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Hugh Johnson's Pocket Wine Book 2013 by [Johnson, Hugh]
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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. 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 in its sixth edition with Janis Robinson in 2007, his Wine Companion, published in 2009 and now in its sixth edition, and The Story of Wine.

Product Details

  • File Size: 6341 KB
  • Print Length: 335 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B00CF74W3C
  • Publisher: Mitchell Beazley (September 3, 2012)
  • Publication Date: September 3, 2012
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008B8L980
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #899,199 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This is a great buy for any wine lover. If you care about your wine, if you are curious to try something new, and you would like to know what vintages are known to have yielded great harvest, this is the guide for you. I use this book to check out everything beginning with terminology and different wine varietals and ending with a tiny section on what type of wine one can experiment with if he or she likes a certain type of wine. "If you like a Chablis....try...." A curious mind will love that section! It is easy to use guide and it encompasses maps as well, which are extremely useful. Also, even a less known producer is likely to be mentioned in this book/guide, so if you bought a bottle of a garage like Bordeaux, you are likely to have a few words about the producer and its wine quality. Truly great.
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Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
When we lived in the UK, my brother-in-law (a Boston based wine connoisseur) had the Hugh Johnson pocket wine book on standing order with us as his annual Christmas gift. Didn't want anything else! We started to use it then and fell in love with the book for its format, its no-hype approach to wine selection and drinkability. I love the listings of recommended and "especially recommended" years following the producer/winery name along with shadings to indicate first choice for drinking (drink up now!), ready for drinking or improve by keeping. With this book, my husband and I have discovered hitherto unfamiliar wines from Fronsac in Bordeaux ("some of the best value red's), Argentina winemakers like Cantena, South Africa winemakers such as the stunning Vergelegen or one of our personal favorite regions the Margaret River in Western Australia. To be able to carry the book around with us in Kindle format is a huge boon. We spent about an hour or two in Costco the other day researching the wines and years, and it was surprising how many people stopped by to ask us advice or to have a quick look at the kindle book. What fun!
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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is the latest volume in the yearly summery oh the wine year by Hugh Johnson. I cannot recommend a wine book more highly. It describes the state of the winemaking art in every country in the world. In a small space, it packs an amazeing amount of information.
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If one travels or if one lives in a major metropolitan area, this book is a wonderful reference to an increasingly complex subject: what to drink now, what to buy to 'lay down'; what to look for on restaurant wine lists. Hugh Johnson covers the 'world' of wine, including the emerging wines of South America and Australia (well, he has for years,now.) Persons blessed with relatively deep pockets and fine importers and distributors constitute the prime market for this annually-updated pocket reference. I use it for my travels in France, Italy and Spain and it does help.

It is also increasingly true that fine (even good) local restaurants will have wine lists that are tailored to their menus and the pocketbooks of their local clientele. Even in that case, this book provides a general overview of what one might look for and it offers insight into generally better vintages as well as into vintages that are most ready to be enjoyed now. The general vintage/drinkability charts in the book can be copied and are good pocket reference to take along when dining.

The bulk of the book is organized by country and by major wine region within each country. There is an alphabetical series of listings that includes named estates, types of grapes and something about notable producers and Johnson gives each wine that they produce and that he selects for inclusion a 'star' rating for typical quality. He uses a well-explained system of typography and symbols for his ratings rather than assigning numbers to wines.

Johnson is perhaps the world's most trusted taster, wine writer and source for this information. Don't miss him!
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Very handy wine guide. Shipped on time and quality product - covers all the major wine regions and lots of wines by year. Tells you which ones to drink early, and which ones will be better to save so they'll be even better aged. Plus it gives you a reason to try a few new wines...
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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This book gives useful descriptions of wines and vintages from all over the world.
While one should develop their own taste from experience, this book is a useful
guide for choosing wines from an unfamiliar area as well as selecting vintages.
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Every autumn I mark the season by treating myself to the newest edition of Hugh Johnson's Pocket Wine Book. I got the 2013 edition around the end of October, and it continues the tradition as a slim volume you can carry into wine shop or restaurant and use to get information and ratings of many thousands of world wines.
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This and Oz Clarke's similar guide offers considerable help for wine buying forays. I've found many bargains with help from this book and Johnson is many times more comprehensible than any ap can provide. So go ahead and be a person who carrys an actual book and know something about your soon to be purchased wine. It can stop you from making dreadful, expensive mistakes or missing bargains. It's all in the simply outlined detail; like year, area grown, the grower/vintner, notes on the wines....and pretty fast to index too.
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