There are excellent wine-growing areas all over Italy, from the Alpine valleys of the extreme north of the country to the hotter and dryer areas of the deep south. This results in a vast range of different types of wines and makes for a wine scene that is often confusing to outsiders. Precisely for this reason, Michèle Shah's book is particularly useful, for it contains a mine of practical information for anyone planning a tour of wineries in Italy, or even for armchair study at home before appraising bottles in the Italian section of a wine supplier.
After some short and readable introductory chapters on the Italian wine scene, the book goes on to provide specific information on 700 producers and their wines in a concise and concrete manner. It also provides a grading for each of the wines described. Furthermore, there are sections for each Italian wine region describing its typical food, as well as a list of hotels and restaurants for people touring in the area. In sum, the book is a coming together of a wealth of useful information about the Italian wine scene, an admirably detailed work, presented in a compact and handy-sized volume. It is a must for anyone wanting to penetrate the mist of confusion obscuring the Italian wine scene and gain more in-depth knowledge about Italy's wine growing areas, their producers, and their wines.
This book is a mine of information and will help anyone who has a scant knowledge of the vast, varied and often little-known range of fine wines available from Italy. There is also an added bonus with information on the good restuarants featured in the various wine growing regions The language is simple and to the point and the size of the book makes it very portable. This would make a great present for anyone even vaguely interested in wine nad a great eye opener if you ar unfamiliair with Italian wine.
As a regular visitor to Italy I find this guide a very useful reference for both food and wine of each region. "Wines of Italy" is concise and clear and information is easily located. I would not go to italy without it.