Book "Sommelier: the Illustrated Manual" Special Edition 2024

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All my notes on wine and food in one book. The handbook is designed for all aspiring sommeliers, but is also very useful for 'already sommeliers' who want to brush up, for winelovers who want to start putting their passion on a firm footing, and for professionals who want to earn more money by learning both how to manage their restaurant cellar and how to sell the right bottle to their customers.

  • Special Edition: 8 May 2024 - format 15 x 21 cm, 608 black and white pages printed on Crush Uva paper, ISBN 978-88-943070-2-3

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This book was born out of my need, when I was aspiring sommelierto have a memorandum, a well-organised, streamlined and intuitive notebook to study in. Between home and work, I had very little time and used every spare moment to study, from the train to various waits. In this book you will find all my notes on wine and food that I collected during the AIS coursesthe University of Gastronomic Sciences and in the work of almost 8 years as wine blogger. I sincerely hope you find it useful during sommelier courses and to support theAIS sommelier examinationFIS, Fisar and other associations. And, if you are already a sommelier, to take with you the world of wine in a single book on wine.

Special Edition

Special Edition printed on premium Made in Italy ecological paper obtained from by-products of agro-industrial processing that replace part of the cellulose from trees with a creative and technological process that uses only green energy. In particular, waste from wine processing has been used both for the cover and bookmark printed on 350g Favini Crush Uva FSC™ and for the inside pages printed on 90g Favini Crush Uva FSC™.

A wine-themed gift for sommeliers and wine lovers

With the sommelier book you will receive a free double-sided bookmark in grape cardboard with all the colours of wine and beer. I carefully pack each book, punched with a small four-leaf clover for good luck, with recycled kraft paper, stamp the book and write your name on it to pamper you, or simply to give it to you ready to give as a gift to a special wine lover like you (if it is a gift please specify in the notes so that I can write the name of the recipient).

Sommelier: The Illustrated Manual

All my notes on wine and food in one book.

  • PrefaceThe first reason to read this book, by Rocco Tolfa (journalist, author and TV presenter); the second reason to read this book, by Marco Antonucci (journalist, architect and lecturer).
  • Introduction: the figure of the sommelier, by Hosam Eldin Abou Eleyoun (President AIS Lombardia); the value of the sommelier in the restaurant, by Marco Sacco (chef patron 'Piccolo Lago' **Michelin); becoming a sommelier: it is not too late, by Chiara Bassi.
  • Chapter 1: the sommelier - sommelier tools; cellar management; wine service; customer relations; restaurant menus.
  • Chapter 2: wine - vine; vineyard; grapes; must; making still wines and base wines for sparkling wine production; sparkling wines; special wines; wine composition; bottling; alterations, defects and diseases.
  • Chapter 3: 52 grape varieties - synonyms; characteristics of the plant; characteristics of the wine produced; areas of cultivation in Italy and worldwide; DOCG & DOC where the grape variety is permitted.
  • Chapter 4: wine in Italy - climate; soils; zones, sub-zones (if any), wines and key grape varieties; DOC, DOCG; 3 typical foods/dishes with territorial pairing. [with drawn maps of wine-growing areas in each region].
  • Chapter 5: wine in France - climate; soils; areas, any sub-areas, wines and key grape varieties; DOC, DOCG; 1 typical food/dish with territorial pairing. [with drawn maps of the wine zones in each area].
  • Chapter 6: wine in the world - climate; soils; zones, any sub-zones, wines and key grape varieties; DOC, DOCG; 1 typical food/dish with territorial pairing. [with drawn maps of each state's wine-growing areas].
  • Chapter 7: the tasting - physiology of taste; how to taste; what glass to use; what evaluations to make (visual examination, olfactory examination, taste-olfactory examination, evolutionary state, harmony); duration of open bottle; judgement and prejudice.
  • Chapter 8: food and wine pairing - hints of the anthropology of taste; tasting food; examining food; tasting wine in relation to food; pairing technique; taste of ingredients; taste of cooking; taste of seasoning; taste of preservation; types of food and pairings.
  • Chapter 9: beer, spirits and liqueurs - beer (ingredients, production, brewing styles, beer tasting, food-beer pairing); distillates (distillation process, composition of a distillate, serving a distillate, tasting a distillate, types of distillate); liqueurs (classification by extraction method, cold liqueurs, bitters, herbs and drugs for making liqueurs, distillates and vermouths)
  • 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 20th century).
  • Wine etiquette
  • Conclusion

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Maria G.

