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Italian Wine For Dummies

Italian Wine For Dummies [Kindle Edition]

Mary Ewing-Mulligan

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?A must-have book for anyone who is serious about Italian wines.?
?Lidia Bastianich, host of PBS?s Lidia?s Italian Table

?I have yet to encounter more knowledgeable guides to...Italian wine.?
?Piero Antinori, President, Antinori Wines

?Bravo to Ed and Mary! This book shows their love for Italy, the Italian producers, and the great marriage of local foods with local wines. Here is a great book that presents the information without intimidation.?
?Piero Selvaggio, VALENTINO Restaurant

Right now, Italy is the most exciting wine country on earth. The quality of Italian wines has never been higher and the range of wines has never been broader. Even better, the types of Italian wines available outside of Italy have never been greater. But with all these new Italian wines and wine zones?not to mention all the obscure grape varieties, complicate blends, strange names and restrictive wine laws?Italian wines are also about he most challenging of all to master. The time has come for comprehensive, up-to-date guides to Italian wines.

Authored by certified wine educators and authors Ed McCarthy and Mary Ewing-Mulligan, Italian Wine For Dummies introduces you to the delectable world of fine Italian wine. It shows you how to:

  • Translate wine labels
  • Identify great wine bargains
  • Develop your own wine tastes
  • Match Italian wines with foods

Here?s everything you need to know to enjoy the best Tuscans, Sicilians, Abruzzese and other delicious Italian wines. This lighthearted and informative guide explores:

  • The styles of wine made in Italy and the major grape varieties used to make them
  • How the Italian name their wines, the complicated laws governing how names are given and the meanings of common label terminology
  • Italy?s important wine regions?including a region-by-region survey of the best vineyards and their products
  • A guide to pronouncing Italian wine terms and names and how to order Italian wines in restaurants

For Italians, wine (vino) is food (alimentari) and food is love (amore). And you can never have enough love in your life. So, order a copy of Italian Wine For Dummies, today and get ready to share the love!

From the Back Cover

"A must–have book for anyone who is serious about Italian wines." —Lidia Bastianich, host of PBS's Lidia's Italian Table Free daily eTips at Includes wine picks for every region! "I have yet to encounter more knowledgeable guides to …Italian wine." —Piero Antinori, president of Antinori Wines Italian wine is so much more than Chianti! Discover wonderful wines produced throughout Italy — from Barolo to Montepulciano to up–and–coming Sicilian wines. It's all here in this uniquely accessible, entertaining guide. Other For Dummies books by Ed McCarthy and Mary Ewing–Mulligan: French Wine For Dummies Red Wine For Dummies White Wine For Dummies Wine Buying Companion For Dummies Champagne For Dummies Discover how to: Translate wine labels Target great wine bargains Develop your own wine tastes Match Italian wine with foods Get smart! Sign up for daily eTips at Choose from among 33 different subject categories Get news you can use on everything from money to health to computers

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2685 KB
  • Print Length: 318 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (18 April 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Modern View of Italian Wine 11 Oct 2001
By Bill Marsano - Published on
Italian wine was for many years seldom more than pretty good--and then something wonderful happened: the global economy. All of a sudden winemakers everywhere were competing for customers everywhere, and for most of them that meant they had to improve quality, and fast. Italian winemakers responded and successfully to the challenge. They now produce some of the most esteems top-of-the-line wines in the world as well as an increasing nmber of wines that are real bargains (that is, you get <more> than you pay for). But too many wine writers have failed to keep up with this ar-reaching change, have failed to expand their horizons beyond France.
Not <these> writers. Authors of "dummies" wine books since "Wine for Dummies" in 1995, they have closely followed Italy's quality revolution, and so can point you to a world of pleasure you might otherwise miss.
After saying that much I'm in danger of repeating what I wrote in my review of the authors'"FRENCH Wine for Dummies," published
simultaneously, so you should scamper right over to my review of that book for more details. Then you'll have the complete rundown on both.
One thing I should add: these books aren't really for dummies. I keep them at hand and I know several other pros who do too.
Bill Marsano is a contributing editor of Hemispheres, United Airlines' in-flight magazine, for which he frequently writes on wine and spirits. One of his Hemisphere articles won a James Beard medal in 1999.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly In Depth Despite Being a Dummies Title 24 Nov 2007
By Christopher Barrett - Published on
A wonderful text covering Italian wine in an easy to read format. You may browse through the noted sections and glance over the meat if you want a cursory education on Italian wine. There are very few in depth texts on Italian wine, mainly due to the convoluted DOC system and the overabundance of native grape varieties and grape psuedonyms. The authors give a valiant effort that is worthy of a read.

Pros: great knowledge, easy to follow
Cons: difficult Italian systems, poor maps
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very good beginning on the subject 4 Jun 2004
By Michael Gdalevich - Published on
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This is a most appropriate way to begin the study of Italian wine - the theoretical part, that is. The book is concise yet clear and understandable, despite a substantial amount of new terminology. I use it also as a reference for choosing new Italian wines, when in a wine store. Must say though, that in these circumstances (in a store with people around me) the word DUMMIES, in big friendly letters on the book cover, is a disatvantage.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for Traveling and Tasting Italy 18 Jan 2007
By Michael Arcati - Published on
This book helps you select wisely amoung the countless wineries and labels of the delicious wine you will taste in Italy. The book makes it easy to understand which wine taste great in the separate regions, without having to know any of the stuck-up jargon wine experts blab to sound impressive. More importantly the book does not recommend the expensive wine to be best for your palate. You will find the bottles that taste like $50, but are less than $20.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A no-fuss guide to the basics of Italian wine, clear and concise 23 Nov 2008
By Nada Vergili, Italy Guide & Language Teacher - Published on
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If you are a wine-snob wanna-be, this is the perfect book to start your journey with. Written in an easy to understand language, a non-pretentious approach to a quite challenging topic. Becoming a wine connoisseur can be a very ambitious thing to do, but this book definitely puts things in perspective as far as Italian wines go.
I really enjoy reading it before opening up a bottle of a wine that I'm trying for the first time. Also a nice reference if you plan on starting a fun little wine club with your friends.
If you're interested in knowing more about wine in general, I would also like to recommend the Wine for Dummies which is an extremely good value for the information that is presented.
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