New Book Offers Fun, Entertaining Alternative to Traditional Wine Encyclopedias

“Decoding Italian Wine” Combines Wine Education and Cultural Insights
with Fun Facts, Historical Tidbits and Pop Culture References

Atlanta, GA – A new book released today seeks to demystify the complicated world of Italian wine by offering a practical, fun-to-read and easy-to-digest study of the Italian wine landscape. The book, Decoding Italian Wine: A Beginner’s Guide to Enjoying the Grapes, Regions, Practices and Culture of the “Land of Wine,” written by Andrew Cullen and Ryan Anthony McNally, is available in paperback and Kindle formats from

“Opening an Italian wine list at a restaurant or walking through the Italian section at your wine shop can feel like you’re in another country,” says co-author Andrew Cullen. “We’ve been there, and we wrote this book to help make those experiences less intimidating and even enjoyable. We didn’t want to present an encyclopedia of thousands of obscure grapes. Instead, we aimed to write a short, quick and fun guide that was also informative and practical.”

download“Ever since I attempted to subsist solely on pizza, bread and vino as a college student studying in Venice, I’ve been interested in Italian wine,” says co-author Ryan McNally. “But venturing out beyond Chianti can be as intimidating as a Clint Eastwood glare in one of Sergio Leone’s spaghetti westerns. Hopefully, this book helps make Italian wine a little more accessible to those who share our passion for good wine and Italian culture.”

Decoding Italian Wine: A Beginner’s Guide to Enjoying the Grapes, Regions, Practices and Culture of the “Land of Wine” covers Italy’s most prominent grape varietals and regions, explains how to read Italian wine labels and discusses how Italian wines are classified. Peppered with pop culture references and interesting historical tidbits, it also offers food and wine pairings, suggests amusing Italian phrases to work into your vocabulary, highlights rappers’ passion for Moscato, and even shares a little bit about the wine scenes in classic Italian films like Bicycle Thieves and La Dolce Vita.

About the Authors:

Andrew Cullen is the author of “Decoding French Wine: A Beginner’s Guide to Enjoying the Fruits of the French Terroir,” “Around the Wine World in 40 Pages: An Exploration Guide for the Beginning Wine Enthusiast” and “New Customers Now: Using the Web’s Best Free Tools to Market Your Small Business.” He is a digital marketer for a global 100 brand and the founder of the websites and

Ryan McNally is the creator of and the co-author of “Class Dismissed: 75 Outrageous, Mind-Expanding College Exploits.” He has written for dozens of magazines and websites on topics including music, sports and film. He has also managed to survive such foolish exploits as working on the set of several low-budget independent films, directing a music video for a local metal band, and attempting to eat a 29-inch pizza within an hour.

Contact: Bob Gonsalves, ICBM Media, 770-688-5969,