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Book "Sommelier: the Illustrated Manual" Ed. 2021

(110 customer reviews)

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All my notes on wine and food in one book. The manual is designed for all aspiring sommeliers, but it is also very useful for "already sommeliers" who want to revise, for winelovers who want to start giving concrete foundations to their passion and for sector operators who want to earn more by learning both managing the cellar of their restaurant and selling the right bottle to their customers.

  • III Edition: September 8, 2021 - 15,24 x 22,86 cm format, 544 black and white pages, ISBN 978-88-943070-6-1 
  • II Edition: 1 December 2019 - format 16,5 x 24 cm, 430 black and white pages, ISBN 978-88-943070-8-5 
  • I Edition: 31 October 2018, format 16,5 x 24 cm, 300 black and white pages - ISBN 978-88-943070-1-6



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This book was born out of my need, when I was aspiring sommelier, to have a memorandum, a well-organized, streamlined and intuitive notebook on which to study. Between home and work I had very little time and I used every free moment to study, from the train to various and eventual waits. In this book you will find all my notes on wine and food that I collected during the AIS courses, the university of Gastronomic Sciences and in the work of nearly 8 years like wine blogger. I sincerely hope it will be useful to you during the sommelier courses and to support theAIS sommelier exam, FIS, Fisar and other associations. And, if you are already a sommelier, to take with you the world of wine in one book about wine.

A wine-themed gift for sommeliers and wine lovers

With the sommelier book you will receive a double-sided bookmark in cardboard with all the colors of wine and beer for free. I carefully pack each book with red tissue paper and a small chili pepper to bring good luck to pamper you, or simply to give it to you ready to give to a special person passionate about wine like you..

Universal professional tasting glass signed

If you choose to buy both the book and the chalice you will receive a resistant box with a layer of shaped expanded polystyrene inside that wraps them with elegance and safety. To taste I have been using only this universal professional tasting glass for over a year now, perfect both for sparkling wines, both for white wines, both for red wines and also for dessert wines! Always using the same glass is extremely useful for me to grasp the nuances of each wine. Among all the ones I tried, I chose this one not only for his contemporary design, but also because it is Made in Italy, indeed, Made in Emilia-Romagna, from a Parma company: VD Glass. Furthermore, after a year of daily use I can confirm that it is very resistant and washes perfectly in the dishwasher. I did make alimited edition of only 300 pieces with my new logo, I sincerely hope you will fall in love with it like I did!


Sommelier: the Illustrated Manual

All my notes on wine and food in one book.

  • Preface: the first reason to read this book, by Rocco Tolfa (journalist, author and TV presenter); the second reason for reading this book, by Marco Antonucci (journalist, architect and teacher).
  • Introduction: the figure of the sommelier, by Hosam Eldin Abou Eleyoun (President of AIS Lombardia); the value of the sommelier in the restaurant, by Marco Sacco (chef patron “Piccolo Lago” ** Michelin); become a sommelier: it's not too late, di Chiara Bassi.
  • Chapter 1: the sommelier - sommelier tools; cellar management; wine service; relationship with the customer; restaurant menu.
  • Chapter 2: the wine - lives; vineyard; grape; must; processing still wines and base wines for the production of sparkling wines; sparkling wines; special wines; composition of the wine; bottling; alterations, defects and diseases.
  • Chapter 3: 52vitigni - synonyms; characteristics of the plant; characteristics of the wine produced; cultivation areas in Italy and in the world; DOCG & DOC where the vine is allowed.
  • Chapter 4: wine in Italy - climate; land; areas, any sub-areas, wines and key grape varieties; DOC, DOCG; 3 typical foods / dishes with territorial combination. [with the maps drawn of the wine-growing areas of each region]
  • Chapter 5: wine in France - climate; land; areas, any sub-areas, wines and key grape varieties; DOC, DOCG; 1 typical food / dish with territorial combination. [with the maps drawn of the wine-growing areas of each area]
  • Chapter 6: wine in the world - climate; land; areas, any sub-areas, wines and key grape varieties; DOC, DOCG; 1 typical food / dish with territorial combination. [with the maps drawn of the wine-growing areas of each state]
  • Chapter 7: the tasting - physiology of taste; how to taste it; which glass to use; what evaluations to make (visual examination, olfactory examination, taste-olfactory examination, evolutionary state, harmony); open bottle duration; judgment and prejudice.
  • Chapter 8: food-wine pairing - hints of the anthropology of taste; food tasting; food examination; wine tasting in relation to food; pairing technique; taste of ingredients; taste of cooking; taste of the seasoning; taste of conservation; types of food and combinations.
  • Chapter 9: beer, spirits and liqueurs - beer (ingredients, production, brewing styles, beer tasting, food-beer pairing); distillates (distillation process, composition of a distillate, service of a distillate, tasting of a distillate, types of distillate); liqueurs (classification by extraction method, cold liqueurs, bitters, herbs and drugs for the production of liqueurs, spirits and vermouth).
  • Chapter 10: history of wine and cuisine - ancient age (ancient Egypt, land of Caanan, ancient Greece, ancient Rome), medieval age (Early Middle Ages, Late Middle Ages), modern age (Renaissance, Baroque), contemporary age (from the French Revolution to the 900th century, the XNUMXth century).
  • Wine etiquette
  • Conclusion

