The face of Italian wine has changed enormously over recent years. Across-the-board improvements in quality have gone hand-in-hand with an embracing of new techniques, and this "Old World" producer has gained a new sheen of modernity. The pioneering zeal which has brought us wines such as the exalted Super-Tuscans has also manifested itself in an exploration of very good mid-range wines. "Wines of Italy" simplifies the vast array of grape varieties, wine zones and producer names, systematically covering the country, region by region from North to South. The book begins with a glossary of the language of Italian wine and this is accompanied by detailed advice on classifications and wine lables. A comprehensive list of Italy's important grape varieties follow, illustrated with regional profiles and maps. Wines from each region are described, with star ratings and vintage details. Each regional profile concludes with a review of its specialities, with suggestions made for accompanying wines. "Wines of Italy" has been revised and updated for 2002 and offers clear information at a glance.