If you’re an Italian wine nerd, you know that learning about the stuff can be extremely tough. With more native grape varieties than anywhere else in the world, getting to know classics like Barolo, Brunello, and Etna Rosso only scratches the surface of this amazing wine country.
Until recently, if you wanted to go deeper, you’d need to cobble together a bundle of different sources in order to discover all that Italian wine has to offer. Thankfully, you don’t have to do that anymore.
Stevie Kim, Managing Director of Vinitaly International, and her team have released Italian Wine Unplugged, a grape-by-grape guide to all of Italy.
“This book is the culmination of a long journey that started when I met Ian D’Agata, the ultimate geek of Native Wine Grapes of Italy—also the title of his encyclopedic reference book,” Kim says. “When I started working with Ian, I realized that trying to decipher Italian wine was a bit similar to trying to understand Italians in general: incredibly talented and creative but even more fragmented and individualistic…Italian Wine Unplugged Grape by Grape tells the story of Italian wine by showcasing the many Italian native grape varieties.”
The book walks readers through Italy by exploring each grape that calls the country home. You can digest as much or as little as you want in one sitting, either focusing on one grape, or tackling an entire region. It’s the best way to fully learn about Italian wine, and it’s organized in a manner that’s easy to follow and understand.
Italian Wine Unplugged is now on sale, so grab a copy for the Italian wine nerd in your life.