Edward Steinberg’s Italian wine book to be available in Chinese


The publishers of Edward Steinberg‘s book The Vines of Sori San Lorenzo: The Making of a Great Wine in the New Tradition have announced it will soon be available as an e-book in Traditional and Simplified Chinese.

The book itself was first published in English in 1993 by The Ecco Press. Since its publication, it has sold more than 80,000 copies in the United States alone.

It has since been translated into Italian, Spanish, French, Portuguese, German, Japanese and Russian. In May 2012, Shanghai Cultural Press published the Chinese version of the book, with Hong Kong-based wine writer Chantal CHI being its translator.

The popularity of the book, it is said, lies in the author Edward Steinberg’s ‘approachable and entertaining style’ in depicting the art of modern wine making in Italy, which is easy to read even for the ‘scientifically inexperienced readers’. The book features Italian vineyard Sori San Lorenzo, owned by Gaja - one of the most prominent wine producers in Italy’s Piedmont - as its backdrop.

Though the book wasn’t commissioned by Gaja, the winery hails the book as a landmark profile for the winery, and ‘a faithful and passionate account of how a wine comes to life.’

Publishers say the Traditional and Simplified Chinese e-books will be initially available via Google Play for approximately 45RMB (HK$55), though Google Play platform is not currently accessible in mainland China. Ms Gaia Gaja, daughter of Angelo Gaja, told decanter that they weren’t able to publish the Chinese version on iTunes and Kindle bookstore, and is searching for alternative platforms.

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