For 45 years, annual editions of this handy reference have covered notable vintages and producers for wines from around the world. Johnson, an unrivaled authority on wine, provides succinct commentary on what to drink now, what to cellar, what to avoid, and what offers a particularly good value. This year's edition includes expanded material on orange wine.
Wines are arranged by country; in addition to the most well-known regions, there are chapters for Central and Southeast Europe, the Eastern Mediterranean and North Africa, as well as Asia and the “Old Russian Empire.”
A color appendix on terroir provides a handy, digestible introduction to the subject, addressing questions such as whether it exists everywhere, whether humans can create it, what role a vintner plays in it, and if it can be destroyed by bad winemaking.