But, going through the ‘big’ book is still entertaining and educational. I have the 4th Edition, (2005) and the most recent is only 2011. There will be the newly approved appellations and such. The world of wine moves ever forward, and many appellation systems throughout the world are in flux. New sections on cooperages, glassware, and an expanded variety section are good additions.
Lots of images, plenty of maps and details details details. easy to use format is the same; divided by country and then by region.
Its one of those lovely books that you can pick up 100 times, land on 100 different pages, and have each one bring new possible adventures to mind. History. Culture.Terroir. All in one place.
Sotheby’s Wine Encyclopedia Hardcover – Unabridged, October 31, 2011
• ISBN-13 : 978-0756686840