From the Barolos of Piedmont to the Brunellos of Tuscany, Italian wines offer an incredible range of tempting choices. But how can you be sure to find the right bottle? In this pocket-sized buying guide—the companion to the award-winning Vino Italiano—Italian wine experts Joseph Bastianich and David Lynch show you the way, with vibrant descriptions and authoritative information.
·Profiles of a wide range of Italy’s leading wine producers and their best and most accessible wines
·Facts on availability, pricing, and even dining and accommodations
·At-a-glance symbols for rising stars, great values, and truly exceptional wineries
·An Italian wine-label decoder
·Ratings for recent vintages
·Extensive appendixes with detailed information about wine regions and classifications
·A Barolo and Barbaresco vineyard guide for aficionados
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Joseph Bastianich is a co-owner, with Mario Batali, of the New York City restaurants Babbo, Esca, Lupa, Otto, and Casa Mono, as well as the wine shop Italian Wine Merchants. A two-time James Beard Award nominee for Outstanding Wine Professional, he is also the proprietor of an award-winning wine estate in Friuli, as well as a new estate in Tuscany called La Mozza. He lives in Greenwich, Connecticut.
David Lynch is the wine director at Babbo restaurant, where he oversees one of the most ambitious wine lists in the country. A longtime contributor to wine and food publications as both a writer and an editor, he is also a two-time James Beard Award winner—for Outstanding Wine Service at Babbo and for his writing on spirits, wine, and beer. He lives in New York City.
Oenophiles and gourmands alike will recognize Bastianich as the other half of Mario Batali’s empire, which has put up such temples to food and drink as Babbo, Esca and Lupa in Manhattan. Bastianich also collaborated with Babbo wine director Lynch on Vino Italiano, and the two return with this companion, dedicated solely to listing vintners, vintages, prices and availability. They separate "elite" wineries from "premier," "rising star" and "value" wineries. They note how much wine each winery makes and whether or not it has a restaurant or accommodations available should anyone want to go the source. Entries range from Abruzzo and Molise to Toscana and Veneto and everywhere in between—Lazio, Puglia, Sardegna. The descriptions of each winery are short and punchy (of Castello di Verrazzano: "Their benchmark Chianti still has a rustic, wild edge")—and there are literally hundreds of them. Seventy-plus pages of appendices do everything from "decode crus" to offer a full listing of all Appelations, or sets of official classifications for what grapes make up what wine and at what percentage. Sound complicated? Bastianich and Lynch infuse this guide with enough care to make readers want to puzzle it all out.
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