on 26 October 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.
on 11 October 2010
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.
on 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.