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Sotheby's Wine Encyclopedia: Fourth Edition, Revised Hardcover – November 19, 2007


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Product Details

  • Series: Sotheby's Wine Encyclopedia
  • Hardcover: 664 pages
  • Publisher: DK ADULT; 4 edition (November 19, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0756631645
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756631642
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.8 x 1.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #731,270 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"... an essential part of a good wine library." -- The Wall Street Journal

"... this is anything but dull or pedantic and is written in a way both wine experts and novices can enjoy." -- Tampa Tribune

About the Author

Tom Stevenson has been writing about wine for nearly thirty years and is the author of more than 20 books. He's been nominated on three occasions as Wine Writer of the Year and received the coveted Wine Literary Award, America's lifetime achievement award for wine writing. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Great book, with a wealth of usefull information.
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A must for wine lovers whether you're a beginner or an expert.
T. Caven
I purchased this book for my son-in-law's birthday gift.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

33 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Norman Siebrasse on March 23, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Warning: despite the title, this book is NOT an encyclopedia. It is not a general compendium of wine related knowledge. Do not expect to find articles on topics like "shiraz," "brettanomyces," or "tannins." It is in no way comparable to The Oxford Companion to Wine.

This book is essentially a wine atlas; it is directly comparable to Johnson & Robinson World Atlas of Wine. The first 50 pages of both books are devoted to general articles on topics such as "Terroir," but the bulk of the book (550 pages) is arranged geographically by region. The regional headings correspond almost exactly to those in the Atlas. (As with the Atlas, the focus is on the old world. France alone gets over 200 pages of the 550, while the Americas (North and South), Australia and New Zealand combined get just under 160 pages. These are roughly the same proportions as the Atlas.) One major difference between Stevenson's book (which I refuse to call an "encyclopedia") and the Atlas is that Stevenson's book has few maps, and the maps that it does have are very general. No doubt this is why the book is not called an "atlas" despite its geographic organization.

As an example, consider the treatment of Barbaresco (which I happened to be drinking when I first opened this book). There are 39 pages on Italy, which begins with a 4 page overview of the country as a whole, focusing on the DOG system. The general content seems to be very well done (I am not enough of expert to say whether it is accurate). It is then divided into subregions. Northwest Italy gets 9 pages, of which 2 are general, with a paragraph each of the main regions, such as Piedmont. The bulk of the section are capsule descriptions of all of the various appellations.
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If only one wine reference encyclopedia is to be purchased, The Southeby's Wine Encyclopedia: The Classic Reference To The Wines Of The World should surely be a strong contender: it's now in its 4th edition, has been fully updated, and is the only single volume that maps and provides in-depth details about every wine-growing region from traditional to new - including those of emerging areas. Each region receives an analysis of appellations, taste and quality, winning producers, and offerings. Add rating systems, small color photos of labels and vineyard descriptions and you have a real winner.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Barrett TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 24, 2007
Format: Hardcover
What can I say about the latest edition except bigger and better. I love the breakdown of the appellations such as the difficult French and Italian AOCs and DOCs (and DOCGs). The layout is more accessible than the Oxford though lacks the breadth and depth of the latter text. Being in the wine business for many years I must recommend this as one of the cornerstones of any wine library and the 3rd book to buy for your wine knowledge after the Oxford Companion to Wine (1st) and the World Atlas of Wine (2nd)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Alison M. Christ on March 18, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Great for studying for Sommelier exam and also great for wine buyers to learn about vineyards...and much more.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Pesta on March 28, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I am a gigantic nerd, so this book is great, but for normal people that just want the information...it might have too much minutia.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E. Shlimovich on October 3, 2013
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This book is great for France (by far the longest section), and provides acceptable introductory overviews of other regions, but is truly dreadful for Italy and Germany if you are looking for a bit more detail. The maps of those regions are also extremely difficult to decipher, because they are trying to cover too much (one half-page map is supposed to cover all of Northwest Italy, which includes at least 4 major wine regions). In addition, it's largely a book to guide investing in wine, not necessarily exploring wine for fun's sake. A good introductory tool, nonetheless, but not much beyond that.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joseph F. Mcconnell on December 15, 2011
Format: Hardcover
There's more than one book in this category, but this is my preferred source of look-it-up wine info. Kept up to date by periodic revisions, you can update your copy and pass the down-rev versions on to friends and family -- the key facts don't change too dramatically, and the quality of the publication itself (writing, illustrations, design -- the whole package) is extremely good. I keep buying the new releases mostly to keep up with the French AOC structure, but you wouldn't necessarily have to buy every single one (sorry, Tom) I have a weakness for encyclopedias of various kinds, and this is a very good example.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Judith on August 21, 2011
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Excellent product!! I received it in Argentina in 15 days!! in pecfect conditions!! Apart from that this book was not available in my country. I strongly recommend it :D Thank you Amazon!!!
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