Of course, one could scour the Internet for various maps and diagrams, but I felt that having the actual, physical book in my hands to flip, sift and pore through was much more helpful.
The Atlas goes into copious details that your mind and hands can absorb in real time – far more effective than a computer screen where the distractions of social media and online shopping constantly beckon.
Even if you are not a student undergoing intensive study, the Atlas is simply a beautiful book to hold and behold; the most casual wine enthusiast will derive much pleasure from following the lines and borders of the maps with their fingers.
The first few pages also share a little bit of the history, biology, climatology, geology of wine, as well as the actual science of how this grape juice is transmuted into something more than mere alcohol – not so much as to be boring to the reader.
This 7th Edition is the latest in 42 years, which translates to one every six years; this represents a fairly rapid pace of change in the world of wine:
- China, for example, would not have even been mentioned in previous editions.
- New science (e.g. climate change) has taken on greater significance.
What else might we encounter in the future?
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