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The World Atlas of Wine

4.39 of 5 stars 4.39  ·  rating details  ·  490 ratings  ·  29 reviews
There are few books that have had such a monumental impact in their field as The World Atlas of Wine; sales of the first four editions exceed 3.5 million copies. Now, world-renowned authors Hugh Johnson and Jancis Robinson have teamed up to combine their unrivalled talents. Together they have created the fifth edition of this masterpiece, making it the most thorough and ex ...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published July 28th 2006 by Mitchell Beazley (first published 1971)
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Evan Hansen
Arguably the most indispensible wine book published in recent years. Wine has always been a product of a place: There are good reasons that Michigan is known for cherries and Maryland is known for crabs, good reasons that New England is known for shellfish and Florida is known for citrus. These are places that naturally are able to grow the very best of these things, and there are entire cuisines and cultures and events built around them.

So it is with wine. Particular grapes grow better in parti
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Babette
I saw a reference to The World Atlas of Wine recently (my memory fails me again) and thought I would investigate. It seems a most comprehensive and relatively up-to-date volume. It certainly can give me infomation that will increase my enjoyment of the frequent tastings at my favorite wine store.
As I read it, I realized that one of the aspects of places I visit that is important to me is what people eat and drink. Wine is important in almost every part of the world, and people make trips specifi
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Adrian
This book offers a good introduction to the world of wine. It charts all the major wine regions of the world and offers a nonprofessional’s account of the way that soil, climate and grapes interact to produce the sweet nectar of the gods that we all know and love. The areas covered range from France to China. The author goes into incredible detail for the most important wine regions such as Bordeaux and the Mosel, showing maps of individual villages. The most helpful aspect of the atlas is the i ...more
Matthew
For anyone who has an interest in wine and is looking to deepen their knowledge, I highly recomend this book. The book contains wonderful maps of all the worlds wine regions, recommends the quintesential wineries in each region, and does a good job explaining the physical and cultural aspects of each area which contribute the uniqueness of that areas wines. I never travel without first consulting this atlas!
Flávio Sousa
Jancis Robinson's The World Atlas of Wine remains unsurpassed as the encyclopedia for oenophiles. It includes everything you'd need to know on the top-league wine regions while boasting stunning, pioneering cartography as applied to wine. The wealth of information and the manner in which it is delivered ensures its place as a perennial classic.
H L
A spectacular, beautiful work - equally compelling for wine lovers, for cartographers and map freaks, and really, for anyone who simply loves a well-executed reference work. Just a magnificent achievement that deserves a place in most everyone's library. I love this book almost as much as I love its subject.
Gazoe Hodei
Mar 22, 2015 Gazoe Hodei marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
My major!
Andrew
Provides a good understanding of the history of wine, its marketing biases based on the French term terroir. It does not provide too much in terms of practicalities of the process of wine production.
Tgaylord
This is a great reference work. The 4 stars reflects the fact that while I like the style of many of the maps, some leave a little to be desired as far as readibility is concerned.
Byrd Alyssa
Aug 25, 2007 Byrd Alyssa rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Wine geeks
This is one of those books I find myself pulling out every time I find a new varietal or region I like and need to know more about. A good one to have onhand if you are a wine geek
Gabriele
I have 3 editions of this atlas, incl the 1971 first edition. It has been reviewed 5 times and is the most comprehensive summary on wines around the world. Love it!
pjr8888
Mar 03, 2013 pjr8888 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Andreas W. Acker
Shelves: anthropology, history
OMG!!! i will never assimilate all this wine information, even if i drink every bottle of wine recommended. But i am willing to give it a try!!!
Kirsten Karlen
Diving thru this book right now - just an obscene amount of information about wines, wine tasting, etc. Good reference book.
Stuart
I have the first edition of this book. It was quite useful in laying the foundation for my understanding of wine.
Katy Hayes
Mar 14, 2007 Katy Hayes rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: all
amazing to read as well as a beautiful coffee table book for the wine enthusiast. A beautiful and useful gift!
Shane Perry
Fantastic maps and photographs along with detailed explanation of the geographic variations in wine.
R
Great work and reference for wine. Anyone who is interested in wine should have a copy.
Alexandra
Nov 29, 2007 Alexandra rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Any serious wine lover
Shelves: wine
Hugh Johnson AND Jancis Robinson are the "names" on this edition. Indispensable!
Tor-Henrik
Moro med barcode scanning. Fyker over bøker som ligger i umiddelbar nærhet.
Giuseppe
Il mio regalo di San Giuseppe. Non posso che essere contento.
Permies.world
very informative...useful reference tool
Timmermans
wonderfull and very good winebook
Charles
Great intermediate wine reference.
R
See review in 6th Edition
April
Wine, wine, wine :-)
Keith
Excellent wine resource.
Marty
May 14, 2008 Marty rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: wine enthusiasts
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Hugh Johnson, younger son of a London lawyer, began his life-long passion for wine in all its variety as a member of the Wine & Food Society at Cambridge University, where he gained an Honours Degree in English literature. When he left King's College in 1961 he became a feature writer for Vogue and House & Garden, writing, among other articles, travel and wine columns for both magazines an ...more
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