Oz Clarke's Wine Atlas: Wines and Wine Regions of the World

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Oz Clarke's Wine Atlas is unique in its approach to the world of wine. It captures the beauty of the world's great vineyard areas in more than 70 spectacular, handpainted panoramic maps.

Fundamental to the understanding of wine ia a sense of place. Knowing which country, which region, which hillside and even which vineyard a wine comes from adds enormously to the pleasure of drinking it. Through its unique cartography and Oz Clarke's lively prose, this revolutionary atlas ...

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Overview

Oz Clarke's Wine Atlas is unique in its approach to the world of wine. It captures the beauty of the world's great vineyard areas in more than 70 spectacular, handpainted panoramic maps.

Fundamental to the understanding of wine ia a sense of place. Knowing which country, which region, which hillside and even which vineyard a wine comes from adds enormously to the pleasure of drinking it. Through its unique cartography and Oz Clarke's lively prose, this revolutionary atlas illustrates and explains the vital connection between the land, the winemaker and his wine and shows how different landscapes, as well as the skills of the winemaker, contribute to the extraordinary range of flavors found in wine.

Through his bestselling guides and witty, opinionated pronouncements, Oz Clarke has become one of the wine world's most trusted--and popular--authorities. Now, with this magnificent atlas, he gives us a book that sets a whole new standard for wine reference. At the heart of the altas are 70 large-scale maps, 205 other maps, and 150 color photos.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
The unique feature of this well-written atlas by the wine correspondent for London's Daily Telegraph is the addition of panoramic maps: "detailed artists' renderings of the world's great vineyard areas," as Clarke himself explains. From an aerial perspective, regions worldwide are sketched in topographically to provide a sense of the light and shadow so essential to grape production. In the first 23 pages, Clarke demonstrates that winemaking-a product of human engineering-has evolved over the centuries far beyond the limitations of environment and that the major players continue to shift with technological advances. He discusses the agricultural conditions and production techniques of the various wine-producing locales (France, Italy, Germany, Portugal, the United States, and Australia, as well as less-known regions as Chile and Austria) while still including witty tips on their finest bottles. A drinking geographer's dream; highly recommended.-Wendy Miller, Lexington P.L., Ky.
Alice Joyce
Clarke's comprehensive atlas covers the world of wines, including celebrated European wine-making regions, picturesque Chilean vineyards, and little-known areas of Asia where grapes with astounding designations such as "cow's nipple" and "cock's heart" may be found. An introductory section surveys the intricacies of wine production, with the bulk of the book then devoted to maps delineating those areas with great concentrations of vineyards. Clarke's accompanying commentary is filled with facts and figures but remains consistently lively, infused with fervent, highly personal observations and vivid descriptions of soil conditions, geographic terrain, and characteristics distinguishing the various wines. Color illustrations will accompany nearly 300 maps in this informative resource.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780830048519
  • Publisher: Little, Brown & Company
  • Publication date: 10/28/1995
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320

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