Sometimes it’s nice to learn about the wine you are sipping with ease and pleasure. However, talking about Italian wine is not always easy and broaching the grape varieties, the wines and the history can be daunting, especially if you are looking for a quick fix that can explain the complexities of this world.
The Jumbo Shrimp Guide to Italian Wine was created thanks to the contribution of several Italian wine professionals – not born in Italy, save one – who chose to undertake this guide because of their desire to translate the intricacies of Italian wine into manageable material. The authors wanted to create a book that was readily available to all those interested in understanding Italian wine in detail, but that might be intimidated by the subject.
The book offers all the tools to easily remember the key elements: how to read and understand the labels, the geographical information underlying each wine, the various types of grapes, and the most significant wines that could act as representatives of what is likely the most varied and qualitative wine production model in the world.
There is no lack of information on this topic, the material already in circulation is exhaustive, but therein lies the obstacle: discerning what information is essential, which facts pertinent for establishing a strong foundation, in order to launch a much broader understanding of the subject. The Jumbo Shrimp Guide to Italian Wine successfully delivers the most important building blocks for Italian wine education in an approachable way; the main producers, the great wines to watch out for, food and wine pairings and last but not least, a useful dictionary to distinguish between the places, grapes and the names of the various wines.
Dr Rebecca Lawrence DipWSET is an educator, editor and consultant specialising in Italian wine. She develops global education courses, leads the Vinitaly International Academy Certified Educator programme, and is an educator for the Wine and Spirits Education Trust. ”
Jacopo Fanciulli, VIA Italian Wine Ambassador. He has a degree in Communication Sciences, and Masters degrees in Enology and Marketing. He’s a Sommelier and AIS Taster and has been a second stage Master of Wine student.
Lyka Caparas, MBA, WSET Level 3, is a wine writer and product development marketing expert. She is finishing her 2nd Masters in Erasmus Wine Tourism.
Lan Liu, MBA, WSET Level 3, is the coordinator of Vinitaly International Academy and a certified Italian wine ambassador. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in Enology in China and furthered his wine passion in France, receiving a Master’s Degree in Enology.
Albano Silvia is a graphic designer and illustrator. Silvia’s hobbies include sharing her misadventures with her followers through the comic “Le mie malattie”.