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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on September 17, 2013
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
on October 14, 2013
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
on January 17, 2014
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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on November 24, 2013
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
on September 26, 2013
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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on December 21, 2013
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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on May 22, 2014
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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on May 14, 2014
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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on March 30, 2014
A reliable guide to shopping for wine. Full of valuable information about vintages, wineries, and food pairings. I have used the paper version for decades. The electronic version provides the opportunity to append tasting notes.
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VINE VOICEon February 2, 2014
I purchased my first version of the book around 1980. My how it has grown, you need a pretty big pocket. There is no disputing the value of the content of this "bible", however I think in printed format, it is no longer a "pocket" guide. I think I'll try the Kindle version and see how it fares on my iPhone.
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