The World Encyclopedia of Wine by Stuart Walton
A comprehensive & authoritative guide that will provide readers with the confidence to explore wine in depth for themselves. Country by country, & region by region, this encyclopedia journeys around the world to drop in on familiar & lesser known producers. It studies the worlds 12 major grape varieties, describing their aromas & flavors, & explaining why & how their character varies in different soils, in different climates &, not least, in different winemaking methods. Wines are placed in their historical context & the processes of making wine are clearly explained. Also, vintage & producer recommendations, vivid color photos & carefully illustrated maps.