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The Concise World Atlas of Wine


by Hugh Johnson

The new ‘Concise World Atlas of Wine’ by Hugh Johnson and Jancis Robinson is the ideal reference source for the wine lover on the go. Written by the world's most authoritative wine duo, this smaller paperback version is culled from the recent sixth edition of their classic reference. The World Atlas of Wine. Straightforward, unpretentious, and easy to carry, it provides all the most pertinent information at the core of the Atlas - all 200 maps, details on grape varieties, and up-to-date information on the various growing regions.

Since its initial publication in 1971, The World Atlas of Wine has remained an unparalleled achievement in wine literature. A comprehensive guide to the wine regions of the world, it illustrates with great clarity the integral role of geography in giving each wine its particular characteristics. The introduction to each region explains what makes it special and how the area's elements - latitude, altitude, median temperature, rainfall, and principal grape varieties - impact the wine. As the title suggests, the maps are pivotal; and in addition to showing elevations, subdivisions, and appellations, they document notable producers and vineyards.

The information in Concise—extracted from the meticulously researched 2008 Atlas— illuminates the vast changes to the wine landscape over the last decade; variations in European viticulture, the emergence of South America, the enormous expansion in South Africa and Australia, the vast transformations in Spain and Portugal, California's might, Italy's vitality, the surfacing of Eastern Europe as a player, the new profile of German and Austrian wines, and consideration of China. In addition, more vineyards have been added to the maps than in previous editions because of the increased proportion of single vineyard wines from a new generation of wine makers. The "Gazetteer" at the back references vineyards, chateaux, domains, and other information appearing on the maps.

Short of little other than the photographs, wine labels, and certain narrative text of its sister volume. The Concise World Atlas of Wine has all the relevant information a wine lover could hope for in one neat, comprehensible, cheerful, backpack-friendly package. It's a great companion piece to the Atlas and an indispensable, must-have guide, field or armchair, for wine lovers of every varietal.


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