Top 10 books about wine, beer, and spirits to read in lockdown

Sangiovese, Lambrusco, and Other Vine Stories

One for the true viticulture geeks. Written by Attilio Scienza and Serena Imazio, this book seeks to challenge the established idea of “native” grapes that forms an important part of European winemaking tradition, not to mention the laws and regulations on appellation labelling.

It aims to demystify the origin of Europe’s famous grape varieties by analysing accounts of migration, conquest, and cross-cultural exchange that have formed an important part of wine commerce and viticulture for centuries.

Focusing on the history and ancestry of vines that are cultivated in Italy such as Sangiovese, Ribolla, Primitivo, as well as Moscato, Malvasia, and Lambrusco grapes, the book also includes international varieties such as Chardonnay, Merlot, Syrah, and Pinot in the conversation, highlighting cross-currents and contamination.

The work blends together genetic research on grapes’ DNA, ampelography and botanical studies, anthropology, the history of ancient civilisations, linguistics and literary studies, and questions whether we can call any grape variety indigenous to a specific country or region.

Sangiovese, Lambrusco, and Other Vine Stories can be purchased on Amazon Italy for €18,90 and on Amazon Kindle for US$9,99 (€ 9,02).

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