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The World Atlas of Wine Hardcover – July 28, 2006
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The World Atlas of Wine is something of a dream-team production. The names Hugh Johnson and Jancis Robinson alone recommend any book on which they appear. The fifth edition (in 30 years) of this astonishingly successful book lives up to, and surpasses, its predecessors. In 350 densely packed but never clotted pages the authors manage the extraordinary feat of characterizing wine production throughout the world, from Vancouver Island to Japan--Buddhists first planted vines in that inhospitably precipitous, monsoon-lashed land over a 1,000 years ago. After a substantial introductory section dealing with the history of wine, its making, storage, and enjoyment, we're off. Starting with (where else?) France and Burgundy, each wine area is summarized in terms of its geography, climate, and preferred vines and the appellations, laws, and traditions that govern production. The discussion of Pomerol, for example, tells you a great deal in one short page. Even since 1994, when the fourth edition came out, vast changes have swept the wine world, and many parts of the atlas have been correspondingly completely reworked. South America, Canada, Southern France, Italy, Greece, Eastern Europe, and the Eastern Mediterranean are among the areas that have benefited. The regional maps that form the core of the book are a triumph of clarity. The whole production constitutes a brilliant achievement of organization and synthesis, forming an indispensable resource for any wine lover at all interested in where the wine they drink comes from and why it tastes the way it does. --Robin Davidson, Amazon.co.uk
The turn of the year means another vintage of wine has been laid down in the world's cellars, and people await the verdict on the latest crop. Now, more than ever, connoisseurs look for the particular qualities imparted to wines by the soils where the grapes matured. Hugh Johnson's The World Atlas of Wine has been the recognized authority in the geographic study of wine for more than 30 years. Now Jancis Robinson has joined forces with Johnson for the book's fifth edition. Recent years have seen the growth of first California and lately Australian, Chilean, and South African entries into world markets. High-quality, detailed topographic maps form the atlas' backbone, and increasing use of color has only increased their effectiveness. Western Europe remains the book's focus, but it still has worldwide coverage. Food and wine collections can scarcely afford to miss this new volume. Mark Knoblauch
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This book answers everything you have ever wondered about wine!
The maps are all extremely detailed and it adds an extra dimension to the book making it so much more interesting.
I never expected a book to have this many geological details and I'm also impressed that the authors are really great experts in wine, winery, and wine culture. Great piece which deserves to be owned by every wine lover out there..
Although there are several editions to this book, I liked this one for it's affordability and appearance.
Side note. Watch different sellers for the best pricing on this book. I purchased mine for approximately $16 on Prime last fall. Then saw it priced at $49.95 from another seller so I waited and shopped around until I came across this one for my gift giving. I believe I paid under $24. I'm extremely pleased with this purchase
Chock full of information from different regions and the Wines produced. A must have for that wine enthusiast who has everything.
The details about the many growing regions of the world are fantastic. This book will help you select wines from a region, not just by varietal or by country, but even by vineyard or block. The maps show incredible detail. Every wine lover should have this book.
There is only one negative, and that is a book cannot contain every location and winery. So sometimes it won't be there. But overall, this book has to contain 99% of all wine regions, and certainly all the well known ones. You are likely to discover a winery in your backyard, even if you are not in one of the famous wine regions!