Joe Campanale’s New Book Explores ‘Real Italian Wine’

The sommelier and restaurateur Joe Campanale’s new wine book, “Vino: The Essential Guide to Real Italian Wine,” is not for novices. But those who already understand Chianti and the D.O.C.G. classification might be primed to discover wines made by small producers from native grapes like frappato, grechetto and bonarda. Mr. Campanale started in the wine business in his early 20s and received a solid education from experts like the wine educator Linda Lawry (who died in November). Here he ignores pinot grigio but delves into orange wines and whites that benefit from aging, names his favorite labels and takes you through Italy’s 20 regions, describing the terroir, grapes, history and wineries that distinguish each.

“Vino: The Essential Guide to Real Italian Wine” by Joe Campanale with Joshua David Stein (Clarkson Potter, $35).

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