Nicolas Belfrage

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Nicolas Belfrage is a British Master of Wine,[1] a wine writer and considered an expert on Italian wine.[2]


Belfrage was born in Los Angeles in 1940, the son of British/American socialist writer Cedric Belfrage and his wife Molly Castle. He grew up in New York and London, and studied French and Italian at University College London, He became a Master of Wine in 1980.

Belfrage has contributed to publications such as Decanter, The World of Fine Wine, Wein Gourmet, and shared a column in Harpers Magazine with Franco Ziliani,[3] with whom he has also collaborated on contributions to Tom Stevenson's annual Wine Report.[4][5] For several years he has contributed the Italy section to Hugh Johnson's Pocket Wine Book as well as to the Oz Clarke Pocket Wine Book.


  • Life Beyond Lambrusco (1985)
  • Barolo to Valpolicella: The Wines of Northern Italy (1999)
  • Brunello to Zibibbo: The Wines of Tuscany, Central and Southern Italy (2001)
  • The Finest Wines of Tuscany and Central Italy (2009)

See also[edit]


  1. ^, Masters of Wine, Nicolas Belfrage profile
  2. ^ Robinson, Jancis, (1 October 2005). "Italian wine in the doldrums...". 
  3. ^ Belfrage, Nicolas; Ziliani, Franco, Harpers (24 October 2005). "In defence of our column". 
  4. ^ The Editors
  5. ^ wine book reviews