on 7 August 2007
I bought this edition of the book a few years ago and have just pre-ordered the new edition due out in November. I use this book constantly, even now. Some of the information is a little dated, so I would recommend pre-ordering the latest edition (as I have done). It's an excellent series of books and don't be put off by the price, it's well worth it!!!
on 11 February 2002
A truly useful and well presented book. Its full of information about grape varieties, wine making techniques, the producers and the wines themselves. I have read both Oz Clark and Parker and will no doubt continue to refer to them again but they are a bit dry in comparison to this book.
The Wine Encyclopedia is a joy to pick up and read at anytime, with detailed maps not just showing the road layouts but the soil conditions and the vine concentrations and the extents of the prime areas. There are some beautiful photographs and details of the main producers and their labels. The author's recommendations are also included at the end of each section.
Far better than a wine atlas. If you have only one book about wine in your house and you enjoy drinking wine I would recommend this book most highly.
on 19 March 2006
This is an excellent production with comprehensive detail, first class layout and maps. The balance is perfect catering equally for beginner, keen amateur and expert.
If you only buy two wine books, get this and Wine Behind the Label and you will not be disappointed.
on 14 October 2003
I was given the first edition of this encyclopaedia in 1989 and was very impressed with the easy to read depth of information within it. The newer edition (for which I am writing this review) is different. It covers much of the same ground as the older book but in some areas, Alsace as an example, it provides a different, but equally useful angle. In the first edition, the individual growers are listed together with a resume of their wines and styles. In the second, the grape varieties and blends are listed with a list of the better growers. Personally, I find the two books together an ideal combination. If you are interested in discovering hitherto little discovered wines, 'sleepers' or the very best examples of a specific type this is the book to get. If you can get a copy of the first edition to go with it, even better!