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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; First Edition edition (October 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671687026
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671687021
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 7.8 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #353,483 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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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Yak on April 19, 1998
Format: Paperback
A real masterpiece (and an obvious work of love)! Combining extensive research and scholarship with wit and eloquence, the book traces wine and wine making from ancient times to our day. It is both the "Story of Wine" and the history of wine. The story is told in the context of its geographical, cultural and technical background. Exquisite pictures and maps abound. A truly extraordinary book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. Beer on January 25, 2007
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If you are interested in the history of wine it is a fine and interesting book. It was published in 1989 and the wine world has changed it needs to be revised. It does a poor job on wines of the new world; still it is a book worth reading.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By anonymous on December 3, 2009
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Companion text to Hugh Johnson's entertaining and enlightening video series from the late 1980s. Great history and facts on the origins, regions, and development of wine.
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I have just begun perusing this book. It's really not a tome one reads cover to cover. One goes back and forth. It's really a good reference work if one needs to know a little about the history of wine. Since I write historical fiction, it's a good book to have around. After all, the peoples of history drank lots of the liquid we call wine. It is a ceremonial as well as social drink.

Since one of the stories I tell as a storyteller is about Medea, it was very interesting to learn that the cultivation of wine came from her part of the world, Colchis, which is now Georgia. I think of Medea as a chemist, so I now wonder if this ancient myth's location had anything to do with the cultivation and fermenting of wine. Was it she who took this knowledge to the Mediterranean when she escaped with Jason to that location? We can only speculate. I keep reading this book with each glass of wine I take in the evenings.
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This is an amazing book. It is fun to read, keeps you interested all the time. Mr Johnson shows his best qualities as a wine writer in this book.
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