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Seeing all the kids go back to school every September always inspires an urge for learning and exploring new topics. That's why we've made a list of our favourite wine education books. These are our go to references when we have questions or need clarification on the many Italian wine regions and laws. We hope you find them as interesting as we do!
1. VINO ITALIANO: THE REGIONAL WINES OF ITALY by Joseph Bastianich & David Lynch
From the publisher: Vino Italiano is the only comprehensive and authoritative American guide to the wines of Italy. It surveys the country’s wine-producing regions; identifies key wine styles, producers, and vintages; and offers delicious regional recipes. Extensive reference materials—on Italy’s 300 growing zones, 361 authorized grape varieties, and 200 of the top producers— provide essential information for restaurateurs and wine merchants, as well as for wine enthusiasts.
2. VOLCANIC WINES: SALT, GRIT AND POWER by John Szabo MS
From the publisher: John Szabo introduces geology and volcanism and the correlation between soil type and wine composition, with the right balance of science and nature, personal history and commercial considerations. He covers how these soil types arise and where a guiding line has been drawn between volcanic and non-volcanic soils. A wide and breathtaking range of photographs highlight how stunning volcanic wine regions are; together with maps and wine labels the reader is taken on a visual tour of these remote corners of the globe.
3. ITALIAN WINE FOR DUMMIES by Mary Ewing-Mulligan & Ed McCarthy
From the publisher: Authored by certified wine educators and authors Ed McCarthy and Mary Ewing-Mulligan, Italian Wine For Dummies introduces you to the delectable world of fine Italian wine. It shows you how to: Translate wine labels, Identify great wine bargains, Develop your own wine tastes, Match Italian wines with foods, Here's everything you need to know to enjoy the best Tuscans, Sicilians, Abruzzese and other delicious Italian wines.
4. THE WORLD ATLAS OF WINE by Hugh Johnson & Jancis Robinson
From the publisher: The seventh edition will confirm the status of The World Atlas of Wine as the most essential and authoritative wine reference work. Reflecting the changing nature of the wine scene, the Atlas details developments in climate, technique and fashion as well as new regulations made over the last six years. A new Australian map highlights the importance of cool-climate regions as global warming takes effect, for example,while dynamic regions such as coastal Croatia, South Africa's Swartland and Ningxia in China are covered for the first time. The world's increasing appetite for wine is matched by a growing thirst for knowledge,which this book will amply satisfy.
5. THE WINE BIBLE by Karen MacNeil
From the publisher: Like a lively course from an expert teacher, The Wine Bible grounds the reader deeply in the fundamentals while layering on informative asides, tips, amusing anecdotes, definitions, glossaries, photos (all new for this edition), maps, labels, and recommended bottles. Karen MacNeil’s information comes directly through primary research; for this second edition she has tasted more than 10,000 wines and visited dozens of wine regions around the world. New to the book are wines of China, Japan, Mexico, and Slovenia. And through it all the reader becomes ever more informed—and, because of the author’s unique voice, always entertained: “In great years Pétrus is ravishing, elegant, and rich—Ingrid Bergman in red satin.” Or, describing a Riesling: “A laser beam. A sheet of ice. A great crackling bolt of lightning.”