 21.4 x 14.9 x 1.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 597,525 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By "jan-tore" on 28 Dec 2000
Format: Paperback
Those who have read the Faber & Faber guides to wine regions such as Burgundy, Alsace and the Rhône valley and expect something similar, may be disappointed, but of course you can't squeeze that much into about 350 pages. What we get instead is a kind of long essay which covers Italy north of Tuscany. Belfrage still manages, almost miraculously, to cover quite a number of producers (including some that are not included in the Slow Food/Gambero Rosso annual guide to Italian wines), and, what's more, he gives you an idea of what's going on. A very useful update almost ten years after Burton Andreson's groundbreaking atlas. If you want to know more, you need to read Italian (and get the regional guides published by Slow Food).
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By Gary White TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 23 Jan 2011
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Comprehensive and detailed. Part of a series. Buy it now before it goes out of print - then the s/h price jumps to about £50!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Excellent guide to the wines of Northern Italy 28 Dec 2000
By "jan-tore" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Those who have read the Faber & Faber guides to wine regions such as Burgundy, Alsace and the Rhône valley and expect something similar, may be disappointed, but of course you can't squeeze that much into about 350 pages. What we get instead is a kind of long essay which covers Italy north of Tuscany. Belfrage still manages, almost miraculously, to cover quite a number of producers (including some that are not included in the Slow Food/Gambero Rosso annual guide to Italian wines), and, what's more, he gives you an idea of what's going on. A very useful update ten years after Burton Andreson's groundbreaking atlas. If you want to know more, you need to read Italian (and get the regional guides published by Slow Food).
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Great Book for Wines of Northern Italy 27 Feb 2001
By "arossibridgewaterwine" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Nicolas Belfrage has used his extensive wine knowledge and more importantly his excellent understanding of Italy to write a book for the serious wine lover. Belfrage takes you completely across northern Italy and describes the wines of each area. While he doesn't give vintage charts for the wines, he does discuss the recognized better producers which allows the reader to find the wines and make his own decisions. More maps and some color pictures would have made the book more visually appealing, but would have increased the cost and made the book less travel friendly. It's definitely a condensed source of information that will prove very useful to the Italian tourist/wine traveler. I've been fortunate enough to have seen many of the wine areas in northern Italy. I wish I would have had this book with me. On my next trip, Belfrage's book will be packed in my carry-on.
26 of 35 people found the following review helpful
Not good enough ! 9 Mar 2000
By Kim Nielsen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is a disappointment ! Having bought other Faber books (publisher) I had expected a well-written walk-through of Northern Italy with extensive descriptions of many producers, many tasting notes and vintage charts.
Verdict ? There are absolutely no vintage charts, the description of the vineries are superficial, the book is badly organised (no headers to indicate where you are in the book, for quick look-ups) and generally no specifications to the producers individual Wines. To me, this is a 'blah-blah' book... Conclusion: NOT recommendable, neither to the amateur nor the 'pro'
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Trust me it deserves five stars! 23 Mar 2008
By Christopher Barrett - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Absolutely invaluable in my quest for uncovering order behind Italian wine classifications (there is none by the way). The only other in depth books that cover Italy so well are the Vino Italiano and Italian wine for dummies...trust me even though it is a dummies book it is well done.

This text covers Northern Italy while the companion, Brunello to Zibbibo covers everything from Tuscany south.
Belfrage book 30 Nov 2009
By Roger High - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Well written, easy read for an encyclopedic review of wineries in Nth Italy. Will take this book with me when visiting the area next year.
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