Friday, January 18, 2008

Vino Italiano: Wine Book Club Tickler #1

Allowing for the inevitable procrastination but bearing in mind that we're tackling 500 pages in just a handful of weeks, I thought I'd give y'all a nudge. Many of you who've expressed an interest in the Wine Book Club may have also participated in this week's installment of Wine Blogging Wednesday, which focused on the white wines of Friuli. So I feel inclined to suggest that, by now, we should all have at the very least read through both the "Basics" section and the first regional chapter (conveniently, on Friuli-Venezia Giulia) of Vino Italiano: The Regional Wines of Italy. Any thoughts on the text thus far?

7 comments:

Ken & Theresa Hoggins said...

I like the book so far. (I have read about 100 pages). I am enjoying learning about the different wine regions - especially the history of the regions. I have a hard time remembering all the Italian names and figuring out how to pronounce them. I think the book is well written and very comprehensive. I am learning a lot and I am eager to try some more Italian wines from different regions. I would also love to go to Italy and visit these wine regions in person. Since the book is pretty detailed I can sometimes almost picture what they are describing.
- Theresa

Dr. Debs said...

I agree with Theresa. I love the regional approach, but I still find myself thinking, wait, what's a DOCG? Thank goodness for the index. I do think that it's going to not only be a good read (those detailed descriptions Theresa mentions) but a great reference tool, too, since it really puts a region into perspective with its wine, food, culture, etc.

Edward said...

David,

Almost finished. . .
Very enjoyable, though I have mainly focused on the chapters where I have had the wines from.

ErinByrne said...

I'm really enjoying the book so far, but it is a lot to get through. I travel a lot for work, and the book is just too big to lug around. (Yes, I admit it, I'm lazy!) I'm really enjoying the chapters about each region, and find the storytelling to be very well done. I wish I could remember more, definitely think this book will be a valuable reference book for some time to come.

David McDuff said...

Thanks, everyone, for the progress reports. I too think it makes for a good read and will be a good resource for topical references.

Sean said...

Well,

After a few weeks' wait, my copy finally arrived in the UK from Amazon .com.

I have to agree with everyone else in that I am enjoying it's comprehensiveness; and I've have managed to get beyond Friuli already, thanks in no small part to the London over- and underground train network's propensity for delays and cancellations.

Looking forward to the book club meeting next month.

David McDuff said...

Glad to hear you're enjoying it so far, Sean. I'd be further along myself if it weren't so difficult to read while driving.

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