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If there is a book that the wine lover needs to buy the new edition of each year, it is Gambero Rosso s Italian Wines. --NEW YORK JOURNAL OF BOOKS

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 5751 KB
  • Print Length: 928 pages
  • Publisher: Gambero Rosso; Pck Pap/Bk edition (30 Jan. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B8BKE24
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #746,610 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Kindle Edition
I have been waiting many years for this kindle version of the book. I travel to Italy fairly regularly and carrying the paperback version of the book is very awkward both in terms of weight on the plane and cumbersome in the street . The book itself I don't need to review anybody who loves Italian wine probably owns more than one copy. However the most important thing about a kindle reference book is the search engine as I have found to my cost, dictionary that doesn't search doesn't work. This however is superb, the region, and both of the winery listings work very well. There are two comments I would make 1 for some reason although the engins work on both my kindle and my smart phone they don't work on the Kindle apt of my laptop. 2 it would be nice to have index of wine names. It is for this reason I can only give this 4.5stars , but I will be buying next year's copy.
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I've been purchasing this title on a two-yearly basis, for many years. In my opinion, the information provided is honest, clear, concise and accurate. And (yes: I am Dutch) affordable. For those who expect photographs (Gabriella): there are better books for that purpose and you may consider looking at a preview before you purchase.
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Good guide on Italy
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I am sure that the information that the book contains is very accurate and certainly extremely comprehensive, so in that respect, it fulfills its role. If you were hoping the information to be accompanied by scenes of rolling Tuscan hillsides or sun-soaked Puglian olive groves - or even a few coloured illustrations of wine labels - you will be wildly disappointed; illustrations are non-existant and the symbols denoting the status of each wine need to be studied carefully before you can come to any useful conclusion. Having said all that, I suppose I was looking for pretty pictures as well as information!

Richard Walmsley
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9aea5aa4) out of 5 stars 9 reviews
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9aeae63c) out of 5 stars A disappointment 13 Feb. 2013
By On line shopper - Published on Amazon.com
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This English translation (like the 2012 Edition) is smaller and less unwieldy than earlier versions. The price one pays for this more manageable book is, however, far too high: all written descriptions of the wines have been excised. Accordingly, the most valuable feature of the book is missing. Formerly, the Guide contained a paragraph about each winery, and then a paragraph with highlights about some of the top wines tasted. Now only the first paragraph, far less important to wine buyers, is included. I wonder why they even bothered.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9aeae888) out of 5 stars What happened to Gambero Rosso? 3 Mar. 2013
By Jake Kirchmaier - Published on Amazon.com
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I have every volume of Gambero Rosso going back to the mid-90's, and have always viewed it as an affordable, integral part of my information gathering on each Italian vintage and region. Simply put, it has been my Italian wine bible.

It appears no actual effort was put into this year's guide. No individual wine reviews or even basic information on the wines, such as grape varietal or aging and use of oak, was included like past volumes. After 20 years of using the guide, I really don't need a basic paragraph on each winery. I have no clue as to what has happened, but I for one cannot imagine how any Italian wine lover can gain anything from this volume.

It appears GR has jumped the shark...I for one will miss it.
16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9aeae84c) out of 5 stars Forget the 2012 and 2013 editions 15 Feb. 2013
By Larz - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Anyone thinking about using the 2012 or 2013 GR guide to decide what Italian wine to buy should reconsider. There is nothing within these past two editions that tell's one anything about the wine itself, other than a 1 to 3 glass rating for some of the wines that basically indicates whether, in their opinion, the wine is good, swill or pure bilge water. It has become, after the 2011 edition, nothing but a cataloque of what wines are made in Italy. You are better off reading something like erobertparker.com, or soon, on Antonio galloni's his own website at [...] Whether you share/agree with his palate or not, his reviews at least offer descriptions of what you can expect from the bottle.
This GR guide used to be useful; I have used the previous 9 year's editions as reference points to start sampling. It's a pity and annoying because readers were (apparently) never advised to not expect the traditional information they were used to in each previous year's editions.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9aeaee28) out of 5 stars What an utter disappointment (again)! 9 Mar. 2013
By C.H. - Published on Amazon.com
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I wish I had read the other reviews before I bought this book. I was hoping that after the useless 2012 edition, the 2013 would be back to its previous top-notch form, that 2012 was just a blip year... sadly, I was wrong. Having relied on the GR for making informed wine choices since 2005 I wasn't ready to give up on them after one bad year.

But now, 2nd year running the book has left out all pertinent information about the wines again, and just included information about the wineries (and the bicchieri [glass] rating system). And, while that information is interesting, it isn't compelling enough of a reason to buy this book because I, for one want to know about the WINES, not just the wineries and a non-descriptive rating. This will be the last time I purchase this guide unless they return to their former format.

Disappointing indeed!!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9aeaebdc) out of 5 stars too general 24 Mar. 2013
By Jon S. - Published on Amazon.com
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Starting with the 2012 edition the reviews of theproducers became very general. They would not tell the reader about specific characteristics of each of the wines. While this is still a helpful reference, it has clearly gone downhill from what it used to be.
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