A work of scholarship on an art.,
This review is from: The World Atlas of Wine, 7th Edition (Hardcover)
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This is an authoritative manual detailing the science of wine, then geography of wine (by country or if very specialised, by region) There is an invaluable section on how to enjoy the individual wine properly.
The detail in diagrams and illustrations are sensuous and the abundance of information gleaned from the text encourages exploration almost immediately. Someone enjoying the book cannot stay a beginner for too much longer.