The 500-plus(!) native wine grapes of Italy, from Aglianico to Zibibbo

Jun 19, 2014 1612

Got the hammock strung up? Check. A chilled bottle of Prosecco or Vermentino? Check. Notebook handy? Pen or pencil? Check.

Time to do some studying. Our textbook: "Native Wine Grapes of Italy" by Ian D'Agata (University of California Press, Berkeley). That's 620 pages of hard-won knowledge about Italy's familiar and obscure grapes, including an index of grape varietals that runs to 10 pages, two columns each — about 500 in all.

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