Books by Michael J. Belardo

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About Friends of Wine

This stunning book of photography is dedicated to the winemakers of the world. Friends of Wine: In Vino Veritas represents Michael J. Belardo’s personal collection of photographs taken through the years of people in and associated with the international wine business.

The pages denote the author’s 28-year journey into wine, which came about almost by accident. He says, “Starting out in radio and music, I met many legendary rock photographers (Jim Marshall, Bob Seidemann) who inspired me to start taking pictures. I never thought I could do the same for wine. It became my mission to photograph these passionate and charismatic people who made wine. They live well, eat well, and drink well. Their commitment and dedication extends beyond business. It’s a crossover between art and life.”

In Vino Veritas is the Latin phrase meaning “in wine [there is the] truth.” The truth is, if you love wine, you will love this lavish testimony to the beauty of the grape.

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About Italy, Thru My Lens 

MicBelardo_CoverWebhael Belardo paints a beautiful picture of scenic Italy in his new book Italy, Thru My Lens: A Photographer’s Guide to Italy.

The author has traveled throughout Italy for the last 28 years, and as a photographer, each trip posed another challenge to capture this magical country and its picturesque regions.

He says, “I put together a travel book that is photo based. The concept is from the south to the north, each photo represents a place that I hope you will want to visit. The photography for me is very important, and I wanted to give you a little more than a regular travel book. My photos are all places you can visit. Use the images as an inspiration to explore Italy. It’s a magical country and you can never go there too often.”

“Michael is not just a great photographer. In his photos, the images, people, places, and scenes come to life, through his vivid depiction and careful attention to detail. You always feel a ‘sense of place,’ and want and need to be in that place. Through ‘his lens,’ Michael shares with you his experiences and emotions as a photographer and story teller.” – Bob Lipinski, founder, Bob Lipinski Consulting“His albums of Italy describe familiar places, with fresh stories to tell. Even the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Duomo of Florence, and il Colosseo in Rome look different from the postcards.

Having an Italian background obviously makes a difference!” – Frank E. Johnson, author and Michael Belardo grew up in Connecticut, lived in San Francisco, and is now residing in New York City. An importer of Italian wines, his previous photography book was Friends of Wine: In Vino Veritas.

About the Author

Michael J. Belardo

Michael J. Belardo grew up in Connecticut, lived in San Francisco, and is now residing in New York City. A wine importer, he was inspired to write this book by the people he met along the wine trail.

 

 

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These are a personal collection of photographs taken thru the years of people in and associated with the International Wine Business.  Thank You to all who have supported my effort to get this book produced, Millie Grazie! For those of you I missed, You’ll be in the next book. In Vino Veritas.

