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The Concise World Atlas of Wine [Paperback]

Hugh Johnson
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Aug. 15 2009 World Atlas of

An innovative concise format 'working edition' of Hugh Johnson and Jancis Robinson's World Atlas of Wine, the pre-eminent and internationally acclaimed guide to the wines of the world.

This brand-new concise edition of the World Atlas of Wine contains every one of the 200 maps core to the appeal of its original format.

An ideal self-purchase, the Concise World Atlas of Wine combines essential information on the wines of the world, written by the world's most authoritative wine duo, with the unparalleled clarity and detail of the most up-to-date and useful maps available of wine growing areas.

Benefiting throughout from the highest-quality research included in the sixth edition of Hugh Johnson and Jancis Robinson's World Atlas of Wine, this concise version is a must-have book for everyone involved in the world of wine and an ideal reference book for every wine enthusiast.

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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but could achieve more July 28 2013
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Because of the nature of this book and the fact that its listed as an atlas I feel that I may have expected more technical detail from it that there was. I don't feel the book really knows what it's supposed to be, it tries all times to be both an atlas and an encyclopedia but isn't willing to either add the needed page count or give up one area. The writing itself is top notch as one would expect from two widely acclaimed authors and writes so I will certainly give credit where due.

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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lighter But Not Limited Nov. 11 2009
By Keith E. Webb - Published on Amazon.com
This atlas is the "lite" edition of the World Atlas of Wine, which is the premier wine atlas currently published. I compared both fairly carefully and can't see much difference. The introduction is quite slimmed down. Both have the same number of maps (200), therefore cover the same wine regions. The text is laid out differently and may be a bit edited, but I couldn't see it.

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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wine info April 11 2011
By Rinaldo Fraize - Published on Amazon.com
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Book is great source of grape varieties and wine by region. Maps are sometimes small in detail, but still very useful. We expect to enjoy use of book for many years.
4.0 out of 5 stars Knowledge in your pocket Dec 25 2013
By Alexandre CALVI - Published on Amazon.com
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It's a comfortable size book to carry on my way to everywhere I feel like to go. The amazing detailed map are easy to read and make the wine more understandable
5.0 out of 5 stars Great May 9 2013
By Ryan H. C. - Published on Amazon.com
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Exaactly what I want! Beautiful books with detailed maps and information, great satisfaction to learner's taste. Perfect companion to Learner's at all stages.
5.0 out of 5 stars Concise Wine Atlas March 22 2013
By Robin Young - Published on Amazon.com
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Compared to my original first edition of Hugh Johnson's World Atlas of Wine this is up to date and much more portable.
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