Saturday, August 4, 2018
The World Atlas of Wine, 7th Edition Hardcover by Hugh Johnson and Jancis Robinson (Mitchell Beazley / Octopus Publishing Group)
Hugh Johnson and Jancis Robinson have done wonders with the Seventh Edition of The World Atlas of Wine. In quoting my son who received the book as a birthday gift, "it is a coffee table book you can actually learn from." The graphics are exceptional with the maps clearly supporting the accompanying text. Its educational value is the publication's principal asset. For my purposes, I read about areas (re: France) I don't know well. But even the most experienced oenophile will gain knowledge from the Atlas. Take the California section. It breaks down the Carneros District to show how it also is part of the Russian River Valley in Sonoma County and not exclusive to Napa Valley. Another principal value for the Wine Atlas to me is when I read about wines in other publications, I can get validation, added information or, in some cases, corrective data. As a wine devotee, this is an outstanding resource.
The seventh edition will confirm the status of The World Atlas of Wine as the most essential and authoritative wine reference work. Reflecting the changing nature of the wine scene, the Atlas details developments in climate, technique and fashion as well as new regulations made over the last six years. A new Australian map highlights the importance of cool-climate regions as global warming takes effect, for example,while dynamic regions such as coastal Croatia, South Africa's Swartland and Ningxia in China are covered for the first time. The world's increasing appetite for wine is matched by a growing thirst for knowledge,which this book will amply satisfy.