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110 reviews for Book "Sommelier: the Illustrated Manual" Ed. 2021

Based on 110 reviews
  1. Authorless (Verified owner) -

    Great book, well done and well explained! Chiara she was very kind and helpful! Highly recommended!

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  2. Marco Antonio S. (Verified owner) -

    Very satisfied with my purchase. I don't need it to study, but I was curious about this world and I wanted to deepen. In this book you can feel all the passion of Chiara and she guides the neophyte to discover many small details. There you will find everything, all useful information and curiosities. From what you need to have as equipment to wine, food and much more. A volume that must be present in every library of a good lover of food and good drink.

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  3. Loredana Serventi (Verified owner) -

    Excellent purchase, very well written and easy to understand even for those who, like me, are only a lover but not of the profession. Thank you

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  4. Lanfranco Fioramonti (Verified owner) -

    The book is well done, there is a lot of information and it is quite complete. It is certainly an excellent book for those who have to prepare for the sommelier exam. For a winelover like me it was not exactly the best, I would have liked to deepen the part concerning Italian wines by region, inserting and completing the various types of wines present (e.g. I have not found anything about the Cesanese del Lazio or the negroamaro from Puglia or Friulian white wines), in short, I was definitely looking for something else. So for my expectations the vote I would say 2, for the book in general to have a whole series of information on a single book even 5.

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  5. STEFANO VANZU (Verified owner) -

    I had purchased the 1st edition to prepare for the Sommelier AIS exam, I also wanted to take the 3rd edition to have a practical manual whenever I need a quick "review" of some "vinous" topic. Very, very good Chiara!

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  6. Marco (Verified owner) -

    Compliments Chiara. I am preparing the AIS sommelier exam and I bought the book with the hope of finding a useful, valid and quick reference tool. I have little time to study, the program of the three Ais levels is vast. I started reading it and I think I can say that I made a really good investment. Thank you!

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  7. Authorless (Verified owner) -

    Great book. Comprehensive and easy to find content. compliments!

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  8. Claudia B. (Verified owner) -

    A well structured and flowing book with simple but very useful images and drawings.

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  9. Alessandro Dei rossi (Verified owner) -

    I must say complimentissimi Chiara, fantastic book well explained, exhaustive, extraordinary

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  10. Authorless (Verified owner) -

    I bought the sommelier book for a friend and she liked it very much. It arrived very carefully packaged and very well done. I also found the free book very interesting, many interesting and useful explanations and tips that I will surely follow. Now I can make choices knowing what I am buying! Thank you very much for your commitment, for the clarity and completeness of the contents!

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  11. Francesco P. (Verified owner) -

    I am a simple lover of the subject and I was looking for a text to deepen my knowledge. The book is well written and reads smoothly and the topics are explained chiaramind. Highly recommended

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  12. manuela cabianca (Verified owner) -

    Arrived earlier than expected, very nice packaging. The topics are treated in a clear and simple way, excellent for reviewing what has already been studied but also excellent for those who want to approach the world of wine. I advise

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  13. alessandro sheets (Verified owner) -

    The perfect tool for those preparing for the third level sommelier exam

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  15. luigi m. (Verified owner) -

    super complete manual, there is really all the essentials and more about the world of wine, technical and pleasant to read.
    Very, very good!!

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  16. Silvia (Verified owner) -

    I bought it as a gift, so I can't make any substantive considerations on the text, but I think I liked it. I can only say that the order fulfillment was super timely and super efficient, in two days everything arrived and Chiara it was gentle but! Thank you!

