The Concise World Atlas of Wine Paperback – Aug 15 2009
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Hugh Johnson is acclaimed as the world's favorite wine writer. Since his first book, Wine, appeared in 1966, he has been making the subject of wine approachable to all with his witty and humorous style. His other books include the bestseller Hugh Johnson's Pocket Wine Book. He is also President of The Sunday Times Wine Club.
Jancis Robinson is internationally renowned for her witty, authoritative wine writing and her books Vines, Grapes and Wines, and Oxford Companion to Wine are among the most important in wine literature.
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The maps are great for an atlas, they are very detailed with appropriate scales, elevation and contour lines and altitude listed where relevant ( in addition to elevation lines). And this would make immense sense if the content of the book were in regards to geography more so things such in depth information about climate, soil types, major geologic formations that the regions fall into. Even things like culture, population and so on make sense in terms of an atlas. However that isn't the focus of the book at all.
What instead accompanies these great maps is what would otherwise make a very good book providing a general overview of wine regions and the wines they produce. If they changed the maps to something more beginner friendly and made it more of a replacement to the wine bible it would take very little to make it great at that. Or if they kept the maps and what little technical information there is, tossed out the light general descriptions and gave descriptions of climate at various times in the years and such it would also be very good at that.Read more ›
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Overall, the Concise World Atlas weighs about half as much, is paperback, and is about 8 x 10 inches, and 50 pages less. These features in themselves makes it more 'concise' and portable, something I would have liked on my last trip to Europe.
If you're looking for a wine atlas to take with you, or if you're on a budget, this is it. If you want a beautiful, large format coffee-table style atlas you might consider the larger World Atlas of Wine. Both are a great resource to the wine lover.