101 Vini da Bere (101 Must-Drink Wines)
Luciano Pignataro traveled around the thousands of rural corners of Italy, experiencing an inexhaustible variety of sensations and flavors, whose diversity highlights the unique value of Italian enology.
In the guide entitled 101 Vini da Bere (101 Must-Drink Wines), Pignataro selected 101 Italian labels, from the Aosta Valley in the north to Sicily in the south of the peninsula. All the wines listed, with some exceptions which were added because of the great quality/ratio value they offer, cost under €10 at the winery.
Red, blush and white wines, sparklers and some dessert wines: basically the guide proposes a full cellar which almost everyone can afford without breaking the bank. The list includes many wines which, though available to purchase at an accessible price, can be stored and aged for years, awaiting that special occasion to be appreciated, always, Pignataro insists, paired with food.
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"A finale clarification: for the shake of transparency, we want the readers to know that the estates mentioned [in the book] have not paid a fee for it, nor is there, or has there ever been, a working or business relationship between me and any of the estates. I was not offered free hotel rooms, luscious holiday presents, lunches or dinners, nor did any other type of present exchange hands."
"The selection is the result of free choice, brought about exclusively by suggestions of people who have all my trust and whose technical preparation is renowned."
"So, you can be certain that there was no bias [in selecting the products], just kick back and enjoy drinking Italy in 101 different ways, thus contributing in the perpetuation of this tradition."
"Oh, one final thing: this is the first Italian book in the brief history of Italian wine publications, in which wines from north, center and south, including the islands, are featured equally. It was not an easy choice, however there are strong signals that is now time to look at the Italian wine production free of pre-conceived positions. It is truly time to turn the page and move on from celebrating the usual suspects."
"In the end it will be the reader, or better, the consumer, who will make the choice."