Italian Wine For Dummies

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John Wiley & Sons, Apr 18, 2011 - Cooking - 318 pages
"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!


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Pomino San Gimignano and other Chianti neighbors
Monumental Montalcino
Brunello di Montalcino
Other wines of Montalcino
The Noble Wine of Montepulciano
Other Montepulciano DOC wines

Italian Wine Styles Today
The Italian prototype
Red white and beyond
Chapter 2
Italys Curious Varieties
Immigrants and migrants
The Major Grapes
Overachieving whites
Chapter 3
The Name Game
NonDOCG wines
Putting faith in the DOC
Common Wine Label Words
Part II
Chapter 4
The Majesty of Piedmont
The wines of Piedmont
The grapes of Piedmont
Wines of the Alba Area
Barbera Dolcetto and Nebbiolo of Alba
Roero and Roero Arneis
Other DOC wines of Alba
Visiting the AlbaAsti area
The Wines of Southeastern Piedmont
Barbera dAsti
Other varietal wines
Other wines of Piedmonts southeast
Northern Piedmont
Carema and Caluso
Vercelli and Novara hills wines
Other Piedmont Wines
Chapter 5
Alpine Valle dAosta
Red wines from cool climes
Regional and varietal wines
The Riviera
Ligurias vineyards and wines
Ligurian wine producers
Chapter 6
Lombardy Has It All
Nebbiolos most austere face
Sparkling wines and more
Sparklers with style
Lake Gardas vineyards
Other Lombardy DOC wines
One Region Really Two
Emilias beloved Lambrusco
The hillside wines of Emilia
The wines of Romagna
Chapter 7
One Region Two Cultures
The wines of Alto Adige
The wines of Trentino
Verona to Venice
Veronas major wines
Wines of the Central Hills
Wines of eastern Veneto
The Great White Way
The wines of Friuli
Other Friuli DOC wines
Part III
Chapter 8
The Big Picture of Tuscany
The Land of Chianti
Chianti Classico
SuperTuscan WinesThe Winds of Change
Tuscanys Hot Coast
Val di Cornia
Grossetos new frontier
Other Tuscan Wines
Chapter 9
The Inland Region
Sagrantino di Montefalco
Umbrias other DOC wines
Recommended Umbrian wineries
Marches on the Adriatic
Rosso C˛nero and Rosso Piceno
Marches other DOC wines
Marche wines to buy
Mountainous Abruzzo
Abruzzos vineyards and wines
Abruzzo wines worth buying
Forgotten Molise
Molises two DOC wines
The lone Molise wine producer
Frascati and company from Romes hills
Northern Latium wines
Latiums South Coast
Southeast Latium
Part IV
Chapter 10
Revival Begins
The wines of Avellino
Wines of the coastal hills and islands around Naples
Southern Campania
Campanias northern hills
Campania wines worth buying
The Salento Peninsula
The Trulli district
Central Puglia
The northern plains
Recommended Puglia producers
Aglianico del Vulture
Other Calabrian wines
Calabrian wines to buy
Chapter 11
Sicilia Leaves the Past
Sicilys vineyards and wines
A Sicilian wine shopping list
Sardinias vineyards and wines
Sardinian wines to seek
Part V
Chapter 12
Why Are Italian Wines So Much Better with Food?
Why Does the Italian Government Tell Producers How to Make Their Wines?
Whats the Difference Between DOC and NonDOC Wines?
Isnt Southern Italy Too Hot for Making Wine?
What Are Barriques and Why Are They Controversial?
Why Are Italian Wines Less Prestigious Than French Wines?
Chapter 13
Italian Wines Should Be Enjoyed with Italian Food
Italys Best Wines Are All Red
Marsala Is Cooking Wine
NonDOC Wines Are Better Than DOC Wines
Soave and Valpolicella Are LowQuality Wines
Part VI
Appendix A
Appendix B

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About the author (2011)

Mary Ewing-Mulligan and Ed McCarthy co-authored the bestselling Wine For Dummies. Mary, the only woman Master of Wine in the U.S., owns International Wine Center, a New York wine school. Ed also wrote Champagne For Dummies.

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