I am devouring it! Great guide and easy to read and understand.

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Antonella Lucci

Yes thank you very much,I am very satisfied,I hope it helps me for the final exam!

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Claudia Mormino

A book made with care and passion. I paid for it, but on its arrival I had the feeling of receiving a gift. Thank you Chiara, for giving me the opportunity to read your notes

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Lucia

Chiara was great at communication and also wrote a great book! Thank you very much

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Paul

Congratulations! A beautiful book that contains not only a lot of useful and valuable knowledge and information but also a lot of love and passion for the work that the author Chiara does. Start reading straight away and like all good books it takes you on a pleasant journey of discovery into the world of wine. Highly recommended!

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Massimo F.

Beautiful , aesthetically , in content and really interesting . A valuable aid for those who want to embark on the Sommelier route and a great read for those who want to learn something more in depth. TOP

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Clear and satisfying book! Congratulations

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I waited a while to read at least half of the book...very well done, simply written and with attention to detail, really a good buy, thank you very much!

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Satisfied👍Well done Chiara!

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LAURA G.

Excellent, precious book, easy read despite the many pages, conveys in detail all the love you put into it. The dedication is a gem. Honoured. I immediately made a new purchase for my brother's birthday... I saw late that I could order it through a link together with the book "500 bubbles in 500" it was a miss of mine but an excellent idea of PAIRING 🤗

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I've only just opened it and I'm only at the beginning but I 'like it' (even if you don't say...) a lot! 🙂

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Annalisa Motolese

After the trepidatious wait for the parcel, there was a growing urge to read or rather taste word by word. ..synchronicity reigns supreme when we are on our path. .. in fact a few minutes ago I sniffed, touched and started reading the preface. From this alone one can see Chiara's versatility, the truthfulness of every single sentence. If appetite comes with eating, I would say that the prerequisites for a good tasting of words, wine and experience are assured. Thank you for the opportunity and I wish everyone a good read. Please do not hesitate.

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Mirko Casciotta

Really well done, an excellent text for exam preparation, but also for those who are passionate and want to have the tools to understand what they drink

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Nicola Ax

Satisfied with the choice and getting this book. Both for me and for my sister. I have just completed the second level of the sommelier course with AIS. And with the right good will, which is not lacking, and this book, I hope to reach the goal and become a Sommelier. Many thanks to Chiara Bassi for sharing her notes. Thank you

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Nicola Ax

Satisfied with the choice and getting this book. Both for me and for my sister. I have just completed the second level of the sommelier course with AIS. And with the right good will, which is not lacking, and this book, I hope to reach the goal and become a Sommelier. Many thanks to Chiara Bassi for sharing her notes. Thank you

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Claudia

Thanks to Chiara for collecting all the information for the AIS course in one book. Also useful for those who just want to learn more.

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Grazia Valentina Manelli

Very pleased with the purchase of this book that I gave myself for Christmas! Well-organised and with great attention to detail. As an aspiring sommelier, I must say that it was just what I was looking for to have all the necessary notions 'at my fingertips'! Chiara's dedication was then a caress, between the lines she manages to convey the passion she feels. Congratulations again. Highly recommended .

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The book 500 bubbles arrived completely ruined... it was a printing defect... Before reviewing negatively I sent an email explaining what had happened... I was told MORE THAN ONCE that a replacement book would arrive... after more than a month nothing has arrived yet.... not a very serious seller. ~~~~~~~~ Update as of 14/11/2022. No replacement book has arrived yet despite what the seller said... ~~~~~~~~ Update 17/11/2022 After some 'misunderstanding' book arrived in good condition.... 4 stars for the misunderstanding, book well done!

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The book 500 bubbles arrived completely ruined... it was a printing defect... Before reviewing negatively I sent an email explaining what had happened... I was told MORE THAN ONCE that a replacement book would arrive... after more than a month nothing has arrived yet.... not a very serious seller. ~~~~~~~~ Update as of 14/11/2022. No replacement book has arrived yet despite what the seller said... ~~~~~~~~ Update 17/11/2022 After some 'misunderstanding' book arrived in good condition.... 4 stars for the misunderstanding, book well done!

