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The Oxford Companion To Wine (Oxford Companions)

Published in 1994 to worldwide acclaim, the first edition of Jancis Robinson's seminal volume immediately attained legendary status, winning every major wine book award including the Glenfiddich and Julia Child/IACP awards, as well as writer and woman of the year accolades for its editor on both sides of the Atlantic. Combining meticulously-researched fact with refreshing opinion and wit, The Oxford Companion to Wine presents almost 4,000 entries on every wine-related topic imaginable, from regions and grape varieties to the owners, connoisseurs, growers, and tasters in wine through the ages; from viticulture and oenology to the history of wine, from its origins to the present day. More than 180 esteemed contributors (including 58 new to this edition) range from internationally renowned academics to some of the most famous wine writers and wine specialists in the world. Winner of the 2016 James Beard Award for Beverage, this exhaustively updated fourth edition incorporates the very latest international research to present 300 new entries on topics ranging from additives and wine apps to WSET and Zelen. Over 60 percent of all entries have been revised; and useful lists and statistics are appended, including a unique list of the world's controlled appellations and their permitted grape varieties, as well as vineyard area, wine production and consumption by country. Illustrated with almost 30 updated maps of every important wine region in the world, many useful charts and diagrams, and 16 stunning colour photographs, this Companion is unlike any other wine book, offering an understanding of wine in all of its wider contexts--notably historical, cultural, and scientific--and serving as a truly companionable point of reference into which any wine-lover can dip and browse.

Series: Oxford Companions

Hardcover: 912 pages

Publisher: Oxford University Press; 4 edition (October 1, 2015)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0198705387

ISBN-13: 978-0198705383

Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 1.7 x 9.1 inches

Shipping Weight: 6.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)

Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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I enjoy reading the extensive information contained in this book, but I cannot recommend the Kindle version. With this electronic version, readers will require patience...and waste unnecessary time trying to find the subject they are looking for.Obviously, a book that functions as an encyclopedia with more than 900 pages is not a book that one reads straight through from start to finish. Rather, one skips around from subject to subject according to one's needs. A volume of this magnitude needs to be formatted/laid out carefully, in a way that is both visually pleasing and practical/easy to use.To be clear: information can be found according to a number of categories, including: alphabetical list, regions, topics, etc. However, the problem is that all lists are presented in one long single column, instead of over several columns on a given page (as would be the case in a print verion of a phone book or normal encyclopedia). Given the extensive information contained in this book, this single column presentation requires the reader to turn entirely too many electronic pages in browsing and searching for information.For those who know exactly which term they are looking for, there is a search feature...however, as is always the case with electronic books, the search will present the long list of every time that word or phrase is listed in the entire book (which you then have to scroll through) rather than take you directly to that particular entry heading. Furthermore, given the 900+ pages in length, the search feature takes quite a while before it is completed.I cannot comment on the layout of the print version of the book as I have not seen it.

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