Category Archives: Holiday Books 2016

Wine Books, Food Books and a Whiskey Book for Holiday Gifts


The Ultimate Guide to Italian Wine 2017img_1561

Daniele Cernilli (aka Doctor. Wine) is one of the foremost experts on Italian wine and has been a wine critic for many years. He was one of the founders of Gambero Rosso and for 24 years was the editor of the Gambero Rosso-Slow Food Wine Guide. Daniele was the inventor of the now famous Tre Bicchieri (Three Glasses) classification. Currently, he has is own web magazine called “Doctor Wine”

Daniele’s book is divided by region and wines are rated in a 100 point system. There is a red wine of the year, a white wine of the year, sparkling wine of the year, etc. There are 1,000 wineries profiled and an average of 2.5 wines per winery. But it is the expertise of the author and his staff that sets this guide above all the others.

The Wines and Food of Piemonteimg_2025

by Tom Hyland

Tom is a wine writer and wine teacher that I have know for a number of years. I have travelled with Tom to Piedmont on press trips and have tasted wine with him.

In his book, Tom does a thorough job of covering the wines of Piedmont, not only the well known ones such as Barolo and Barbaresco, but also less well known ones like Pelaverga, Ruche, Timorasso and Nascetta. Tom is a true lover of the wine, food and people of Piedmont and conveys that feeling in this book.img_2023

Italian Wine and Cheese Made Simple (2ND Edition)

Italian Wine Notes

by Gary Grunner & Bob Lipinski

I first met Gary Grunner when I was the wine director for I-Trulli Restaurant in NYC. Gary has worked in the wine and food industry for many years and in 2009 was awarded The Italian Trade Commission’s Distinguished Service Award.

Bob Lipinski is a Certified Sommelier. He has written eight books and more than 500 articles on wine and spirits. The list of his accomplishments goes on and on. In this book he has teamed up with Gary Grunner to create a handy guide to Italian wine and cheese.img_2022

Italian Wine Notes

by Gary Grunner and Bob Lipinski

Gary and Bob make it easy for anyone to understand   Italian wines. The book covers all the basic topics about Italian wine and gives food suggestions, too. This is the perfect gift for someone looking to understand Italian wine.img_2024

101: Everything You Need to Know about Whiskey

Bon Lipinski

The title of this book says it all!! This is a comprehensive guide that belongs on every bookshelf.its

The Italian Slower Cooker

by Michele Scicolone

Easy recipes to make in a slow cooker, written by my wife, best selling author Michele Scicolone. Her recipes are based on the idea that good ingredients and simple techniques can produce outstanding dishes with little effort in a slow cooker or “crockpot”. She has also written The French Slow Cooker and The Mediterranean Slow Cooker.

The Italian Vegetable Cookbookthe-italian-vegetable-cover

by Michele Scicolone

Michele’s latest book. Learn to cook vegetables the Italian way. Simple, healthy, delicious food for every day and special occasions.

1,000 Italian Recipesitalian-slow

by Michele Scicolone

Yes, there really are 1,000 recipes and yes, she tested them all on me! In this book, Michele covers everything from Italian appetizers to desserts. The only book you will ever need on Italian cooking.


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