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Tuscany: How to Find Great Wines Off the Beaten Track (Mitchell Beazley Discovering Wine Country) [Paperback]

Monty Waldin , Tory McTernan , Patrick Matthews
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16 Mar 2006 Mitchell Beazley Discovering Wine Country
The essential guide to travelling in Tuscany and buying the top wines, with producer recommendations, advice on getting around the area, and useful tips on visiting wineries. Monty Waldin, an award-winning author, lived in Tuscany for six months while researching this book, which gave him unique insight into writing this invaluable guide to exploring and getting the most out of the wines of this region. In the first section of the book, Waldin explores the multitude of wines and wine styles produced in Tuscany and gives advice on how to get around, find the best hotels, and try the local cuisine. The second section features tours of the wine areas - from historic appellations such as Chianti Classico to emerging, smaller-scale regions such as Bolgheri. Each tour suggests the best routes to follow and the easiest way to travel around them. Throughout the book there are expert tips on winery etiquette and the best wines to look out for - at all price points - and advice on how to get your wines home quickly and safely.

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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Mitchell Beazley (16 Mar 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845331710
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845331719
  • Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 23 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 909,042 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Monty Waldin has worked around the world for a range of wine producers in Bordeaux, Chile, California, and Germany. He is the author of Mitchell Beazley's Classic Wine Library Biodynamic Wines which recently won the Gourmand Award, Wines of South America which won the James Beard Foundation Award. He has also written the Organic Wine Guide (Thorsons) and has been nominated for the Prix du Champagne Lanson and Glenfiddich drinks writing awards for his contributions to publications such as Harpers, Wine International, and Decanter. Monty lives in Stamford, England.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tuscany revealed 26 Oct 2006
Waldin has done it again! A terrific read.

This is a writer that really knows his subject. But his knowledge is conveyed in such a way that he doesn't make the whole subject of wine intimidating. Nor does he patronize his readership.

Monty Waldin is one of the few wine writers out there that both literally and metaphorically is willing to get his hands dirty; he goes to these vineyards, he works on the vines and the soil and he is not beholden to any paymaster.

WARNING: It'll make you want to go to Tuscany.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Misleading Title 11 Oct 2010
By SEH
This book does not do what it suggests it does ie. help you to find good wines off the beaten track in Tuscany. It is an interesting read if you want general, background information about wines in Tuscany and the areas they come from but you will struggle to use this as a means to choose vineyards that you would like to visit and it certainly won't help you to actually find them. I bought this book for a recent trip to Tuscany but, due to the rather vague nature of the information it contains, it barely got used. We stocked up on good wines but not thanks to this book - the local tourist offices have better information about local vineyards than can be gleaned from this book. If you want a guide that will allow you to select vineyards to visit, with detailed information on the wines they produce and sufficient address/location information to allow you to actually go to the vineyard, buy a different book.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Great concept, but disappointing execution 19 July 2011
Loved the idea of this book. The information about the wines and wine-making processes are good. However, when it comes to actually touring around using this book, it is a failure. Not all the vineyards mentioned in the text are accompanied by addresses, websites, or phone numbers. The maps are awful and won't really help you find some of the wineries.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tuscany revealed 26 Oct 2006
By D. Shiach - Published on Amazon.com
Waldin has done it again! A terrific read.

This is a writer that really knows his subject. But his knowledge is conveyed in such a way that he doesn't make the whole subject of wine intimidating. Nor does he patronize his readership.

Monty Waldin is one of the few wine writers out there that both literally and metaphorically is willing to get his hands dirty; he goes to these vineyards, he works on the vines and the soil and he is not beholden to any paymaster.

WARNING: It'll make you want to go to Tuscany.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Still Looking!! 12 Aug 2009
By rumble - Published on Amazon.com
I recently tried to use Monty Waldin's book Tuscany to plan a wine tasting trip. Unfortunately after days and hours of emails and calls I was unable to create an itinerary with the wineries listed in the book. Many of wineries I contacted said they did not accommodate visits/tastings, still more didn't answer the phone or had their email bounce - the mailboxes were full, and there were a few people who asked how I had found the phone number/email listed in the book - they were not at all receptive and seemed shocked that I had their information.

I did reach wineries whose staff were in the fields or on vacation and were unable to accommodate a visit for that reason. That is to be expected, but to encounter wineries listed in the book that were not open to visits and/or offended they were contacted is unacceptable in this kind of book. If a winery is to be included in the book the author should be sure that the winery is open to visitors and to being contacted.

If you do try to plan an adventure with this book I suggest the Chianti region which is where I had the most success.

Mr. Waldin does do an excellent job describing the directions, roads and towns. He would be a great adventure writer if only you could plan a reliable adventure based on the information he provides!
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