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  17. Silvia Andreini (Verified owner) -

    On Sunday 19th December I proceeded to order the book by paying for the fast shipping via courier to be able to receive it immediately, but just as I clicked on the payment I noticed a tiny message at the bottom of the page specifying that the shipments would not be taken in charge before January 10th. !!
    By now I could no longer cancel payment as the site e-shop does not provide for confirmation with the security code via SMS, nor does it give the possibility to cancel the order before it is processed !!!

    I tried to contact the author directly on messenger, but still no answer !!
    A friend of mine had taken the book on Amazon and received it after 1 day .. I preferred to use the author's site to support it directly ... Big mistake.
    I honestly believe that the warning of such a long period of stop on shipments should have been much more visible, also because it is quite unlikely to imagine a lack of service right under the Christmas period and looking for gifts!

    So I paid for the book, with an extra 7 euros to receive it within 2 days…. but who knows when it will arrive, maybe in 25 days …… .. and in any case when it arrives I won't know what to do with it.

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    • Chiara Bassi (shop manager) -

      Dear Silvia,
      instead of contacting me on Messenger that I receive dozens and dozens of messages (and moreover the notifications do not work for me despite various reports to Facebook) could you not simply send an email? You have received an order confirmation, just reply that you ordered by mistake without reading the writing of the suspension of shipments for the Christmas period and the thing is resolved with a refund issued (I have already started it and it will arrive in the next days as from Stripe circuit). Ah, the suspension takes place since I cannot guarantee delivery for Christmas as the couriers in this period are not reliable and I prefer to stop for 2 weeks until the Befana and make a nice discount for those who have the patience to wait. Amazon has its own integrated logistics circuit so it can guarantee shipments around Christmas (although I have a CD player, a book and some tissue paper lying around for several days which must have already arrived, but luckily they are not gifts and if they arrive patience after Christmas). For the record: the security code depends on your bank circuit and not on my e-commerce and an order cannot be canceled before creating it, as how do you cancel something that does not yet exist? Next time before making negative reviews because you have not read the warning, maybe send an email where you kindly explain that the product does not arrive in time to make the gift and ask for a refund. I always do my best to satisfy all my clients. Have a good evening, Chiara

      [EDIT at 00:29. I checked both the public page and the personal profile on Messenger and there are no messages in your name. Not even on Instagram.]

  18. Giulia L. (Verified owner) -

    Really useful book, clear and concise. Perfect for those who want to approach wine in all its beauty. Also suitable for those starting from scratch!

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  19. Stefano Buzzotta (Verified owner) -

    A book not only excellent from the point of view of content but also very fanciful in its editorial care. Perfect for anyone who wants to get closer to the wonderful world of wine but also for those who are not a complete neophyte and have ... a thirst for insights.
    Thank you Chiara for the care in the package and for the love for the material that transpires from every page. A precious book

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  20. Authorless (Verified owner) -

    Book done well. Very schematic and concise, not easy to read, it is a study book. Recommended!
    The book as a gift is also beautiful and interesting, even if the format is a bit awkward, but it's a personal taste!

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  21. Harald Prossliner (Verified owner) -

    Hello Chiara! I find your book very successful. I hope it will be useful to pass the Sommelier AIS exam next year. Keep it up! The world of wine is too sparkling to stand still 😉
    Harald kiss

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  22. Dario Durigon (Verified owner) -

    I have to be honest, at the moment I read something here and there, but I felt passion, commitment and a great desire to transmit culture. I am convinced that this publication will be the wind that will inflate my sails, sailing towards new terroirs. As far as the expedition is concerned, everything was perfect and on schedule. Thank you

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  23. Pietro Z. (Verified owner) -

    Very nice well structured

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  24. Sandra (Verified owner) -

    The manual for the review that was missing.Clear and concise.

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  25. Giuseppe (Verified owner) -

    Book that helps a lot for the final exam

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  26. Deborah Di Popolo (Verified owner) -

    Easy to consult and very practical

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  27. Valentina R. (Verified owner) -

    I love it! I am at the second level sommelier ais and I find that this book is the perfect complement for those who follow the course!
    But I would like to point out that it is more than suitable for newbies in the sector.
    This is an essential book, well written and illustrated, in each chapter the fundamental characteristics of a sommelier are transmitted. Curiosity, passion and humility!

