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Native Wine Grapes of Italy Hardcover – May 16, 2014

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 640 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press; 1 edition (May 16, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520272269
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520272262
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 2 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #114,058 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


"Hours of pleasure for those who are tired of drinking only chardonnay and merlot."
(Miami Herald 2014-05-14)

"Wine writers will tell you that they reach for two kinds of books: those for serious research and those for curling up in a favorite chair. When a book inhabits both categories, it is a rare and delightful tome indeed."
(The Boston Globe 2014-05-15)

"Detailed, interesting and original and I recommend to anyone interested in Italian wines or the topic of native wine grapes generally. It is a seriously fascinating read."
(The Wine Economist 2014-05-28)

"Intended for fans of Italian wine who want to learn more about all the native grape varieties, region by region. . . . An excellent reference tool for those interested in viticulture who would like to go beyond the science of tasting."
(Vins & Vignobles 2014-05-23)

"'Definitive' is the term that comes to mind for this book. It is rare to find a book that seems to cover its subject so thoroughly that it banishes the thought of needing any further resource on the matter, but Native Wine Grapes of Italy by Ian D’Agata is such a book."
(Italian Wine Central 2014-06-01)

"Kind of overwhelming, but oh so fascinating. The only thing to do is plunge in. . . . I’m hooked."
(S. Irene Virbila Los Angeles Times/Daily Dish 2014-06-17)

"This book had to be written, and Ian D'Agata is the only person I know who could have done it. . . . I strongly suspect every wine professional and wine consumer with a serious interest in Italian wine will come to count on the book as an indispensable work of reference for many years to come."
(Decanter 2014-07-01)

"There's little anyone could possibly want to find out about Italian viticulture and viniculture that isn't here. It is a magnum opus of daunting authority."
(John Mariani Virtual Gourmet 2014-06-22)

"D'Agata didn't just write this book, he lived it, and it's clear that he takes personal responsibility for the fate of Italy's native grape varieties. The frustration, tenderness, and romance that infuse both anecdotes and technical passages alike make this book an unexpected page-turner."
(The World of Fine Wine 2014-08-01)

"Italian wine lovers might look for information about certain grapes or simply leaf through this monograph, amused as I was by some of the facts Mr. D'Agata uncovered. Who knew, for example, that Grillo, the white grape of Sicily, is also the word for cricket in Italian? Or that the Pecorino grape was named after sheepherders? (Pecorino is, of course, more famously a cheese made from sheep's milk.)" -Lettie Teague's Six Favorite New Wine Books
(Wall Street Journal 2014-09-12)

"Superbly written, and very detailed . . . .Comprehensive and richly informative. His writing is excellent: his prose is flowing and easy-to-read."

(Huon Hooke Hooked on Wine 2014-09-20)

"This is . . . a book for any ardent lover of Italian wine to keep handy. . . . His friendly, open voice and appealing combination of humility and pride are just right for his complex subject."
(Edward Behr The Art of Eating 2014-12-01)

"This blend of personal recollection and definitive scholarship is an essential reference." - Best Wine Books of 2014
(Eric Asimov New York Times 2014-12-04)

"D'Agata has done superb scholarship on grapes both minor and major. . . . Serious lovers of Italianate wines need this book."
(Jon Bonné Inside Scoop SF/SFGate 2014-12-19)

From the Inside Flap

“Ian D’Agata was born to write this exhaustive, indispensable book on Italian wine grapes. His passion is indefatigable and his writing effortless. His willingness to demolish myths makes this the definitive word on the subject.”
John Mariani, author of The Dictionary of Italian Food and Drink and How Italian Food Conquered the World

“Ian D’Agata’s amazingly comprehensive new guide enables adventurous wine lovers to investigate Italy’s vast storehouse of native grapes. Think of this book as a GPS device for finding each variety—from world-renowned to nearly extinct—in its greatest manifestations.”
Stephen Tanzer, Editor/Publisher, International Wine Cellar

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bob from Michigan on September 9, 2014
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This book is a trip - it's extremely detailed and the level of research that went into it is actually quite astonishing. Ian D'Agata clearly has spent a big chunk of his life preparing the subject matter of this book. It provides insights into both the well known varietals and the lesser-known ones and includes a review of current genetic research on most of the important grapes in Italy. It also includes useful producer profiles and a general explanation of how the local people think about their own grapes and wines. A fantastic book, definite must-read for anyone interested in Italian wine or just useful as a reference for anyone who likes to learn about vino.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By a de vazeilles on August 31, 2014
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The greatest book / information about the various Italian wine grapes as the title of the book commands. But it is also a very informative book on Italian history and civilisation. Not a boring one for sure… I wish every wine producing country would have such a comprehensive book. Bravo!
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