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Beautiful volume, lovely packaging, fast service and shipping. Congratulations to Chiara! Highly recommended

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Beautiful volume, lovely packaging, fast service and shipping. Congratulations to Chiara! Highly recommended

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Fantastic text and super surprise on opening the parcel which denotes a lot of care, the same as in the book. Thank you Chiara and Good Work

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Hi chiara, I have also been an AIS sommelier for 3 years now and I also do my best to provide service during the courses! I bought your first edition as an aid to studying for my diploma and it was a great help to me, so I decided to also buy this latest illustrated edition and use it as a supplement to the first one and as a stimulus to go over the notions already learned during the various AIS levels!congratulations on your attention to detail 'see dedication written in your own hand' 🔝🔝🔝🔝compliments on the use of ecological paper and I could go on but I'll stop by saying thank you and keep it up 💪💪💪emanuele d'ambrosio

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Something wonderful, I have been a sommelier for some time now. I bought the book because reviewing never hurts, you have to say that it is optimal and comprehensive in everything. Thank you very much, congratulations again!

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Gaia

The book is pleasant to read, concise yet comprehensive, and touches on all the topics covered in the AIS sommelier course, but is within the reach of anyone approaching the world of wine with curiosity. Very fast shipping and nice packaging!

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Emilio Antichi

A manual but also a book that I immediately appreciated for its usefulness and the great work of publication in its 592 pages, of the many books on wine I consider this one to be one of the most INDISPENSABLE, 'must have' books in one's library.

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Arrived on time beautiful packaging and the book looks very nice and very nice is the very original paper

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Beautiful book and also very useful for those who are already sommeliers

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I had already bought the previous book but this one is even more complete. The idea of a personalised dedication is also beautiful, making it a truly perfect gift.

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I had already bought the previous book but this one is even more complete. The idea of a personalised dedication is also beautiful, making it a truly perfect gift.

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Technical, clear and comprehensive book. The work done and the attention to detail make this book a little gem for those who want to become part of this wonderful world. For me, it will be a starting point and guide for writing my thesis on oenology. Thank you Chiara for the love and passion you put into every page. Absolutely recommended.

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Viviana C.

Technical, clear and comprehensive book. The work done and the attention to detail make this book a little gem for those who want to become part of this wonderful world. For me, it will be a starting point and guide for writing my thesis on oenology. Thank you Chiara for the love and passion you put into every page. Absolutely recommended.

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Technical, clear and comprehensive book. The work done and the attention to detail make this book a little gem for those who want to become part of this wonderful world. For me, it will be a starting point and guide for writing my thesis on oenology. Thank you Chiara for the love and passion you put into every page. Absolutely recommended.

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Well done book, schematic but complete. Congratulations Chiara!

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Thanks for the help your book is very useful!

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I am very satisfied with my purchase!!!😊👍🏼Brava Chiara! You have encapsulated in 300 pg.. The essentials !!!!😊 This will help me prepare for the exam 🤪🙈😘

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    Excellent guide for beginners and also for those who want to brush up on the three sommelier levels. I highly recommend

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    Really interesting and super detailed book, indispensable for me as a review for the sommelier course. Thank you very much 🤩

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    I am devouring it! Great guide and easy to read and understand.

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  5. Good morning girls, unfortunately I find myself writing to you here because there seem to be problems via email. The post has updated me informing me of the return of the book to the sender Valentina Mantovani on 4.05. I would like news for the resending to the address marked by email order Laura Bianchi ps171. If this is not possible then I will request the amount paid back. Because unfortunately for a revocation of a bank transfer they are asking me to lodge a complaint with the Carabinieri and I would like to avoid this. Thank you.

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    • Good morning Laura, Valentina never received your return, so consequently we have to wait for the printer to deliver the new edition to us so that we can send it to you. If you have a document proving this return, please forward it to Valentina at valentina@perlagesuite.com thank you! I remind you that the book was lost because you wrote your address wrong and therefore it is certainly not our fault, but if you want to file a complaint against our company, you are free to do so. We cannot proceed with a full refund for a mistake you made since we have already paid for your shipment and the cost of producing the book. What we can do is to proceed with a new shipment of the book in the new edition, obviously the shipment is paid for by you and we will send you a link to proceed with the payment. Finally, I would like to inform you that the books are being delivered today, but we will process the other orders first, so we will not proceed with the new shipment until Wednesday. Please write to Valentina to make arrangements, thank you.

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