Friends of Wine List

Vincenzo Abbruzzese, Valdicava,
Marilisa Allegrini
Piero Antinori
Charlie Arturaola
Salvatore Avallone, Villa Matilde
Joe Bastianich
Mario Batali
Angelo di Bari
Barolo Boys
Severino Barzan, Bottega del Vino, Friends Giancarlo and Elisa Guarnieri
Beaulieu Vineyard
Philip di Belardino
Bernabei, Franco
Laura Bianchi, Monsanto
Franco Biondi Santi
Michele Bisceglia
Raoul Blondin, “Chateau Mouton Rothschild”
Count Ugo and Lisa Bonacossi, Villa Capezzana
Bortoluzzi Family
Boscarelli Family
Bouchard Pere & Fils
Ampelio Bucci
Alex Burge
The Canella Family
Raffaele Cani, Santadi
Miriam Caporali, Valdipiatta
Cavaliere dell Ordine del Tartufo
Jean Michel Cazes, Chateau Lynch Bages
Bruno and Marcello Ceretto
Dario Cecchini, “The Butcher of Panzano”
Phillipe Chavy
Max Chapoutier
Stefano Chioccioli
Poderi Colla
Tino and Beppe Colla with Michael Belardo
Beppe Colla
Elvio Cogno
Ted Conklin
Corrine Conroy, Brane Cantenac,
Claudio Conterno, Conterno Fantino,
Andrea Costanti
Joey Delissio, River Café
Pascal Delbeck, Chateau Ausone,
Allison and Paolo Domenghetti, Domaine Select Wine Company
Luca d’Attoma, Winemaker
Al di Meola, Musician
Paola Einaudi
Hassan El Garrahy, Bar Italia
Giancarlo and Elisa Guarnieri, Lanciola,
Guido Fantino, Conterno Fantino
Morgane Fleury, Fleury Champagne
Giorgio Flessati
Carlo Ferrini
Vittorio Fiore
Livio and Maurazio Felluga
Roberto Fuligni
Maria Fuligni
Joshua Green
Angelo Gaja
Sandrine Garby, Chateau Y’Quem
Elisabetta Geppetti, Le Pupille
Guido, Marilena & Paola, Cocci Grifone
Maja and Roberto Guldener, Terrabianca,
Henriot Estate
Heublein Group
Silvio Jermann
Camillo di Juliis, Farnese,
Jack Krietzman, Jackson Fillmore
Chez L’Amis Louis, The Restaurant-Paris
Baron Patrick Ladoucette
Gaetano Lamaletto, Il Feuduccio
Villa La Selva
Francesco Lena, Santa Anastasia Sicily
Carlo Lisini
Salvatore Lombardi, Campagnola
Ciro Longbardo, Piccolo Sogno
Michael LoMonaco, Porter House
Teresa and Giorgio, Lungarotti
David Lynch
Joseph Macari, Micari Vineyards
Costanza Malfatti
Sirio Maccioni
Marco Maccioni, Le Cirque, Circo, Sirio
Mauro Maccioni, Le Cirque, Circo, Sirio
Giovanni Manetti, Fontodi
Romano, Paola & Pino Marengo, Ca Rome
Tony May and Marisa May, SD 26
Sergio Manetti, Montevertine
Filippo and Francesco Mazzei –Fonterutoli
Corinne Mentzelopoulos, Chateau Margaux
Manuel Marchetti, Marcarini,
Silvano Marchetto, Da Silvano
Bonaventura Maschio Family
Antonio and Pierro Mastroberardino
Group with Antonio Mastroberardino, Pasteum 1984
Tom Matthews
Anthony Mazzola
Gianni Menotti
Stefano Moccagatta, Villa Sparina,
Paolo Monti
Roberta Morrell
Christian Mouiex, Chateau Petrus
Davide Mozzone, Bongiovanni
Mary Mulligan
Laura Neri, Il Feuduccio
Julian Niccolini, Four Seasons
Benito Nonino
Chateau Olivier
Marchesi Pancrazi
Richard Parsons, Il Palazzone,
Marco Pasanella
Leonildo, Teresita, Andre & Dario Pieropan
Champagne Phillipponnat
Sabrina and Valerie Plozner
Antonello Pilloni, Santadi
Paolo della Puppa, Via Quadronno
Claudio Ponzio, Harry’s Bar-Venice
Paola Gloder Montefiori, Poggio Antico
Godfrey Polistina, Arrosto
Phil Pratt Club 21
Aldo Rafanelli
Renzo Rapacioli, Master Sommelier, Barolo Restaurant
Mara Rivetti, Dante Rivetti,
Nicole Rolet, Chen Blue
Romanee Conti Estate
Isabella Rossellini, Actress
Giorgio Ruffo, Einaudi
Francesco Russo, Terrabianca
San Stefano, Chefs
Julie Johnson, Tres Sabores
Matteo Sardagna, Einaudi
Sawicki, Bob
Paolo Secondo, Barolo Restaurant
Speri Family
Charles Scicolone, Food and Wine Writer
Renzo Seghesio -Monforte d’Alba Barolo
Smith Haut Lafite
Count Spinola , Castello di Tasarolo,
Giovannella Stianti, Volpaia
James Suckling
Dino Tantawi
Enrico Teruzzi, Teruzzi & Puthod,
Tartufo Dealers, Alba
Women of Impruneta
Tommaso, Tommaso Italian Restaurant- Brooklyn
Eugenio K and Claudio Velitti
Mattia Vezzola
Alex Von Bidder, Four Seasons
Countess Sigweis Von Neipperg, Chateau Canon La Gaffelere,
Elena Walch
Josh Wesson
Faith Willinger
Tim Wilson, Wolfgang Puck Wine Director
Michael Yurch, Sherry-Lehmann
Maurizio Zanella, Ca Del Bosco
Lucio Zanon
Kevin Zraly, Wine Educator