The Infinite Ideas blog

We write on a variety of subjects and often post exclusive ideas by our bestselling authors. We publish a diverse list and our blog reflects this so if you don’t find a post that interests you today check back later in the week and you’ll probably find something that takes your fancy. Happy reading.


All things appassimento

21 December 2017 by in Classic Wine Library, Wine and spirits

By Michael Garner, author of Amarone and the fine wines of Verona The history of producing wine via what the Veronesi refer to as the appassimento process (drying the fruit for several months prior to vinification) dates back to Roman times. Until as recently as the Second World War however, that wine was known as …
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Ageworthy and aspirational Veronese wines

15 December 2017 by in Classic Wine Library, Wine and spirits

By Michael Garner, author of Amarone and the fine wines of Verona At the height of their popularity in the 1970s and 1980s, Soave and Valpolicella were viewed as simply cheap and cheerful wines, a reputation founded on widely available ‘generic’ examples bought and sold on price alone and produced by the cooperatives and larger …
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The good news from Soave and Valpolicella

7 December 2017 by in Classic Wine Library, Wine and spirits

By Michael Garner, author of Amarone and the fine wines of Verona As many growers in the viticultural Veronese will tell you, it’s the wines made from freshly picked fruit that will tell you the most about the area’s unique growing conditions. So it’s time to turn aside from the appassimento frenzy for a moment …
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Getting to grips with Veronese wine

30 November 2017 by in Classic Wine Library, Wine and spirits

By Michael Garner, author of Amarone and the fine wines of Verona Over the next few weeks, I’ll be looking at different styles of wine produced under the various Soave and Valpolicella denominations. But first, a little background in terms of geography, growing conditions and grape varieties to set the scene. The two areas overlap …
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Canada – the evolution of a wine industry

3 October 2017 by in Classic Wine Library, Wine and spirits

By Rod Phillips, author of The wines of Canada When I migrated from New Zealand to Canada in the 1960s at the age of 19, both my country of departure and the one I arrived in had embryonic modern wine industries. Much New Zealand wine at that time was fortified, and much of what was …
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Côte d’Or: the world’s greatest wine region

8 September 2017 by in Book publishing, Classic Wine Library, Lifestyle, Wine and spirits

By Raymond Blake, author of Côte d’Or: The wines and winemakers of the heart of burgundy Glancing behind me as I write this, at shelves loaded with wine books, I can count perhaps a dozen Classic Wine Library titles, from the black-spined Faber & Faber editions, through the less soberly jacketed Mitchell Beazley versions to …
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