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How to Enjoy Your Wine: Understanding, Storing, Serving [Paperback]

Hugh Johnson


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April 1985
Hugh Johnson's guide to the world of wine.
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Hugh Johnson began acquiring his wine knowledge as a member of the Wine and Food Society at Cambridge University. When he came down from King's College in 1961 he became feature writer for Vogue and House & Garden, writing, among other things, wine columns for both magazines. In 1963 he became general secretary of the Wine and Food Society and succeeded the legendary gastronome André Simon as editor of Wine and Food. At the same time he became wine correspondent of The Sunday Times and started work on his first book Wine (1966), through which he established himself at the age of 27 as one of the subject's foremost writers. His rare talent for making the most complex subjects readable has led to a remarkable sequence of books.

After a year as travel editor of The Sunday Times he became editor of Queen, and in 1969 James Mitchell of the newly founded publishing house Mitchell Beazley asked him to write The World Atlas of Wine. First published in 1971, this book has been translated into 14 languages and sold over four million copies. The sixth edition, fully updated and co-written with Jancis Robinson, was published in October 2007, and a concise edition is to be published this September.

Hugh Johnson's vast knowledge of wine is condensed into his Pocket Wine Book, an annually updated guide to everything worth drinking, which, year by year, is the world's best-selling wine book. This year the 33rd edition of the book is published. In 2005 he penned his memoirs, entitled Wine - A Life Uncorked, which became another best-seller.

In 2007 Hugh Johnson received an OBE in the Queen's New Year's Honours list. His OBE was awarded for services to winemaking and horticulture. In April 2004 Hugh was honoured with the title of Chevalier de l'Ordre National du Mérite, one of the highest tributes bestowed by the French Government. The medal was presented to Hugh for his significant contribution to the appreciation and understanding of France and its wines.

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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 in Essex. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Short.....but Sweet!! 11 Nov 2001
By douglas barton - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
What a truly wonderful small book!
While it's true that I am a fan of Mr. Johnson's previous offerings I found this to be an indispensable guide due to it's size and "off-the-cuff" sense of humour that permeates the book. Obviously Hugh Johnson knows from which he speaks and is most comfortable in relaying information without seeming arrogant or smug. Something I haven't always been able to say regarding other "so-called" experts books on wine.
As to the book itself...very well done. Wonderful photographs, I especially enjoyed the section on corkscrews, and info that not only the layman could use but anyone who considers himself a fan of the Viticulture! Other chapters include the proper way of opening a bottle of wine, serving, tasting and judging.All pertinent information! Perhaps what I enjoyed most from this book is simply that it doesn't pretend to be anything more than a small serving of information that will help you enjoy that bottle of wine that you've just purchased and want to get the most of. No pretense here....just good,solid information at your fingertips. Bravo!
Overall, if you count yourself as one who doesn't wish to spend a lot of your hard earned dollars on a cumbersome, thick book on wines (Mr. Johnson has written those as well, and I have that also....and so should you!) than pick up a copy of "Hugh Johnson's How To Enjoy Your Wine" and while it may not have everything you may need to know it will get you through an evening out in your favorite restaurant. ENJOY!!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Short.....but Sweet!! 11 Nov 2001
By douglas barton - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
What a truly wonderful small book!
While it's true that I am a fan of Mr. Johnson's previous offerings I found this to be an indispensable guide due to it's size and "off-the-cuff" sense of humour that permeates the book. Obviously Hugh Johnson knows from which he speaks and is most comfortable in relaying information without seeming arrogant or smug. Something I haven't always been able to say regarding other "so-called" experts books on wine.
As to the book itself...very well done. Wonderful photographs, I especially enjoyed the section on corkscrews, and info that not only the layman could use but anyone who considers himself a fan of the Viticulture! Other chapters include the proper way of openig a bottle of wine, serving, tasting and judging.All pertinent information!
Overall, if you count yourself as one who doesn't wish to spend a lot of your hard earned dollars on a cumbersome, thick book on wines (Mr. Johnson has written those as well, and I have that also!)than pick up a copy of "Hugh Johnson's How To Enjoy Your Wine" and while it may not have everything you may need to know it will get you through an evening out in your favorite restaurant. ENJOY!!
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