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  28. Ziliotto Andrea (Verified owner) -

    I honestly can't review because it was a gift, but I can confirm that it was appreciated and found interesting. Thanks

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  29. Marco Paccioretti (Verified owner) -

    I haven't received the book

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  30. Marta V. (Verified owner) -

    I have recently started studying on the book and it is really well done, ideally summarized and well set up. Some concepts that were dispersive on the AIS manuals are explained and reported clearly here. It is also very useful - and convenient - to have all the information in a single book. Conversation with Chiara plus she's great, fast and she's super helpful!

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  31. Giuseppe (Verified owner) -

    Well done, schematic but complete book. Well done Chiara!

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  32. Mikaela (Verified owner) -

    Very well written book, it is very helpful for those who are preparing for the sommelier exam.
    Fast shipping, too bad the courier didn't take care of my package.

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  33. Anna Gloria Turoli (Verified owner) -

    True book well done, congratulations !!!

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  34. Clarissa M (Verified owner) -

    A real guide summarized and perfect for studying on AIS lines

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  35. Valerika Darasteanu (Verified owner) -

    As a professional in the sector, I believe that this is a tool to always keep at hand. Contents masterfully ordered in a schematic, simplified but absolutely exhaustive way. In short, a book in my opinion unmissable for those who work in the sector but also for those who, as an amateur, want to deepen their knowledge. Thanks Chiara for this gem!

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  36. Monica (Verified owner) -

    beautiful, I'm enjoying it one glass at a time!

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  37. Mariachiara G. (Verified owner) -

    I was looking for a book with concise and tidy notions that could serve as a trace for my study!

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  38. GIOVANNI BARTOLONE (Verified owner) -

    The book is well done but it would be better to print new editions using larger fonts. Useful for passing the final exams of the AIS sommelier course.

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  39. MIRCO MAGGIONI (Verified owner) -

    Useful compendium of notes for exam preparation

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  40. Lara B. (Verified owner) -

    Well set book with topics explained in a clear, simple and complete way. Excellent manual both to review the notions learned during the sommelier course and for those who approach the fantastic world of wine for the first time. Highly recommended.

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  41. Veronica (Verified owner) -

    Bellooooooo !!! Honestly, it has just arrived but the enthusiasm in seeing it was as much as a child at the sight of the candies ...

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  42. Chiara (Verified owner) -

    Really well done nothing to do with other books on the genre that I bought and they remained closed! Essential!

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  43. Pierpaolo F. (Verified owner) -

    I will have to sign up soon your book is top of great help there is everything to study I'm afraid to memorize as much as possible. But I don't give up! Thanks for what you do!

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  44. Stefano Bertoldi (Verified owner) -

    I am an aspiring sommelier, I will soon take the third level exam, I found the book very useful, precise, no frills and very detailed. The only drawback .... it lacks a bit of color. Good job Chiara.

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  45. fabrizio prato (Verified owner) -

    I like the way it is structured, essential but complete

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  46. barbara sciandra (Verified owner) -

    Brava !! Good job! Clear,
    accurate and useful.

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  47. Mariano (Verified owner) -

    Excellent Book to repeat the key concepts of the sommelier exam, to be used as a complete guide to support the official books, both before and after the exam (to review). Also interesting for those who want to get closer to this fascinating and emotional world. Highly recommended.

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  48. Manuel Mattalia (Verified owner) -

    It hasn't arrived since November 5th

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    • Chiara Bassi (shop manager) -

      Good evening Manuel,
      your package left my home on November 6th at 17:30 pm as per tracking that you regularly received by e-mail. Being Friday evening, the shipment left the next working day. Now, despite having selected economy shipping in 8 working days, I paid for a superior service with guaranteed delivery within 3 days (but the 8 day deadline is November 18th as there were 2 weekends in between). As you can verify yourself from the tracking, there is a problem at the Vercelli Operations Center that is not delivering the package for which I certainly am not responsible. We are in full Covid, both in the red zone and it takes a little patience, however you can call with your SDA code in the morning to agree on a delivery method you like. Good evening.

      *** Update *** I mistakenly blamed the red areas and I apologize for it: a more detailed analysis by the shipper revealed that the problem was caused by the customer entering the wrong post code. I would like to say that under normal conditions (of kindness and education) I would have taken care of the customer's mistake with a new sending, coming to lose it personally, but given the speed with which it has sent me a negative review courteous, my commitment (already higher than what is due) will be to recover the package and return it at my expense. The customer can now bring the patience he didn't bring before. Best regards.

