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Fully updated and revised for the first time since 2011, this new 800-page edition of Sotheby's Wine Encyclopedia reflects the most recent trends in the dynamic world of wine, written by experts around the globe. Beautifully illustrated with more than 400 images and 100 brand-new National Geographic maps, this definitive guide is arranged geographically to highlight the re Fully updated and revised for the first time since 2011, this new 800-page edition of Sotheby's Wine Encyclopedia reflects the most recent trends in the dynamic world of wine, written by experts around the globe. Beautifully illustrated with more than 400 images and 100 brand-new National Geographic maps, this definitive guide is arranged geographically to highlight the regions and climates that produce the best vintages. From the countries of Southeast Europe to the Eastern Mediterranean, each page is packed with information on flavor notes, vineyard profiles, tasting room guides, grape know-how, and special information on unique varietals. The book also features top wines organized by maker and year; a troubleshooter's guide to potential wine faults; a taste chart to help identify flavors; up-and-coming producers; unusual wines, food pairings, and more. You'll find time lines depicting the chronology of wine from 500 million B.C., expert sommelier tips, and thousands of recommendations for the latest and greatest reds, whites, and rosÈs. The most up-to-date and comprehensive wine reference in the world, this stunning book is an oenophile's dream--and a must-have for anyone looking to become an expert in wine.


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Fully updated and revised for the first time since 2011, this new 800-page edition of Sotheby's Wine Encyclopedia reflects the most recent trends in the dynamic world of wine, written by experts around the globe. Beautifully illustrated with more than 400 images and 100 brand-new National Geographic maps, this definitive guide is arranged geographically to highlight the re Fully updated and revised for the first time since 2011, this new 800-page edition of Sotheby's Wine Encyclopedia reflects the most recent trends in the dynamic world of wine, written by experts around the globe. Beautifully illustrated with more than 400 images and 100 brand-new National Geographic maps, this definitive guide is arranged geographically to highlight the regions and climates that produce the best vintages. From the countries of Southeast Europe to the Eastern Mediterranean, each page is packed with information on flavor notes, vineyard profiles, tasting room guides, grape know-how, and special information on unique varietals. The book also features top wines organized by maker and year; a troubleshooter's guide to potential wine faults; a taste chart to help identify flavors; up-and-coming producers; unusual wines, food pairings, and more. You'll find time lines depicting the chronology of wine from 500 million B.C., expert sommelier tips, and thousands of recommendations for the latest and greatest reds, whites, and rosÈs. The most up-to-date and comprehensive wine reference in the world, this stunning book is an oenophile's dream--and a must-have for anyone looking to become an expert in wine.

30 review for The New Sotheby's Wine Encyclopedia

  1. 5 out of 5

    Diane

    If you have started thinking about holiday gifts and have someone on your list who is an oneophile- a connoisseur of wines- The New Sotheby's Wine Encyclopedia is the perfect gift. This is the first new edition in ten years and it couldn't have come at a better time. With the pandemic keeping us close to home, many people have turned to cultivating an interest in wines. (I know that my husband and I have done so.) The book does a very deep dive in to all things wine. From which types of soil are s If you have started thinking about holiday gifts and have someone on your list who is an oneophile- a connoisseur of wines- The New Sotheby's Wine Encyclopedia is the perfect gift. This is the first new edition in ten years and it couldn't have come at a better time. With the pandemic keeping us close to home, many people have turned to cultivating an interest in wines. (I know that my husband and I have done so.) The book does a very deep dive in to all things wine. From which types of soil are suited to the different varieties of wine to the life cycle of the vine to an anatomy of wineries and vineyards, you will find everything you ever wanted to know about wines. The book is divided into three parts- Taste and Quality, Wine Through the Ages, and A World of Wine. There are fantastic photos and detailed illustrations (how white wine is made, for example), a guide to the various tastes and aromas you should look for when tasting wines, and classic food and wine pairings. Some of the more interesting things that I found included a discussion of orange wine, something new that I was not familiar with (and am not sure I want to be). The photo of a porrón, a traditional wine decanter/drinking vessel found in Catalunya, Spain, made me smile as our daughter-in-law's parents gifted us one and we have yet to master it. Our porrón A large portion of the book is A World of Wine, which goes around the globe from the traditional places like France and Italy to the lesser known ones like Mexico, Australia and China. Each country's different wine regions are discussed, and a list of the great wine producers is included. This comprehensive and beautiful coffee table book would be a wonderful addition to any oneophile's collection, and at nearly 800 pages, it will give them pleasure for years to come. I highly recommend it.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Victoria Colotta

