Firstly, I would like to set straight the bad rating given by another reviewer. No, this book isn't "A Beginners Introduction to Wine" but it doesn't claim to be. I've found "Beginner" books to cover things like grape variaties, tasting, accessories, etc. Whereas this book will teach you all spacificly about wines that are on shelves today. To give it a bad rating because it wasn't what you thought it was going to be isn't fair.
So, if you're like me and have a few "Beginner" books and wish to start moving forward on the subject, this book is a big step in the right direction. The book is extremely insightful and is the sorce of a wealth of information.
This book provides information on a country including:
Wine Regions (for those who like to know a bit about where the wine has come from)
Classifications (of what quality the wines are and how they compare to others)
Vintage Report (To do with the climate and how it effected growth and yield that year)
Producers (The people putting there name on a wine)
The Producers being a very important piece of information. If you find a wine that you like, find out who the producer is. The chances are they will put their name on other, equally good wines. This can be said for the opposite, you may find a producer whose wine you didn't like. If you try a different wine from the same producer and don't like that either you may want to avoid it in future.
I've started to ramble a bit but I guess that's what learning about wine does to people :)
So to summarize; you can take as much or as little from this book as you like. It won't spoon feed you the basics but it will really improve your knowledge of the wine world.
Thanks for reading