The cream of the wine world gathered in London's Fortnum & Mason last night for the launch of the new edition of The World Atlas of Wine by Hugh Johnson and Jancis Robinson.
The release, scheduled for October 11, was celebrated in the sumptuous new food and wine hall of Fortnum’s – London’s most celebrated grocer, a few doors up from the Ritz Hotel in Piccadilly.
First published in 1971, and originally written by Johnson alone, the Wine Atlas is now in its sixth edition, and remains one the most popular books on wine.
‘Jancis is Merlot to Hugh’s Cabernet,’ said publisher David Lam on the collaboration. Both periodically contribute to Decanter magazine.
The new edition – priced at £35 ($50.00), as was the fifth edition, published in 2001 – represents a significant update of the previous one, with 48 new pages and 20 new maps. Entries on Spain and Portugal have been considerably revised, with extended explorations of Australia and the US.
Written by Maggie Rosen