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Collio [Paperback]

Carla Capalbo
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Book Description

1 Sep 2009
The Collio hills in Friuli Venezia Giulia, in north-eastern Italy, produce some of the greatest Italian white wines, yet are little known outside Italy. They are also the home of a unique cuisine, on the cusp between the Mediterranean and Central Europe; and close to some of the greatest names in Italian food, such as San Daniele ham and Illy coffee. This book is the first to be dedicated to this area, which Carla Capalbo explores in depth, taking in not only the wines and their individual producers, but also restaurants, wine bars, food producers and places to stay. Her stunning photographs evoke the magical atmosphere of the Collio, and show many of the unusual aspects of the terroir and the techniques of wine and food production, as well as portraits of the great artisans who work here.

o 61 featured wineries, 51 restaurants, trattorie and osterie, 37 agriturismi, hotels and b&bs

o Artisan producers of cheese, honey, prosciutto, grappa and more for the discerning food lover

o Directions, opening times, telephone numbers and other essential details for the visitor

o 256 pages of full colour, with maps and indexes

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Pallas Athene; 1 edition (1 Sep 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843680548
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843680543
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 15.5 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 740,925 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Carla Capalbo is an award-winning food, wine and travel writer and photographer. She has been based in Italy for over 20 years and now divides her time between London and Italy. Her recent book on Collio, the wine region of Italy's north east, won the coveted André Simon Award for Best Wine Book. Her latest project is the ASK Italian Cookbook, which she edited and helped to produce. Proceeds from the book go to Great Ormond Street Children's Charity. Carla's website is carlacapalbo.com.

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Collio is a garden of earthly delights. What people dream about in Tuscany is reality in Collio. World-class wine pairs with some of Italy's best food, all served with warmth and pride. Magnificent nature and smiling towns complete the picture. Carla Capalbo reveals this little paradise knowledgeably and with love. The smart traveller will be rewarded by this book and by the gem that is Collio. --Fred Plotkin, author of La Terra Fortunata: The Splendid Food and Wine of Friuli-Venezia Giulia

This book should be viewed as a necessary companion for anyone contemplating a visit to Venice and points east, indeed anyone seeking to bring a fresh new gastronomic experience into their lives. --Nicolas Belfrage MW, author of Barolo to Valpolicella: The Wines of Northern Italy

About the Author

Carla Capalbo was born in New York, brought up in Paris and London, and has lived in Italy for twenty years. She is an expert on Italian artisan foods and wines, and the restaurants that feature them. Her many books include The Food and Wine Guide to Naples and Campania, The Food Lover's Comapnion to Tuscany and The Ultimate italian Cookbook. She won the Douglas Attems Prize and the Veronelli Prize for wine and food writing in 2007.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I bought this book as a Christmas present for a very special English friend of mine.
I live in the Collio area and I wanted to send to my friend something that could be able to describe this area which is famous for its wines and foods.
This book is simply perfect and it describes the area and wine and food producers very well.
It's a pity this book is not very well known in Italy...
Great work!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Magical and unknown 17 Aug 2010
Well, I haven't yet been to the Collio, the region of Italy described here, but it sounds both magical and hidden, tucked away between the Alps and the Slovenian border. Carla Capalbo describes a tiny hilly region of northern Italy where the wine is carefully and lovingly made, where cheese and salami is made in traditional ways, where trattoria provide great platefuls of hunters' food: grilled meats, polenta, game, cured sausage, casseroles, a curious blend of Italian and Slovenian. Her photographs show a sumptuous autumn countryside of tiny villages, sloping vineyards and winding empty roads. Generations of Collio families are interviewed passionately describing their wines, their cheeses, their traditions, smiling out from the page, inviting you to come and sample. Oh my goodness, I have to go and see for myself...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Love the wines and the book 17 Mar 2011
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This is a great reference book for the avid wine lover as well as the tourist going to the region. Not to technical. Easy to read.
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