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The New Sotheby's Wine Encyclopedia

4.42  ·  Rating details ·  266 ratings  ·  22 reviews
Fully updated and revised for the first time since 2011, this new 800-page edition of Sotheby's Wine Encyclopedia reflects the most recent trends in the dynamic world of wine, written by experts around the globe. Beautifully illustrated with more than 400 images and 100 brand-new National Geographic maps, this definitive guide is arranged geographically to highlight the re ...more
Hardcover, 800 pages
Published October 27th 2020 by National Geographic (first published 1987)
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The Book Club
Apr 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Ok, so I don’t even know where to start to tell you how interesting and perfectly illustrated this book is, but I’ll try and do my best.

The New Sotheby’s Wine Encyclopaedia is clearly about everything connected to wines, from which kind of soils are suited to favour the growth of the different varieties to the life cycle of the vines and the anatomy of the vineyards and so on.
The book is divided in 3 main parts: Taste & Quality, Wine Through the Ages and A World of Wine. All those main topics a
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Diane
Nov 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
If you have started thinking about holiday gifts and have someone on your list who is an oneophile- a connoisseur of wines- The New Sotheby's Wine Encyclopedia is the perfect gift.

This is the first new edition in ten years and it couldn't have come at a better time. With the pandemic keeping us close to home, many people have turned to cultivating an interest in wines. (I know that my husband and I have done so.)

The book does a very deep dive in to all things wine. From which types of soil are s
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Prometheus Worley
Jun 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Truly one of the best books I've had the pleasure to read and browse through consistently, over the past several months. With the ebb and flow of pandemic driven lockdowns being somewhat of a constant reality over the past year, this title, with its stunning full-color gorgeous presentation, provided just the right amount of "conversational kindling" for my wife and I over many evenings spent enjoying a fine glass of Sherry.

An elegant artistic creation in every sense of the word, The New Sotheby
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Victoria Colotta
Jan 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
My Highly Caffeinated Thought: This book is the perfect combination of beautiful photos, useful maps, and an amazing breadth of information about wine.

Let us just start simply with the fact that The SOTHEBYS WINE ENCYCLOPEDIA is a book packed with information. From the regions to the makers, to the years the wines were produced, anything you could want to know about wine is in this encyclopedia. Then you add to it the stunning photos and intricate maps to have a must-have for any wine enthusiast
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Kristina
Jun 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014, non-fiction
This is a very comprehensive reference on the various wines and wine regions of the world. I enjoy referring to this when I try new wines or when I'd like to explore new regions. It has great maps with the regions and good historical context. I'm very glad I purchased this. ...more
Julianne Will
Nov 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I haven't read the whole thing, but it was a necessary reference when I was studying for the Court of Master Sommeliers introductory exam, and I still love to pull it out today, read about a region and dream of romantic places far away. ...more
Tracey Gill
The standard for wine knowledge, but very difficult to read. Too much focus on Bordeaux.
Pete Johnson
Mar 01, 2021 rated it really liked it
Everything you’ve wanted to know about wine including wood and barrel makers. Definitely a reference or if you’re studying to be a sommelier
Marius
Jul 04, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Vos pradėjus skaityti - pradėjo erzinti, dėl to kartais, kai kurioms amerikiečių knygoms būdingo - oi, koks aš geriausias ir kaip aš čia dabar Jums visiems papasakosiu! Tai, kaip ir nėra blogas bruožas, tačiau lietuviams linkusiems į savikritiką jis vis dar sunkiai įsisavinamas. Tiesa vėliau, viskas dėliojasi tikros enciklopedijos pagrindu ir tik kur ne kur pramuša autoriaus asmeninis vertinimas (na bet turint tokią patirtį vyno pasaulyje ir rašyme apie vyną - gali sau tai leisti).
Informatyvi k
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Greg Brozeit
Mar 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: food
An incredibly rich, informative and readable guide on wine. It's also filled with fabulous geography lessons. I've read and reread bits and pieces of this since it was published and I think it is a great investment for anyone who wants to learn about wine. ...more
Jim
Nov 27, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
A Christmas treat to myself because I want to find out more about the vino. And, by the look of it, if it isn’t in this book, it’s not worth knowing. Massive and impressive, a book for a lifetime’s study.
Krista
Dec 31, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: food-and-cooking
Again, another textbook that should've been used in culinary school. This photo-illustrated (DK Publishing rocks!) encyclopedia on all things oenophile contains every AVA, DOC, DOCG, DO, VQA and everything in between. ...more
Joelle
Jan 08, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an impressive, dense tome that I use for reference. Now I am reading it like I mean it for a class. Ugh. It's a heavy one.

I learned a lot from this one. A little dry but not for a lack of information.
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Phil
Mar 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wine-and-spirits
Hard to say one has actually "read" thisbook. One browses through it. One of several "comprehensive' guides, but this one includes excellent maps, and drills down to specific appellation, with lots of detail on each one.

Outstanding reference. The 1997 edition is dated - go for the 2007.
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Richard
Sep 28, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reading latest revised edition. More typos this time than I remember (?) in Fourth Edition before revision. Maybe I didn't read as closely. Keeping errata list. ...more
Jordan
Aug 07, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The definitive wine education tool. Great maps, too.
Wendy Hollister
Aug 19, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
best wine book ever.
Greg
Jun 30, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: David Collins from Ohio
Essential. Mandatory. Indispensable.
Dave
May 24, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
I now know enough about French wine to not be intimidated by entire sections of wine list. Or snotty sommeliers.
Jerrod Stephan
Apr 05, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who enjoy wine
Shelves: wineandbeverage
Very comprehensive and a little complex, but deffinately covers everything.
Anu Apte
Aug 27, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: wine enthusiasts
Recommended to Anu by: My friend Keenan
Great reference book. I keep it on hand and refer to it often.
Byrd Alyssa
Aug 25, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: wine geeks, students of wine, lovers of wine
Shelves: vino
An essential book for every student of wine, easy to navigate and engagingly written by Stevenson.
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