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Format: Hardcover|Vine Customer Review of Free Product( What's this? )
This 7th Edition of the World Atlas of Wine is a sumptuous volume running to around 400 pages. It is lavishly produced in with lots of colour pictures, statistical tables/graphs, maps, facsimile wine labels, a comprehensive index and gazetteer. The book has a detailed introductory chapter on winemaking and its history running to about 30 pages. The rest of the book is then divided into countries; France; Italy; Spain; Portugal; Germany; England and Wales; Switzerland; Austria; Hungary; Czech Republic and Slovakia; Western Balkans; Croatia; Slovenia; Bulgaria; Romania; Black Sea Region; Georgia; Greece; Turkey; Eastern Mediterranean; North America; South America; Australia; New Zealand; South Africa and Asia.

Each section of the Wine Atlas is broken down by region (together with a detailed map) and the climate, grapes and wines produced are then discussed in considerable detail including the key producers and vintages. Apart from lots of photographs there's also an abundance of climatic and statistical data covering production etc.

Ordinarily I'd have said this was a reference book rather than one you'd read from cover to cover, however, because of the production quality and sheer readability I think there'll be a lot of people who will actually read this from cover to cover. The presentation can't be faulted and the content is interesting and highly informative. This book would make a superb gift for anyone remotely interested in wine. Recommended.
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on 30 January 2014
this was a christmas present and apparantly arrived before christmas,
the person purchased for advised me that it was excellent read
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on 18 May 2015
Without doubt the best wine book in the world! Only printed every few years so get one when you can - will last a lifetime. Hopefully.
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on 9 January 2014
First impressions are great. I am not that familiar with the subject but find the cultivation notes intriguing and very informative.
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on 28 December 2013
If you only want to have one wine reference book in hand, this updated version "The World Atlas of Wine" is the best choice!
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on 12 January 2014
A gift to my son-in-law who is a great wine connoisseur loved it and stayed buried in it for long periods during Christmas holidays.
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VINE VOICEon 10 November 2013
Format: Hardcover|Vine Customer Review of Free Product( What's this? )
This is a handsome,solid book printed on beautiful paper - which you need as it stuffed full of fabulous maps of wine regions and then local wine areas on top of that. The book is what you would expect from Hugh Johnson and Jancis Robinson - solid, informative and interesting.

It is a World Atlas of Wine and covers: France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Germany, England and Wales (one page, p243 - France gets p46 to p145, Switzerland, Austria, Hungary, The Czech Republic and Slovakia, The Western Balkans, Croatia, Slovenia, Bulgaria, Romania, The Black Sea Region, Georgia, Greece, Turkey, The Eastern Mediterranean, North America (inc. Canada and Mexico) p280-319, South America, Australia p332-354,New Zealand, South Africa and Asia, China and Japan. As well as a useful chat about wine making and tasting as an introduction.

We are told about the soil, the famous wines of the region and other useful information. For instance 'the Santa Ynez River marks the end of intense ocean influence. Soils are a patchwork of sand, silt, and clay. Pinot Noir, with Chardonnay as support, is the principal grape variety here and can be almost Burgundian'.

I'm giving it four stars because it doesn't matter how good you are, it is hard to do justice to such a huge subject in one volume. But is a lovely book and I will be dipping into it happily for sometime to come.
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on 12 January 2017
Nice addition to the series, with more a focus on the newer/more obscure wine producing regions that are 'in vogue' at the moment.
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on 2 January 2014
An excellent and informative book which is very readable. The maps are beautiful and very helpful, and bring the text to life.
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on 25 May 2014
Beautifully designed and illustrated book and filled with all the information on wine one could possibly need and well written
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