Our sixth edition of WSG Live features the wine scholar and author Ian D'Agata!
Ian D'Agata is a wine scholar like no other. He initially studied medicine (at four universities including Rome, Harvard and Montreal in his native Canada) and worked in pediatric medicine, specialising in pediatric gastroenterology; this background in science and scientific research informs all of his work. He pursued medicine and wine concurrently -- but eventually, wine won out, and for most of the last two decades he has lived and worked in Italy, writing the multi-award-winning Native Wine Grapes of Italy (in 2014) and Italy's Native Wine Grape Terroirs (in 2019). He has worked for Decanter and Vinous as well as teaching Oenology at the University of New Mexico and tasting and wine culture at New York University; he co-founded the Vinitaly International Academy and directed the International Wine Academy in Rome. Since December 2019, he has been Chief Scientific Officer at TasteSpirit, a leading Chinese wine and food media company and wine school, and is Editor in Chief of the TerroirSense Wine Review. He now lives in Shanghai, China.
The region of Campania is one of Italy’s most glorious wine territories, yet the fame of these wines is generally not as well documented as examples from several other wine regions throughout the country.
This is a shame, as Campania is certainly an important wine region, one where historical varieties, such as Greco, Fiano and Aglianico take center stage, while other varieties from the widely planted Falanghina to the lesser-known Pallagrello Bianco and Nero, Piedirosso and Biancolella are also an important part of this region's current wine story.
In this webinar, we will examine the history of this region’s wines, and discuss how today’s producers have changed Campania from a quiet, reserved wine region into a vibrant, critically important one, making today’s Campania home to some of the country’s most distinctive reds and whites.
Tom Hyland is a Chicago-based wine writer/educator and photographer, specializing in Italian wines.
He has authored two books on Italian wines, and has conducted seminars for the trade on various Italian wines in Chicago, New York and in Bordeaux at VinExpo.
He has been writing about these wines for 19 years, and today is a contributor to Decanter and wine-searcher.com. He is also the U.S. ambassador for the consorzio, I Vini del Piemonte.
Are you looking for the best Italian red grapes? The wonderful thing about Italian red grape varieties is that they are distinctly Italian. Plenty of winegrowers around the world have made attempts at growing Sangiovese, Nebbiolo and Barbera, but few have come even close to matching the results of these grapes’ native soils. As a rule, Italian grape varieties don’t care to leave Italy, and who could blame them? Completely at home in their places of origin or tradition, each Italian red grape has evolved and adapted in perfect harmony with their surroundings.
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