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World Atlas of Wine

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by Hugh Johnson, Jancis Robinson

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Hailed by Decanter as the "Wine Book of the Millennium," and described by critics worldwide as "extraordinary" and "irreplaceable," there are few volumes that have had as monumental impact in their field as Hugh Johnson's The World Atlas of Wine: sales have exceeded four million copies, and it is now published in thirteen languages.

For this fifth


Hailed by Decanter as the "Wine Book of the Millennium," and described by critics worldwide as "extraordinary" and "irreplaceable," there are few volumes that have had as monumental impact in their field as Hugh Johnson's The World Atlas of Wine: sales have exceeded four million copies, and it is now published in thirteen languages.

For this fifth edition, world-renowned authors Johnson and Jancis Robinson have combined their unrivalled talents. Together, they gave this masterpiece its most thorough and expansive revision ever, gathering the best maps and prose from the frontline of the expanding wine world. In keeping with the Atlas's reputation for cartographic excellence, all 148 maps from the fourth edition have been completely revised and modernized, and thirty new ones have been created to cover the world's most dynamic regions, including the southern Rhône, Languedoc-Roussillon, southern Italy, northern Spain, central Portugal, South America, Canada, and Hawke's Bay in New Zealand.

A truly incomparable book, and an essential addition to every wine lover's or professional's library.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Praise for the Fifth Editionof The World Atlas of Wine:
“This is the best collaboration of two Brits since Lennon and McCartney.” — Ben Gilberti, Washington Post
Library Journal

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

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TIME Magazine
"The World Atlas of Wine has always had extraordinary scope and the seventh edition is no different...Beautifully done."
The New York Times
"The World Atlas of Wine is the single most important reference book on the shelf of any wine student."
"If I owned only one wine book, it would be this one. And this edition, please."
Washington Post
"The essential rootstock of any true wine lover's library. A multi-layered snapshot of wine and how it has evolved."
LA Times
"Every wine lover's bible...pouring decades of wine knowledge into succinct paragraphs that place each country and region in context."
Fermentation: The Daily Wine Blog
"It is a testament to Johnson and Robinson's heroic efforts to create a true reference volume that they have survey the world and attempted to include the major changes that have come to the different regions of the world over the past few years."
Salt Lake City Weekly
"Simply put, there is no better wine reference book on the planet than the new, seventh edition of The World Atlas of Wine by Hugh Johnson and Jancis Robinson. It's an absolute must for wine enthusiasts: an essential, authoritative and beautifully produced wine companion."
Oregon Magazine
"The most authoritative wine reference book available ... with words and graphics that set a new publishing standard on the subject."
"It's difficult to review 'The World Atlas of Wine' without gushing ... the 7th edition raises the bar again, primarily by maintaining its already high standard and expanding its maps and coverage of growing wine regions in China, Australia and North America."
Tom Wark - Fermentation: the Daily Wine Blog
"It is a testament to Johnson and Robinson's heroic efforts to create a true reference volume that they have survey the world and attempted to include the major changes that have come to the different regions of the world over the past few years."

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Meet the Author

Jancis Robinson's award-winning books Vines, Grapes and Wine (1986) and the hugely successful Oxford Companion to Wine (1994, 1999, 2006), are landmarks in wine literature. Jancis is the Financial Times' wine correspondent and is critically acclaimed as the "woman who makes the wine world gulp when she speaks" (USA Today) and "our favorite wine writer" (Playboy). Jancis was the first person outside the wine trade to qualify as a Master of Wine, in 1984. She was awarded an OBE in 2003 and the Officier de l'Ordre du Mérite Agricole in 2010 by the French Minister of Agriculture.

Hugh Johnson has led the world of wine writing in many new directions over the 40 years since his first book, Wine, was published. The World Atlas of Wine, his Wine Companion (now in its sixth edition), the annual Pocket Wine Book (since 1977), The Story ofWine, and his memoir, A Life Uncorked, have all been best-sellers. Indeed, his Pocket Wine is the world's best-selling annual wine book. His unique approach, serious and informed, yet entertaining and unpretentious, has earned him the admiration of wine lovers all over the world. In 2007, Hugh was awarded an OBE for services to winemaking.

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World Atlas of Wine 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
c-wcollector More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.)
Guest More than 1 year ago
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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