  49. Elisabetta Cighetti (Verified owner) -

    I started reading it and it seems well done, synthetic and precise, what I was looking for, thanks

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  50. Daniele T. (Verified owner) -

    I bought the book on 07/03/20 !! I receive an e-mail with the tracking saying that it would arrive on 18/03/20. Today is 03/04 and I am still waiting .. the cod. Tracking is not valid nor with Italian Post, SDA, Bartolini, UPS and TNT..I sent 7 emails, no reply .. my review, it can only be more than negative unfortunately.

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    • Chiara Bassi (shop manager) -

      Dear Daniele, because of Covid-19 some couriers have closed their offices in the most affected areas, including mine (Brescia). Although I have prepared the package and the waybill on time, SDA has not passed for 3 weeks. Fortunately UPS started serving my area and I was able to ship on April 9th. UPS delivered you on April 14th at 16:20 pm. I am sorry for the delay, but in this emergency period the couriers have had many difficulties at least here in Lombardy. See you soon and I hope you like the books!

  51. Diego Trimarco (Verified owner) -

    Nothing has come to me yet

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    • Chiara Bassi (shop manager) -

      Dear Diego,
      due to Covid-19, couriers have closed offices in the most affected areas, including mine (Brescia). Although I prepared the waybill on March 16th, TNT only picked up on April 3rd and the package was delivered to you on April 6th. I'm sorry for the mistake even if it wasn't up to me. I hope you like books and see you soon!

  52. Roberta (Verified owner) -

    Some topics are treated too concisely

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  53. Authorless (Verified owner) -

    Very useful book for those who start an experience with the world of wine. I read the first edition and I find this second one more complete both in terms of notions and images. Congratulations!

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  54. Francesca Russo (Verified owner) -

    Excellent book

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  55. Astrid Turchetto (Verified owner) -

    interesting book if only to review

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  56. Sergio Galli (Verified owner) -

    The book reflects the description that has been given. An excellent compendium to have a synthetic view of the world of wine.

    A note, which you indicated in the preface. Page 218, glossary 5.1.2 indicates that Premier Cru is at the top of the category. And the Grand Cru is superior quality. As far as I know it should be the other way around. Grand Crus are at the top of the category

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  57. Sara (Verified owner) -

    I had already purchased the first edition, I must say that the second is really complete, tidy, immediate and smooth! Chiara he really treasured our feedback, especially the less pleasant ones, and created a real masterpiece! I am a passionate, aspiring sommelier, I am using your book as an "integration", especially when I have little time to review the textbooks they have given me and it is truly a valuable tool! Express shipping close to the weekend with the Christmas holidays, it arrived at the desired times even if I was very anxious! Recommended for all people who are passionate about this world, just like they did Chiara!

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  58. davide good morning (Verified owner) -

    Hello I'll give you the tu .. if I can .. cmq the first part of the book for me was a blow to the heart too I lost my father on May 25th 2018 and that's why I had to postpone the Sommelier exam. Now I hope to complete the process with the help of your book and take this blessed exam 😅thank you.

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  59. Sergio (Verified owner) -

    Excellent and synthetic

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  60. Laura (Verified owner) -

    Very useful book. Treat all topics in a concise and exhaustive way. BUY IT !!!!!

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  61. nedda c. (Verified owner) -

    Precise, exhaustive and very useful

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  62. Vittorio Di Gioia (Verified owner) -

    I find it really useful, clear and concise on the various concepts. Very nice but al as sui generis in the first part where we talk about the figure of the sommelier, the rest I would say to the impeccable how much.

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  63. Amedeo C. (Verified owner) -

    Everything is really very exhaustive !! In 300 only pages you have everything you need

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  64. Javier Simon (Verified owner) -

    Thank you

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  65. Monica (Verified owner) -

    The font and the cataloging are not easily readable however I consider it a good book and I hope it will be my ally to pass the exam 😉

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  66. Alessandra (Verified owner) -

    concise and exhaustive, very useful for a review…. even at the hairdresser 😉

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  67. Authorless (Verified owner) -

    very valid

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  68. Maria Sonia volcano (Verified owner) -

    It is very discursive and immediately goes to the main themes.