"The World Atlas Of Wine" (Sixth Edition) Is Released
The World Atlas of Wine by Hugh Johnson and (since 2003) Jancis Robinson, MW is an atlas and reference work on the world of wine, published by Mitchell Beazley.
It pioneered the use of wine-specific cartography to give wine a sense of place, and has since the first edition published in 1971 sold 4 million copies in 14 languages. Considered among the most significant wine publications to date, it remains one of the most popular books on wine, with the most recent sixth edition published in October 2007.
Hugh Johnson OBE (born 10 March 1939) is a British author and expert on wine. He is considered the world's best-selling wine writer.
Johnson has been writing about wine since 1960, was taken on as a feature writer for Condé Nast Publications upon graduation, and early worked with magazines such as Vogue and House & Garden. He has published a wide array of books, starting with the publication of Wine in 1966 at a period he became the wine columnist of The Sunday Times. The publication of The World Atlas of Wine in 1971, considered the first serious attempt to map the world's wine regions, became described by the sitting director of the INAO as "a major event in wine literature".
Over the years he has held the position as director of Château Latour, is the co-founder and a partner in The Royal Tokaji Company, and in 1986 founded the Hugh Johnson Collection Ltd. which sells stemware and other artefacts related to wine. Johnson is also a Horticulturalist with a special interest in trees, and has published a standard guide to gardening, The Principles of Gardening. Since 2004 Johnson has acted as editorial adviser to The World of Fine Wine magazine.
He was selected the Decanter "Man of the Year" in 1995, and was awarded the Officer of the British Empire distinction in 2007.
Johnson is known as one of the wine world's most vocal opponents to awarding numerical scores to wine. In the autobiography A Life Uncorked, Johnson also expressed regret over the wine critic Robert Parker's influence on the world of wine, which has in his view moved winemaking in many regions towards a more uniform, bigger and richer style. In 2005 Johnson stated, "Imperial hegemony lives in Washington and the dictator of taste in Baltimore[a]".