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The New Sotheby's Wine Encyclopedia, 6th Edition

Published by National Geographic
Distributed by Simon & Schuster

This essential reference for oenophiles -- long used as the go-to text for the prestigious Master Sommelier examination -- is the most comprehensive guide to the world of wine, featuring authoritative information on the history, culture, geography, and taste of vintages around the globe.

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 also 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 roses.

The most up-to-date and comprehensive wine refence in the world, this stunning book is an oenophile's dream -- and a must-have for anyone looking to become an expert in wine.

Tom Stevenson has been writing about wine for more than 40 years. He has won 33 literary awards, including Wine Writer of the Year three times, the Wine Literary Award, and America’s only lifetime achievement award for wine writers. In 1998, he was the first person to publish a 17th century document proving that the English invented sparkling Champagne six years before Dom Pérignon set foot in Hautvillers. This ensured his Christie’s World Encyclopedia of Champagne & Sparkling Wine also made history as the only wine book to warrant a leader a British national newspaper. In 2011 he was inducted into the New York Wine Media Guild’s Hall of Fame. He has written 28 books, which have been translated into more than 25 languages. Additionally, he was a founder and contributing editor of Wine Report. His Sotheby’s Wine Encyclopedia has sold more than 700,000 copies worldwide. He lives in the United Kingdom.

  • Publisher: National Geographic (November 12, 2020)
  • Length: 800 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781426221415