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5.0 out of 5 stars Approachable Book - Good for the Beginner+ to Advanced Student,
This review is from: World Atlas of Wine (Hardcover)A very approachable book, far better than most 'resource books' I have come across.
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.
5.0 out of 5 stars THE VISUAL ALL ROUNDER!,
This review is from: World Atlas of Wine (Hardcover)This is one of the most outstanding book about wine one can buy period.I bought it four years ago and am still constantly referring at it especially when I do presentations during tastings, even though I have a shelf full of way more specialized books about individual regions.
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...
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Wine Book,
This review is from: World Atlas of Wine (Hardcover)This is an outstanding book and truly worth the price.
I purchased this book for my staff to read as they had requested a book that explained wines.
Randall R. McQueen
5.0 out of 5 stars The most authoritative wine book.,
This review is from: World Atlas of Wine (Hardcover)She is the No.1 wine taster in the world. She introduced wine from diverse respects, such as region,history.
This is a systematic book to learn wine.
4.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for beginners,
This review is from: World Atlas of Wine (Hardcover)The book is basic and a great buy for those that know little about wine. It does not go into the numerical details that will be necessary later on, however omitting those numbers and lists make it a very good introduction to wine. The photos are great and the layout is logical and seamless.
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World Atlas of Wine by Jancis Robinson (Hardcover - April 1 2007)
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