    My Highly Caffeinated Thought: This book is the perfect combination of beautiful photos, useful maps, and an amazing breadth of information about wine. Let us just start simply with the fact that The SOTHEBYS WINE ENCYCLOPEDIA is a book packed with information. From the regions to the makers, to the years the wines were produced, anything you could want to know about wine is in this encyclopedia. Then you add to it the stunning photos and intricate maps to have a must-have for any wine enthusiast My Highly Caffeinated Thought: This book is the perfect combination of beautiful photos, useful maps, and an amazing breadth of information about wine. Let us just start simply with the fact that The SOTHEBYS WINE ENCYCLOPEDIA is a book packed with information. From the regions to the makers, to the years the wines were produced, anything you could want to know about wine is in this encyclopedia. Then you add to it the stunning photos and intricate maps to have a must-have for any wine enthusiast. Now, I have been drinking wine for most of my adult life, but I would never classify myself as an expert. This is why a book like this is so perfect. You don't have to be a sommelier or an authority on the bouquet of this wine or that to enjoy this book. I am sure that it could be a valuable resource to someone who is in the industry, but you can just open it to any page and learn about the history or find tips for choosing a wine. All in all this a perfect coffee table book for those who are in the know, who want to learn how to be an oenophile, or who just like big books about wine. I know I do! Reviewer Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from TLC Book Tours and the publisher for an honest review.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kristina

    This is a very comprehensive reference on the various wines and wine regions of the world. I enjoy referring to this when I try new wines or when I'd like to explore new regions. It has great maps with the regions and good historical context. I'm very glad I purchased this. This is a very comprehensive reference on the various wines and wine regions of the world. I enjoy referring to this when I try new wines or when I'd like to explore new regions. It has great maps with the regions and good historical context. I'm very glad I purchased this.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Julianne Will

    I haven't read the whole thing, but it was a necessary reference when I was studying for the Court of Master Sommeliers introductory exam, and I still love to pull it out today, read about a region and dream of romantic places far away. I haven't read the whole thing, but it was a necessary reference when I was studying for the Court of Master Sommeliers introductory exam, and I still love to pull it out today, read about a region and dream of romantic places far away.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Tracey Gill

    The standard for wine knowledge, but very difficult to read. Too much focus on Bordeaux.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Greg Brozeit

    An incredibly rich, informative and readable guide on wine. It's also filled with fabulous geography lessons. I've read and reread bits and pieces of this since it was published and I think it is a great investment for anyone who wants to learn about wine. An incredibly rich, informative and readable guide on wine. It's also filled with fabulous geography lessons. I've read and reread bits and pieces of this since it was published and I think it is a great investment for anyone who wants to learn about wine.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jim

    A Christmas treat to myself because I want to find out more about the vino. And, by the look of it, if it isn’t in this book, it’s not worth knowing. Massive and impressive, a book for a lifetime’s study.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Joelle

    This is an impressive, dense tome that I use for reference. Now I am reading it like I mean it for a class. Ugh. It's a heavy one. I learned a lot from this one. A little dry but not for a lack of information. This is an impressive, dense tome that I use for reference. Now I am reading it like I mean it for a class. Ugh. It's a heavy one. I learned a lot from this one. A little dry but not for a lack of information.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Phil

    Hard to say one has actually "read" thisbook. One browses through it. One of several "comprehensive' guides, but this one includes excellent maps, and drills down to specific appellation, with lots of detail on each one. Outstanding reference. The 1997 edition is dated - go for the 2007. Hard to say one has actually "read" thisbook. One browses through it. One of several "comprehensive' guides, but this one includes excellent maps, and drills down to specific appellation, with lots of detail on each one. Outstanding reference. The 1997 edition is dated - go for the 2007.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Richard

    Reading latest revised edition. More typos this time than I remember (?) in Fourth Edition before revision. Maybe I didn't read as closely. Keeping errata list. Reading latest revised edition. More typos this time than I remember (?) in Fourth Edition before revision. Maybe I didn't read as closely. Keeping errata list.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jordan

    The definitive wine education tool. Great maps, too.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Wendy Hollister

    best wine book ever.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jerrod Stephan

    Very comprehensive and a little complex, but deffinately covers everything.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Byrd Alyssa

    An essential book for every student of wine, easy to navigate and engagingly written by Stevenson.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Greta

  16. 4 out of 5

    Michael Koeris

  17. 5 out of 5

    Bethanie Butcher

  18. 5 out of 5

    greg connor

  19. 5 out of 5

    Wendi

  20. 5 out of 5

    Willard Tan

  21. 4 out of 5

    Craig

  22. 4 out of 5

    Winston

  23. 5 out of 5

    Riki

  24. 4 out of 5

    Brent

  25. 4 out of 5

    Gabriel Ruzin

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Pease

  27. 4 out of 5

    John McGee

  28. 5 out of 5

    Warren Shanks

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

  30. 5 out of 5

    George

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