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The world atlas of wine
Johnson, Hugh, 1939-
Personal Author:
Fifth edition.
Publication Information:
London : Mitchell Beazley, 2001.
Physical Description:
352 pages : illustrations, facsimiles, maps ; 30 cm
General Note:
Previous ed.: 1997.
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TP548 .J66 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize

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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 expansive revision ever of the work. In keeping with the Atlas's reputation for cartographic excellence, all 148 maps from the fourth edition have been completely revised and modernised, with an additional 30 new maps. Hailed by Decanter as Wine Book of the Millennium, The World Atlas of Wine has been described by critics worldwide as 'extraordinary' and 'irreplaceable'. In this, its fifth edition in 30 years, it remains an essential addition to every wine-lovers or professional's library.

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Booklist Review

The turn of the year means another vintage of wine has been laid down in the world's cellars, and people await the verdict on the latest crop. Now, more than ever, connoisseurs look for the particular qualities imparted to wines by the soils where the grapes matured. Hugh Johnson's The World Atlas of Wine has been the recognized authority in the geographic study of wine for more than 30 years. Now Jancis Robinson has joined forces with Johnson for the book's fifth edition. Recent years have seen the growth of first California and lately Australian, Chilean, and South African entries into world markets. High-quality, detailed topographic maps form the atlas' backbone, and increasing use of color has only increased their effectiveness. Western Europe remains the book's focus, but it still has worldwide coverage. Food and wine collections can scarcely afford to miss this new volume.

Library Journal Review

Johnson and Robinson's newest edition of what has become a classic in oenology is listed as "Completely Revised and Updated." And it would have to be in order to keep up with the explosion in the popularity of wine and winemaking and the changes that have taken place in the science of wine production since the 2001 edition of this book. Beautifully illustrated and colorfully formatted, the volume is chock-full of information about wine production that is not easily found in most libraries. The introductory section includes 20 articles, most consisting of a two-page spread, on such topics as wine production and consumption; wine in ancient and medieval times; and winemaking, bottling, storing, serving, and tasting. The bulk of the volume covers geographical areas, with detailed maps showing wine-producing areas and some named vineyards. Labels of the authors' choices for the best wines of the area are included. The photographs that accompany each article give the reader a sense of the character of the region, complementing the descriptions of the geography, the climate, the wines, and the region's place in the worldwide market. BOTTOM LINE Well worth the price, this reference book is highly recommended for all public libraries, academic libraries supporting the culinary arts, anthropology, or popular culture programs, and all individuals who love wine.-Rosanne M. Cordell, Schurz Lib., Indiana Univ. South Bend (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.