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  • Posted February 22, 2010

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    EXCELLENT REFERENCE

    Have a FIRST edition of this book from years past. Ordered new edition to take advantage of up-to-date info. Am very pleased with material and will find it useful to continue enjoyment of my passion to appreciate fine wines of the world.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2002

    Outstanding book on wine

    This is one of the best books on the history of wine in the world. This book covers wine from its birth, and goes through to the modern day wine world. The nice thing about this book is that it is not a book that talks about all the different producers around the world and their vintages, but rather the regions around the world, and their history etc. I recommend this book, and 'Exploring Wine' for the person that wants to learn about wines role in the world throughout history. All this and fantastic illustrations and maps as well!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2001

    Almost as Good as Drinking the Stuff

    Plenty of people enjoy wine solely for its taste--and they're entitled to. But they're missing an awful lot. Wine isn't merely a drink but a whole world of people, places, history and culture, and those are things most wine drinkers remember far longer than taste. For them, this new edition--the fifth--of Hugh Johnson's wine atlas (first published in the 1970s) will be a treasure. It now has a co-author in Jancis Robinson, who is Britain's high priestess of wine. Maybe that description is a little intimidating; what I mean is that she knows a tremendous amount about wine, and what I want most of all to convey is that she shares her knowledge and enjoys sharing it. She'd rather inform than impress; she wants you to have as good a time as she does. And she and Johnson have given you, in this book, a passport for that purpose. This book gives you noting less than the whole world of wine on the printed page. There are maps, of course, maps beyond counting of the fabled wine regions of France and of the stunning wine regions of Italy, surely the most beautiful of wine countries as well as the source of many of the greatest bargains. Wine's New World is well represented too: the U.S., which is no surprise (and Canada, which to many people is) as well as Chile and Argentina, Australia and New Zealand, and South Africa. Hungary, Bulgaria, Croatia, Romania and the former Soviet Republics are covered--they're making comebacks after years of awful 'socialist wine-making' under Communism. Even Japan and England are represented (you thought they only made sake and beer, perhaps?). And the list goes on. There's a wealth of background information, too, on everything from vines to the mystique of what the French call 'terroir,' storing and serving, matching wine with food, the many grapes that make so many wines (in Italy, for example, the Sangiovese grapes is the core of half a dozen winess in Tuscany alone), and of course how wine is actually made. And all of it is readable and enjoyable, making this a complete wine course at a bargain price. Put a log on the fire, grab a glass, pull a cork and settle down with this book. Choose an especially comfortable chair--odds are it'll be a long time before you're ready to get up. --Bill Marsano (The reviewer has won a James Beard medal for wine and spirits writing.)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 14, 2001

    Major Improvements to an Outstanding Wine Reference Guide!

    Putting the brilliant wine writers Hugh Johnson and Jancis Robinson together to update the 4th edition of Hugh Johnson¿s classic work was an inspired choice. Each is superb on her or his own. Together, they are stunning in this, their first collaboration! Whether you want to give a wonderful gift or simply to have a great wine reference, this book is an outstanding choice. The World Atlas of Wine will deepen your pleasure in wines you enjoy, and guide you to wonderful visits to outstanding vineyards and wineries during your travels. Hopefully, your tasting experiences will benefit as a result! If you do not know the predecessor works, let me describe the book¿s layout. It begins with brief sections on the history of wine; basic facts about the influence of soil, temperature, varietals, wines, wine-making, storage, serving, and tasting; and has helpful information about how to read labels and interpret technical terms. The heart of the book comes in individual essays about wine-growing regions around the world. These are very complete. France has 58 sections, Italy has 18, Germany shares 14, the United States is covered by 12, Spain is represented by 8, Australia has 7, Portugal has 6. Many other countries are covered as well, including parts of the former Soviet Union, the Balkans, North Africa, South America, and smaller countries in Europe. Each individual wine-growing region is organized around an updated map. For this 5th edition, 148 maps were redrawn from the 4th, and 30 new maps were added. These maps show where the major wineries are, different vineyards, qualities of grapes, altitudes, major roads, and locations is cities within the area. In some cases, these maps are also supplemented by detailed examples of soil differences and temperature gradients. Each region has at least one beautiful color photograph to give you a sense of the geography. Within the accompanying essay is a detailed discussion of how the locale affects the taste and qualities of the wines that are produced there. Anyone will find themselves learning a lot from this atlas. Even if you were familiar with a region ten years ago, chances are that it has changed. The atlas will bring you up-to-date. In addition, you can learn about new regions and wineries whose wines may interest you. A nice feature of the book is a bound ribbon for marking your place. Considering the remarkable quality of the contents and reproduction of the maps and images, this book is extremely fairly priced. The predecessor four editions have sold 3.5 million copies over the last 30 years. I think we can safely assume that this volume will sell in the millions as well. If you already own the 4th edition, you would be well advised to buy this one also. Where else can understanding local conditions help you appreciate more about what is going on? How can you gain that experience and knowledge? Let curiosity pull you forth from old habits . . . into better ones! Donald Mitchell, co-author of The 2,000 Percent Solution and The Irresistible Growth Enterprise

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