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About the Author

Hugh Johnson is the world's pre-eminent writer on wine. First published in 1977, his Pocket Wine Book sells hundreds of thousands of copies a year. His winning formula of insight, critical appraisal of the world of wine, plus valuable vintage news and 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, co-authored with Jancis Robinson, his Wine Companion, first published in 2003, and The Story of Wine. In his spare time he writes about gardening from his home.
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Product Details

  • Series: Hugh Johnson's Pocket Wine Book
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Mitchell Beazley; 1 edition (September 10, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845337441
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845337445
  • Product Dimensions: 4 x 1 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #301,267 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hugh Johnson is acclaimed as the world's favorite wine writer. Since his first book, Wine, appeared in 1966, he has been making the subject of wine approachable to all with his witty and humorous style. His other books include the bestseller "Hugh Johnson's Pocket Wine Book." He is also President of The Sunday Times Wine Club. Jancis Robinson is internationally renowned for her witty, authoritative wine writing and her books Vines, Grapes and Wines, and Oxford Companion to Wine are among the most important in wine literature.

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Hugh Johnson's Pocket Wine Book is a must have for anyone who enjoys wine.
Michael J. Bosarge
This is the best 'go-to' reference book - and it's size makes it easy to carry along to the wine store.
Nonna
Full of very insightful information and good for both a wine novice and a wine expert.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Tony Marquise Jr. on September 17, 2013
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Hugh Johnson's little book gets better and bigger every year. It has always been the best yearly referance work on wine and the wine industry published. And the best gets better every year. This edition has info on many more wine makers and new wine regions than any other edition. If you like wine then this book is a must have.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jerry L. Price on October 14, 2013
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There is an amazing amount information about wine in this small book that can fit in your pocket (ok, you need to have a big pocket). There is information about vintages from different regions around the world, hundreds of producers, dozens of varieties, food and wine pairings, ratings of wines and more. Because there is no room in such a small package for long explanations and tutorials, this book is recommended for people who have some working knowledge of wines although you need not be an expert. It is great to have handy in restaurants and wine stores so you can be more knowledgeable about your wine choices in those venues. And one of the best features of this book is that it recommends when you should open that expensive bottle of wine to get the full flavor and bang for your buck. Kudos to Hugh and his team for putting this together year after year.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lonny Jones on January 17, 2014
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I was delighted to see a Kindle edition, and got it without thinking about how that would work. It is a book that I flip around in constantly when I am using it. Not easy on the Kindle.

I bought the print edition as soon as I realized my mistake.
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All the information you need, I have been using this guide since they were first published and buy the updated version each year.
When I first bought this book you could indeed fit it in your pocket, now you need an over sized jacket if you need to carry it with you.
From the information you can not only find which wines are the best to buy but also when is the best time to to drink those from your collection. It also gives suggestions of what food to pair the wines with or what cheese is best! I hope Hugh keeps on publishing these for many years to come
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Henk Schaap (die Niederlande) on September 26, 2013
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You can't say there is only little info in this guide. No, the guide contains much info. But, that is in general terms of speaking.
If I look for info about Zell's Schwarze Katz wine, I only find three lines. That's all.
Another example: wines from Mayschoss-Altenahr.
But: if you would like to find info about Rioja wine, you get 76 results. Pretty good.

Henk
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Hugh Johnson's 2014 Pocket Wine Book is proving to be as excellent a guide for wine purchasing and enjoyment of information, as it has been for me for the past almost 30 years! Mr Johnson's descriptions and methods of classifying the myriad choices of wine, make what can be a very difficult choice into an enjoyable search and easier decision. I bought my first guide in 1985, and look forward to many future editions.
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Good quick reference book.
Especially helpful when you are shopping at wine cellars.
Need some background knowledge in wine to read this book.
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Johnson, as always, is excellent! The navigation through the kindle version, however, is slow at best as producers within a region can only really be found by moving one page at a time.
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