This is the vintage book for both novice and connoisseur--direct, expressive, informative, Mr. Johnson organizes his material well, from fundamentals (how Wine is made, names, classifications, etc.) through aperitifs, table wines, after dinner wines. He describes the difference between ordinaire and vin-de-pays (""At its worst, simply ordinaire with a birth certificate"") good, near-great, great wines He advises on how to order from a wine list, or stock a cellar. Most of the book is devoted to the wines themselves, European and New World wines, those of Africa, China, Chile, Australia. Completely indexed for primary and secondary mention; vintage charts; Photographs by the author; maps of the world's leading Wine districts; line drawings. Such simplicity, such authority--a pleasure.