GRANDI VINI; an opinionated tour of Italy's 89 finest wines (Clarkson Potter, 2010, 292 pages, ISBN 978-0-307-46303-6, $24.99 US hard covers) is by Joseph Bastianich, who owns four Italian wine estates, a wine store, plus many restaurants in New York City. Shamelessly, he has four log rollers including his business partner (Chef Mario Batali) and his own mother (Lidia Bastianich, cookbook author and co-owner of multiple restaurants, celebrity TV chef on PBS, etc.). Oh yes, if that wasn't enough: he also got an endorsement from Robert ("Himself") Parker Jr. But seriously, while this is a serious book, I have no idea why he needs such log rolling. He takes us through the process of why these wines were chosen by him (but why 89? Why not 90? Or 100?). Twenty-one wines are from nebbiolo grapes in
Audience and level of use: Italian wine lovers.
Some interesting or unusual facts: Some of the wines produced are biodynamic. Others are "natural" or "sustainable" or organic.
The downside to this book: the nature of differences among natural, sustainable, organic and biodynamic terms is not clearly stated.
The upside to this book: a good reckoning for the 89 wines.
Quality/Price Rating: 90.