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Hugh Johnson's Wine Companion: The Encyclopedia of Wines, Vineyards and Winemakers Hardcover – September 15, 2009

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 672 pages
  • Publisher: Mitchell Beazley; 6 Rev Upd edition (September 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845334574
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845334574
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 1.8 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #228,579 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


"it should be said, dispassionately but categorically, that Hugh Johnson's Wine Companion is the finest book ever written on that subject." John Arlott, Guardian "An excellent reference for the serious wine drinker." Chicago Sun-Times

About the Author

Hugh Johnson's first book Wine was published in 1966 and established him as one of the foremost writers on the subject. He then went on to write a remarkable sequence of wine titles including The World Atlas of Wine, now in its sixth edition and co-authorized with Jancis Robinson. His annually updated Pocket Wine Book sells more than 400,000 copies each year throughout the world.

Stephen Brook is a highly regarded wine writer, with over thirty books to his credit. His Wines of California won the Glenfiddich and Veuve Clicquot awards, and Le Prix du Lonson Champagne, for best wine book of 2000.

More About the Author

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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Quantumtorpedo on July 29, 2013
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How very fortunate is the world to have Mr. Hugh Johnson to share with us his amazing knowledge of the vine. I am at a loss with out the information provided by this book. Reading it has allowed me to be an amateur sommelier, as if I have a personal assistant to guide and assist with food parings, greatly increasing my knowledge of the worlds wines.
Mr. Johnson has the advantage of being one of the world's greatest gardener, this explains how in touch he is with the grape and its harvest.
I purchase his annual pocket guide to wine, his world atlas of wine and read every article that he is involved in on the subject matter. If your do not know an appellation from a cru you will soon learn after reading this book. A perfect addition for the Oenophile and those who serve them.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tony Marquise Jr. on October 23, 2012
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This large and heavy book covers the wines made and the vinters who make these wines over the entire world. The book is written by Hugh Johnson and Steve Brook, the two most entertaining and informed wine writers writing today. If you like wine, you cannot go wrong with this book.
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