Unedited, authoritative, exhaustive: these are the characteristics of the new book by Il Cucchiaio d'Argento due out on 28 October.

That it is a great novelty can be guessed from the very first glance: an iconic and brilliant stylised glass in the centre of the cover announces that the Editoriale Domus brand, for over 70 years an absolute point of reference in food publishing, is also landing in the beverage world. It does so by publishing an important reference, an elegant 360-page volume, designed to accompany the latest (eleventh) edition of the historic recipe book "Il Cucchiaio d'Argento" (The Silver Spoon), whose style and graphic design it recalls. Entitled 'Il Bicchiere d'Argento' (The Silver cup), it is an unprecedented volume entirely dedicated to Italian wines. A wonderful gift also in view of the upcoming Christmas holidays.

Accompanying Il Cucchiaio in this new challenge is the multi-award-winning wine critic and worldwide wine expert Luca Gardini: thanks to his special editing, the book provides a detailed, innovative, dynamic and absolutely accessible overview of the contents. A title that satisfies and arouses the curiosity of the most demanding wine enthusiast and, at the same time, extends a helping hand to the less experienced consumer to help him find his way around.

Like all publishing , this book - which explores an increasingly complex and ever-changing world - stands out for the clarity and reliability of its contents.
The first part of Il Bicchiere d'Argento (The Silver Glass) is a guide to wine knowledge created through an account of the grape varieties, wine territories and wine-making processes currently in use in our country. Not only whites or reds but also aged and cask wines, technical wines and those orange and natural wines that are increasingly the focus of attention of producers and experts. The next step is that of tasting, an experience for which the book prepares without falling into excessive notionism but adopting a very concrete and immediate approach, explaining the basic parameters - softness, freshness, density - through which one can appreciate and grasp the nuances of what one is drinking. There is no lack of discussion of storage and advice on service with an extensive focus explaining how to create one's own cellar and how to practise the art of receiving without hitches - no more doubts between carafe or decanter for example - fearlessly managing the various types of glasses and the different temperatures required. Since this is Il Cucchiaio d'Argento (The Silver Glass), food and wine pairing could not be missing, a theme also close to Luca Gardini's heart, who explains how to go beyond the classic rules in favour of a new and innovative contemporary paradigm in the name of experimentation and pleasure ("very often we are dealing with dated theorisations, never revised or revisited" he explains "truly paradoxical given the contamination of both cuisine and wine taste derived").

The second part of the book accompanies the reader on an ideal journey through the vineyards of Italy: in what is to all intents and purposes the 'geography of Italian wine' Il Bicchiere d'Argento reviews all the regions, stopping off in the most important wine territories, describing the relative grape varieties and pointing out the producers of excellence, geolocated on special maps. A ready-to-read and easy-to-read section that becomes a fun cue for organising out-of-town trips in the company of friends and real food and wine tourism experiences.

Closing the book, confirming its absolutely unprecedented character, is a rigorous and thoughtful selection of 500 labels to be tasted at least once in a lifetime. A list, not a classification, of wines that are always current and absolutely commercially available and which, as Gardini himself explains, have made the ancient and modern history of the sector, always being guaranteed, regardless of vintage. Readers can easily check them out, as they are divided by category (red, white, orange, bubbly and sweet) and then by region of origin. An extremely broad and varied list that will also satisfy the needs of connoisseurs always on the lookout for fine bottles to discover, and a vademecum to consult when wishing to donate a good bottle.



This is not the first time that Il Cucchiaio d'Argento has ventured into this world: a very first (and only) edition of Bicchiere d'Argento was already published in 1986. The differences were not small: it spoke of all beverages including waters, herbal teas and bitters, showing how little specificity wine had at the time, the use of which was also limited to the table and the service entrusted to the 'modern hostess'.

"Leafing through that beautiful volume today, which was in any case a huge publishing success at the time, confirms how much everything has changed. Il Cucchiaio d'Argento has always chronicled the culture of the table and the evolution of styles, habits and rules in the kitchen. Among these is certainly the new role that wine has won, conquering increasingly numerous and heterogeneous age brackets of enthusiasts. A role that deserves attention and in-depth knowledge. With this spirit, and with the dedication of always, we have decided to bring Il Bicchiere d'Argento to bookshops,' explains Tatjana Pauli, director of Il Cucchiaio d'Argento Libri.

Thanks to Luca Gardini's unparalleled experience, the book thus pays homage to history but above all to the change - including cultural change - in which wine, particularly Italian wine, has been a protagonist in recent years. It is in fact an absolutely up-to-date snapshot of a sector that, as confirmed by the data reported by Gardini himself in his introduction, confirms itself as a driving force for the entire national economy. From distribution locations to production processes, Il Bicchiere d'Argento explores, teaches, advises and tells. It bears witness to the evolution taking place, dwelling in particular on the theme of sustainability and environmental impact. Lots of information, much food for thought and a panel of tools through which to learn and choose with awareness. Without ever forgetting the value, and pleasantness, of personal taste.

"I am very proud that Il Cucchiaio d'Argento thought of me to take care of this fundamental editorial project. The world of wine is a transforming universe, so the role of guides and manuals is central in orienting oneself in a fascinating sector. A book of this kind is also an opportunity to take stock of the growth of the entire sector, which in the last 25 years has become a worldwide reference point. Wine is beauty, sharing, emotion, history, a heritage of Italian style, one of the ways in which our territorial wealth and craftsmanship can be perceived. Communicating it, telling it in an appropriate way, is one of my missions, and it is also the main objective of this volume,' Luca Gardini told.


Source: Editoriale Domus

Credit Photo: Luca Gardini