Susan Hulme MW
wine educator and consultant, judge for Decanter’s International Wine & Spirit Competition and Italian wine expert
Susan Hulme MW

This book is a must have for anyone seriously interested in getting to grips with Northern Italian wine regions, the main DOCs/DOCGs and most importantly the rich wealth of native grape varieties.

The book is very clearly set out, making this complex subject accessible and easy to read. The layout is simple to follow with brief paragraphs covering each region, its history, climate, soils and sub-zones as well as wine styles, key grape varieties and DOC/DOCGs.

I particularly like the beautifully illustrated regional maps with demarcated DOC/DOCGs at the beginning of each section. Plus the addition of lots of well-chosen photographs of vineyards, landscapes and wine labels helps bring to life the huge depth of technical and factual information this book contains. This is one of the most useful and accessible sources of reference material on Italian wines to be published recently which makes this invaluable for both the wine professional and dedicated enthusiast alike.

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