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Published:  23 July, 2008

Mitchell Beazley, publisher of the World Atlas of Wine and Hugh Johnson's Pocket Wine Book, has bought Faber's wine list'. The Faber list comprises more than 20 monographs, including Bordeaux by David Peppercorn, Brunello to Zibibbo (nominated for the Prix du Champagne Lanson) by Nicolas Belfrage MW, Burgundy by Anthony Hanson MW, and this year's Andr Simon winner, The Wines of Britain & Ireland by Stephen Skelton. Other authors include John Livingstone-Learmonth, Rosemary George MW, Richard Mayson, Alex Liddell, Stephen Brook and Julian Jeffs, the general series editor since the list's inception in 1971. Faber chief executive Stephen Page said: We have been reviewing the areas of our publishing and the wine list stood out as our only remaining reference list. It was a tough decision to sell, but we can only invest our energy and resources in so many publishing areas.' Jane Aspden, Mitchell Beazley's publisher and MD, added: This acquisition helps us to expand in new directions, in particular with more in-depth coverage of up-and-coming wine areas. We plan to relaunch several titles as part of a distinct series and further develop sales internationally through our distribution network in North America, Australia and New Zealand, and throughout other English-speaking markets worldwide. The series will be launched with an international marketing campaign, beginning with new guides to the wines of Portugal and Hungary by Richard Mayson and Alex Liddell respectively.'