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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Mitchell Beazley; 6th Revised edition edition (18 Oct. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845333012
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845333010
  • Product Dimensions: 24.1 x 3.8 x 29.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 90,746 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Hugh Johnson began acquiring his wine knowledge as a member of the Wine and Food Society at Cambridge University. When he came down from King's College in 1961 he became feature writer for Vogue and House & Garden, writing, among other things, wine columns for both magazines. In 1963 he became general secretary of the Wine and Food Society and succeeded the legendary gastronome André Simon as editor of Wine and Food. At the same time he became wine correspondent of The Sunday Times and started work on his first book Wine (1966), through which he established himself at the age of 27 as one of the subject's foremost writers. His rare talent for making the most complex subjects readable has led to a remarkable sequence of books.

After a year as travel editor of The Sunday Times he became editor of Queen, and in 1969 James Mitchell of the newly founded publishing house Mitchell Beazley asked him to write The World Atlas of Wine. First published in 1971, this book has been translated into 14 languages and sold over four million copies. The sixth edition, fully updated and co-written with Jancis Robinson, was published in October 2007, and a concise edition is to be published this September.

Hugh Johnson's vast knowledge of wine is condensed into his Pocket Wine Book, an annually updated guide to everything worth drinking, which, year by year, is the world's best-selling wine book. This year the 33rd edition of the book is published. In 2005 he penned his memoirs, entitled Wine - A Life Uncorked, which became another best-seller.

In 2007 Hugh Johnson received an OBE in the Queen's New Year's Honours list. His OBE was awarded for services to winemaking and horticulture. In April 2004 Hugh was honoured with the title of Chevalier de l'Ordre National du Mérite, one of the highest tributes bestowed by the French Government. The medal was presented to Hugh for his significant contribution to the appreciation and understanding of France and its wines.

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"Wine Book of the Millennium" Decanter

"This is the best collaboration of two Brits since Lennon and McCartney" -Ben Giliberti, Washington Post

"Consistently glittering" Times Literary Supplement

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A global best-seller. More than 47,000 copies of the 5th edition sold through Bookscan in the UK alone Completely updated to reflect the huge changes in the world of wine in the last 6 years Refreshed design - brand new full colour photographs and revised maps Guaranteed promotion from the world's greatest wine duo, Hugh Johnson and Jancis Robinson A must-have book for general wine lovers and wine trade professionals alike

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By D. Hill on 7 April 2009
Format: Hardcover
I got this for my birthday as a wine drinker and lover, and have got a lot out of it. The maps are great, and the detail on each district valuable. Had every producer been reviewed would the book have been extremely large, so a backrground on the typical conditions and wines of the major districts helps to understand better the wines that you drink. I must admit that my next buy would be a more exhaustive catalogue of every wine producer but such a book would have been harder to read.

The history of wine and the decription of each countries and of wine production and techniques is great. I recommend this a a detailed and good overview.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Adam V VINE VOICE on 6 Jun. 2011
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This is a really excellent book for its information, maps, photography and expert knowledge. Its definitly one to return to again and again to check a quick fact, or to flick through casually and browse (and still find yourself reading 2 hours later) The detailed maps are particularly helpful and very interesting to look over, and help to gain a fuller understanding of each region.

It does of course have a predictable balance towards France in its huge detail on French regions, which is a great resource to refer to, though it is not a luxury afforded to any other country. In the introduction to Italy for example, the writers put Italy almost on a par with France in terms of importance, but then proceed to give it a third of the page space. Personally I usually favour Italian at least as much as French, although I concede that France has had more essential impact on international varieties and styles, but Italy has more of its own varieties than any other country, and deserves almost equal billing. France continues to be of massive importance of course, just be warned that this book doesn't quite give you a 21st century picture, with anything like the same detail on the New World, or modern Italy and Spain, although I guess that would make it a much bigger book!
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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Keith E. Webb on 23 Dec. 2007
Format: Hardcover
At 400 pages, British wine experts Huge Johnson and Jancis Robinson have created their most exhaustive atlas yet, and a tremendous resource. The book is gorgeous - with a generous amount of color illustrations, photos, and maps, including 2 page spreads. All told there are 48 extra pages over the previous edition.

The 6th edition contains 200 maps, all revised and updates, including 20 new maps. The introduction contains essays on wine in the ancient world, vine types, grape varieties, weather, terroir, the wine growers calendar, how wine is made, etc. etc. Robinson has said this new edition took two years of concentrated effort. It was worth it!

Then the authors dive deep into wine regions organized by country. Each region or country covered has a colored map, an essay about the characteristics of the reason, vital statistics, and a few wine labels. France has the most with 55 regions featured, indeed, a quarter of the volume (100 pages) is on France. Italy features 18 regions. Spain 9. Portugal 6. Germany 12. United States 17. Australia 12. New Zealand 4. Other countries covered include: England and Wales, Switzerland, Austria, Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovenia, Western Balkans, Bulgaria, Romania, Former Soviet Republics, Greece, Eastern Mediterranean, North Africa, South Africa, China, Japan, and the rest of Asia. I find the information scant on Chile and Argentina, which is odd given their increased market exposure and rising excellence of wines.

The authors have expanded New World coverage, in keeping with expanded exposure and quality of the wine produced in these regions, for Australia, New Zealand, Argentina, South America, and South Africa. These are additions, with nothing taken away from the previous fabulous coverage of Old & New World wine regions.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ad on 5 Oct. 2010
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Any wine lover will appreciate this book whatever your level of knowledge. Very logically put together, great content and visually attractive. I have owned this book for a year now and it has been regularly used.
If you are looking for something specific such as the history of wine, wine making or detailed information on grapes or country producers etc... then, you should buy specialised books separately.
If you enjoy wine and only want to buy one book, buy this one. If you are a connoisseur, buy this book too, it will complement very well any other wine books you have. You won't regret it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Bryan on 13 April 2011
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An invaluable book showing excellent detail and explanation through countires and regions to vineyards. As a relative novice at wine I have found this very useful and it has helped me to build up a picture of the wine world.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Evgeny on 21 April 2012
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I was travelling a lot during last years and wine would always be the best accompaniment to any dinner in any countries. So I decided to find the most extensive book describing all the background information about wine and the places where it is grown to extend my knowledge in order to buy the wine that you know about, know the difference and fully enjoy drink.
This is the 6th edition of the World Altals of wine so I believe it tell for itself that the book is popular. It's filfilled with the details, spectacular images, nice schemes and terrain/map specifics of every different region that the vine grows in.
I haven't read it all but likewise every other encyclopedia you only refer to specific chapter when you need to and you explore it by trying different wines.
I strongly recommend this book to everyone who's interested in wine, technology and process this ancient drink is made according to.
The only thing you have to keep in mind that it is not a guide book and it's too bulky to serve this purpose so you won't be able to travel with this particular book.
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