The Concise World Atlas of Wine
Hugh Johnson and Jancis Robinson
A must-have reference for any wine enthusiast, the sixth edition of The Concise World Atlas of Wine is as in-depth as it is a cartographic experience. The book is loaded with detailed information on the world’s most important wine-growing regions with 200 geographical appellations marking sub-regions, villages, vineyards, and notable producers to a tee. Wine authors Hugh Johnson and Jancis Robinson bring their considerable expertise to this comprehensive guide, helping even professionals to increase their knowledge of vino and viticulture.
The book starts with the traditional power players of the wine industry (France and Italy), and works its way to the newest and up-and-coming producers, particularly in Australia and Asia. An encyclopedia, atlas and textbook all rolled into one, the 352-page book includes careful delineations of wine-growing districts and explains how terrain, climate, and soil types produce different mutations in wine. The authors are careful to note important dates in winemaking history as well as facts about respected growers. The guide also discusses the movement, evolution, and transformation of wine, and is good for anyone interested in tracing the historical and geographical context of a favorite varietal or blend. An impressive piece of work, this book is both an expansive and illuminating read.
Reviewed by Camille Bulaclac
(Updated: 09/23/09 SV)