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Hugh Johnson's Pocket Wine Book 2010: 33rd Edition Hardcover – August 15, 2009

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About the Author

Hugh Johnson is the world's pre-eminent writer on wine. First published in 1977, Hugh Johnson's Pocket Wine Book sells hundreds of thousands of copies a year. His winning formula of personal insight and critical appraisal of the world of wine, plus valuable vintage news and numerous wine recommendations has been often-imitated but never bettered. With the publication of his first book, Wine, Johnson established himself at the age of twenty-seven as the most refreshing and authoritative voice on the subject. During the past four decades he has written books that have become landmarks on the subject, including his classic The World Atlas of Wine, published with Janis Robinson published in its sixth edition in 2007, his Wine Companion, published in 2003, and The Story of Wine. In his spare time he writes about gardening from his home in Essex.
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Product Details

  • Series: Hugh Johnson's Pocket Wine Book
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Mitchell Beazley; 33 edition (August 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845335295
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845335298
  • Product Dimensions: 4 x 0.8 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,573,668 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Marcos E. S. Jordao on September 21, 2009
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This is the best pocket guide you can find. Everything you need to buy and drink (areas, producers, vintage, rating) is here. Dont expect to learn much from this book (although you can aslo learn a little), but it will guide you perfectly in stores during purchansing. The best thing is that it is updated every year and it says if your specific stored wine vintage is ready or not.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Diemf Leatres on June 4, 2010
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Very useful for when making dinner for guests and finding the corresponding wine as you have time to look for it. Less effective in restaurants as the maitre d'hotel usually knows whats good and you tend not to take the time to look into the book, or the restaurant might not have the wine you desire.

Never the less, for the pricetag, it is an advisable read and item to have
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Zaraf on February 1, 2010
Format: Hardcover
this is a very good guide as far as French wine goes; as for the rest, it seems to me that the author does not seem to know a lot . For other countries, in fact, the guide is quite confusing, in that entries are selected in a very random way: it may be that they are selected by brand, or region, or grape, or anything else, but the logic or the criteria used to select a specific item escapes to the reader!
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Format: Hardcover
I have been buying these guides since they began. They tell you everything you need to know about any bottle of wine including which vintages to be drinking when. Especially great on the French wines but also excellent on the rest of the world. Vey complete data set. I have never disagreed with Johnson. A copy of this should always be with you. I would be even happier if there was an electronic version for iPad/iPhone/Kindle.
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