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The Concise World Atlas of Wine Paperback – Aug 15 2009

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Mitchell Beazley; Original edition (Aug. 15 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845335007
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845335007
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 2.5 x 25.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #498,264 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jordan Cowe on 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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47 of 47 people found the following review helpful
Lighter But Not Limited Nov. 11 2009
By Keith E. Webb - Published on
Format: Paperback
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.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Wine info April 11 2011
By Rinaldo Fraize - Published on
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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.
"Concise it is!" Nov. 17 2014
By M. William Feder - Published on
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I bought this looking for an affordable update of my 1970s softcover edition of Mr. Johnson's "World Atlas of Wine". Though there are some improvements, be aware that this is NOT a softcover edition of the current "World Atlas of Wine". "Concise" not only means less information, but also a smaller format, which makes looking at maps quite difficult. This book is also not small enough to carry while travelling as it is very heavy.
Recommended for everyone who enjoys wine Oct. 26 2012
By Jon Corelis - Published on
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The five star rating I give it is because anyone who enjoys drinking wine will benefit from this concise, knowledgeable book which gives basic geographical information about any wine you are likely to drink. Learning to associate various wines with their origins is one of the pleasures of wine drinking, and keeping this book by the table will give you over time an education in the subject.
Knowledge in your pocket Dec 25 2013
By Alexandre CALVI - Published on
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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

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