World Atlas of Wine Hardcover – Apr 1 2007
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This is the best collaboration of two Brits since Lennon and McCartney.” Ben Gilberti, Washington Post
About the Author
Hugh Johnson is acclaimed as the worlds favourite 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 MW 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. She is acclaimed as awesomely intelligent (The Guardian) and a writer of breathtaking clarity (The Spectator). She lectures, makes regular television appearances, is the Financial Times wine correspondent and writes for several magazines.
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Top Customer Reviews
I have completed Level One through the International Sommelier Guild, and this is a wonderful bridge into Level Two.
Rather than an overwhelming dump of information - like the Oxford Companion can sometimes be - this book takes a much more readable approach. I am literally reading this book cover to cover with much enjoyment.
However, do not get the wrong idea. This book does cram a huge amount of information between its covers. The maps, as many other reviews vouch, are really excellent.
This will take the beginner deep into wine right from the get-go, or for the more intermediate, function as a refresher in the first pages and then plunge deep into the required geography and terroir.
Maps are exceptional with contours that shows the "why" of things such as steepness and sun exposure, writing is straightforward and goes immediately to the point.
This is NOT a "book for beginners" thought it is certainly the best one for them to buy at first!!!
Every detail can be a source of information. Read the fine prints on the labels!
This is a comprehensive book to address most of the planet's wine making regions so don't expect it to be exhaustive about every single one or to cover more than the basics of vine growth, wine making techniques and peripheral details. There are loads of great authors who did write books that will survey any region in much finer details: Strang, Coates, Karis, Livingstone-Learmonth to name a few. Nevertheless, that one is THE VISUAL ALL ROUNDER.
If you need more text and less images, buy the Oxford Companion to wine but you will certainly wonder why you didn't indulge both!
CONS: Chapters are sequenced weirdly: Burgundy then Champagne followed by Bordeaux then Southwest then Dordogne then Loire etc. Could have been putted in alphabetical order or north-south whatever...
If you have taken a wine course, or have read an introductory book (I would recommend Andrea Robinson's Great Wine made Simple), then this is a good next step.
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