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The New Sotheby’s Wine Encyclopedia

The New Sotheby's Wine Encyclopedia
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Published: 10/27/2020
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,…

The New Sotheby’s Wine Encyclopedia Book ReviewThe New Sotheby’s Wine Encyclopedia by Tom Stevenson

It’s 2020. We’re in month 8 of lockdown and observing social distancing. So, let’s get real –  call it a hobby or a way to unwind from the mania of the year… We’re all drinking more than we have in the past.

Thankfully, for the first time in nearly a decade, the Sotheby’s Wine Encyclopedia has been updated to reflect the most recent trends in the world of wine. Within this 800-page volume is a wealth of knowledge – gorgeous photos, detailed maps, and colorful illustrations.


This is the most comprehensive wine reference book I’ve come across. Whether you’re becoming a sommelier or just a wine lover looking for an impressive coffee table book, The New Sotheby’s Wine Encyclopedia has what you need. From a crash course in viticulture and vinification to in-depth information on the regions producing the world’s best vintages.

Let’s look at France as an example. First, we learn the wine-producing regions, appellations, and most commonly grown grapes. Then, the “French Label Language” section that helps decode what terms like “brut,” “clos,” and “premier cru” mean when shopping for French wine. Finally, we dive deep into specific wine regions and their top producers, along with tasting notes, so you’ll know what to expect.


I am really into this. Truth be told, this year I’ve grown more interested in how wine is made, how to talk about wine, and how to breakdown flavor profiles. This book is no joke. It’s more information than (almost) anyone can truly digest, but I can see coming back to this again and again. Use this book as a fun way to explore some of the finest wines from around the world. For instance, maybe you buy a bottle for a birthday or anniversary, or pull together a mixed case at your local wine shop. One thing is for sure, with The New Sotheby’s Wine Encyclopedia by Tom Stevenson you’ll learn a ton and enjoy the process.

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Tom Stevenson in March 2006Tom Stevenson is a British author, journalist and wine critic, based in the UK. He has written over 20 books on wine, including his annual Wine Report, The Sotheby’s Wine Encyclopedia and Christie’s World Encyclopedia of Champagne & Sparkling Wine. He is considered one of the world’s leading authorities on the wines of Alsace and Champagne.

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