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Italian Wine Notes is written by Bob Lipinski and Gary Grunner, both qualified connoisseurs in the wine industry. The book comprises alphabetical lists of both major wines and their areas of origin, foods of the region, a glossary and phonetic pronunciations of terms, wine categories and grape varieties. Italy has approximately 2 million acres of planted vineyards, which are divided into 20 wine producing regions. Each region adheres to DOCG, DOC and IGT laws, which have specifications for all types of wine produced and how grapes should be grown. Italian wines are classed as Generic - place or origin; Varietal - varieties of grapes for specific wines; and Proprietary - producer. The country is the world’s largest producer of Vermouth and largest exporter of table wines into the United States. There are over 2,000 varieties of Italian wines which are an output no other country has surpassed.
Persons wishing to travel to Italy or who are interested in a wine or food career will recognize the full worth of Italian Wine Notes. The goal of the authors is to educate readers on Italy and their wines by providing more informative and in-depth data using a journal Gary Grunner kept on the topic, as well as input from Bob Lipinski. The authors not only elaborate on wines, but include major regional soccer teams, places of interest and towns, cheeses, a listing of DOCG wines as of 2013, and other relevant content that made Italian Wine Notes even more enlightening to read.