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World Atlas of Wine Hardcover – Apr 1 2007

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Mitchell Beazley; 6 edition (April 1 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845333012
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845333010
  • Product Dimensions: 24.1 x 3.8 x 29.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #124,792 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Praise for the Fifth Editionof The World Atlas of Wine:
“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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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.
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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...
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This is a highly educational book, but one that should not be approached without also buying Jancis Robinson's The Oxford Companion to Wine, or without reading it with your smart phone/computer beside you so you can look up the immense amount of words they use, yet do not explain. This is an Atlas, it explains wines based on region and topography, it does not in-dept cover many questions the reader will have about appellations, sub-appellations, tastes, descriptions, comparisons, etc. Do not read this as your first wine book. *A mistake I was making and then stopped, and revisited this book after reading some intro books*

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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