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Sotheby's Wine Encyclopedia Hardcover – October 31, 2011


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Product Details

  • Series: Sotheby's Wine Encyclopedia
  • Hardcover: 736 pages
  • Publisher: DK ADULT; 5 edition (October 31, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0756686849
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756686840
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 9 x 11.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #493,471 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Tom Stevenson has been writing about wine for thirty years. He is the author of twenty-three critically acclaimed books and the winner of thirty-one literary awards, including Wine Writer of the Year-three times.


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This book is very well constructed.
Sloan Simmons
I recommend this highly over the Kevin Zraly text and the Wine Bible by McNiel.
Christopher Barrett
Wonderful book for increasing ones wine knowledge.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By mariannes on November 26, 2011
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The book is a needed update: the world of wine moves ever forward, and many appellation systems throughout the world are in flux. New sections on cooperages, glassware, and an expanded variety section are good additions. The producer profiles remain a little disappointing in some areas, and as always Stevenson makes his own opinions and views very apparent--an occasionally awkward approach for an encyclopedic tome, but ultimately a refreshing one.

Stevenson is never something to be read from cover to cover, but this book will likely remain on your shelf as a resource for years to come, and every fresh look brings some new detail to light.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Barrett TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 6, 2013
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This was my go to text for the WSET Advanced level as well as the Certified level of the Court of Master Sommeliers. This text has enough information to easily cover almost any question on those exams. For the Advanced level as well as the WSET Diploma, this is still a handy reference. The Oxford will be a bit more useful for those upper level exams. But that is not to say this is only a reference text for wine students. No, this book is a wonderful overview of wine production as well as wine regions across the globe. I recommend this highly over the Kevin Zraly text and the Wine Bible by McNiel.

The updates are not quite as dramatic as in other texts. Mainly the author adds a few newly approved appellations and updates the vintage charts in each section. There are also many new photos. But the bulk of the book remains unchanged, and it doesn't need to be changed. I have purchased three revisions, this being the third. Each one does contain enough new information to warrant updating to the new version: if you are using it to study. If you are just a wine consumer, the updates may not be worth getting the new edition. Mainly I was tired of the old highlights from my previous study sessions!

If you are working towards wine certifications, this should be one of the three books that form the foundation along with World Atlas of Wine and The Oxford Companion to Wine, 3rd Edition. These three texts are amazing and well researched and cross checked.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. Giles on August 19, 2013
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I'm not a sommelier, nor do I play one on TV, but I bought this encyclopedia to try to get a better knowledge of wine, and boy it's the real deal! I'm only about 10 pages in, and I've already learned a ton!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J.W. on December 30, 2012
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Very complete and fun to learnmore about wine and the origins. New to wine drinking and wanted to know more.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By ShoeHeaux on October 16, 2012
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this book is so incredibly thorough and i cannot believe how detailed it is. i have over 7 wine books, various version, editions, etc but this one is amazing. i read it nonstop and can carry this one with me when studying and not need to source from another book! i'm a fan.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By HollyR on April 10, 2012
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a very comprehensive guide to wine. Well written, interesting, informative, and fun. I've very much enjoyed expanding my knowledge, and you can't say that about all learning processes.
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By samuel leon on August 9, 2013
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all the information i was looking for was here, great book for wine lovers, friends all ready want to borrow it.....
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Easy to read, concisely stated, great reference.
Delighted to have it in the library of go-to wine references!
This one even goes to ISG class each Monday.
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