'The New Sotheby's Wine Encyclopedia' is arranged geographically and combines maps and photographs with information on all wine-growing areas, profiles of distinguished producers and assessments of individual wines. Distinguished wine authority Tom Stevenson examines the viticultural history of each wine-making country, discussing its wine-producing regions and the current reputation of its wines. He analyzes the factors affecting the taste and quality of each region's wines - location, aspect, soil, microclimates, grape varieties, and methods of viticulture and vinification - before assessing its appellations, the individual wine producers (chateaux or wineries), and, of course, the wines themselves. Stevenson provides practical guidelines on wine tasting, while an 'author's choice' chart at the end of each section lists the very best wines. A 'taste chart' explains how to identify the flavors in a wine, and a 'troubleshooter's guide' spots common wine flaws.