From America's leading authority on Italian wines and Mario Batali's restaurant partner, Joe Bastianich, comes an engaging, masterful guide to the top 89 wines of Italy.
Joseph Bastianich is steeped in Italian wine like no one else. Not only is he the co-owner of, or partner in, eighteen restaurants (many with Mario Batali and others with his mother, Lidia Bastianich; almost all Italian with mind-bogglingly extensive wine lists) but he is also the co-owner of Italian Wine Merchants upscale retail wine store in New York City and an Italian wine producer in his own right. Through his years of traveling through Italy, tasting and collecting wine, he has honed a precise and thoughtful list of what he considers the country's top 89 wines, which he shares in Grandi Vini. No mere roster of names, this book is the ultimate armchair travel for wine lovers. Bastianich shares stories of his time spent in Italy with winemakers while explaining why he finds these particular wines so unforgettable. This opinionated, insider romp is coupled with detailed practical information on availability, price, and top vintages for each wine. With Grandi Vini in-hand, any wine enthusiast will be able to delve deep into the world of esteemed Italian wines like an expert to get to know this country's greatest bottles.