|World Atlas of Wine|
Mitchell Beazley 2007-04-01
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When I purchase my books, I always make sure the purpose of the book as I told you before. Now, after studying the basis of wine with introductory textbooks for a month, I focused the next educational steps to develop my knowledge more comprehensively. Thus, I needed some books which help me to organize my fragmentary knowledge of world wine.
This book begins with essays on wine in the ancient world, vine types, grape varieties, weather, terroir, the wine growers calendar, how wine is made, etc. Then, the author dive into famous regions in each country and explains the regional unique characteristics, vital statistics, and a few wine labels which helps us to find representative wines all over the world. But most pages are devoted to the famous country like France, Italy, Spain, and Germany. Especially, a quarter of the volume (100 pages) is on France. On the contrary, the rest of world has only 1 or 2 pages, and you may feel unsatisfied with the minimal knowledge. This reflects the amount of wine production and is not to be criticized though.
Anyway, this book is really helpful to visually understand regional features because of a lot of gorgeous and vivid-colored pictures on all pages. I’ve never seen other books which contains as much detailed pictures as this book. Wine is so sensitive liquor that the taste is affected by many external factors. Needless to say, geographical condition plays a big role. Those detailed pictures and diagrams surely help you to understand the difference of each region.
Just one thing you should keep in your mind is that this book is pretty detailed enough as an atlas. Thus, if all you care about is a certain type of wine or region, there are better and more comprehensive books available to you. But, if you want to learn about the WORLD of wine, there is no better place to start than The World Atlas of Wine.