Tossing out elitist rating systems in favor of down-to-earth, first-hand information, Slow Wine 2012: A Year in the Life of Italy’s Vineyards and Wines is the first English print edition of the celebrated Slow Food guide to Italian wines. True to Slow Food’s “Good, Clean and Fair food” approach to ecogastronomy, this is the only wine guide to have visited every one of the producers it covers. Vineyards were explored, cellars examined, questions asked, tastings with the makers performed. One could say it makes not only the taste of wine but its very karma come correct. There are no stars or numbers, but three helpful, and critical, symbols organize it all: the Snail, awarded for the producer’s high overall values (including…attitude!), the Bottle, for consistently high quality, and the Coin, for value. Good, clean and fair—when it comes to the wines of Italy, there is now no reason to settle for less.
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