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Hugh Johnson's Pocket Wine Book 2009 Hardcover – 1 Sep 2008

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Mitchell Beazley (1 Sept. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845334205
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845334208
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 1.7 x 19.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 572,329 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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Simply the best concise wine reference. David Sexton, London Evening Standard

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. His winning formula of personal insight and critical appraisal of the world of wine, plus valuable vintage news and numerous 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, published with Jancis Robinson published in its sixth edition in 2007, his Wine Companion, published in 2003, and The Story of Wine. In his spare time he writes about gardening from his home in Essex.

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By MS on 8 Sept. 2008
Format: Hardcover
An excellent guide for buying 'reasonable' to 'ultra-premium' wine. Thousands of wines are covered in short informative paragraphs along with ratings and vintage guides.

It's less detailed than "Wine Behind the Label" but at pocket size is totally portable. This is a thoroughly practical book and is genuinely helpful in making wine buying decisions, (mine has been everywhere from the supermarket to the caves of Burgundy). Hugh Johnson manages to combine a careers-worth of expert knowledge with a down-to-earth, sensible and non-stuffy approach.

If you already have the 2008 guide and were going to skip this one (like I was), there are multiple changes and updates to the individual entries, as well as rewritten country introductions. (And yes, last year's gremlins have fled the publisher and they've sorted out the mishaps before sending it to print).
It's also (to me) easier to read with maroon and black type, rather than last years gold and black, and the maps are recoloured and clearer.

It's only a tenner, the price of a bottle of wine, and it might help you to get more bouquet for your buck!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. M. Randall on 13 Jan. 2009
Format: Hardcover
This is fo9r everyone who enjoys or is curious about wine.

A comprehensive guide to wine - drinking, storing and enjoying.

The book is well laid out and covers practically every wine producing region in the world. Reviewing recent vintages within each region and then a wine section of wines from each area, rating them 1-4 stars and showing which vintages to drink, which to leave. The good, the bad and the OK. Johnson also has a mini section at the back of the book and each year this area covers a different topic. last years was food & wine matching & the best of Italy. This year looks at leading chefs/ restauranteurs views on wines and food matching.

Johnson also offers an in-depth review of the vintages 07 and 06. as well as an overview of the worlds most popular grapes.

good for wine pro's and those who just enjoy a good drink.
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I was first given a Hugh Johnson pocket wine book about 30 years ago, which shows how old both Mr Johnson and I are getting! I think he's got far superior taste buds to me, and a vast knowledge and experience of the wine industry, so I find his recommendations very useful when picking a not-too-expensive wine from any of my local supermarkets. I don't buy the latest Hugh Johnson pocket wine book for myself every year, but it still makes a good stocking-filler at Christmas for friends who partake.
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These little books cone out every year and I buy them for both my husband and father and are read from cover to cover each Christmas.
I am not sure how big Hugh Johnson thinks people's pockets are but they don't change from year to year!
This little book gives an in slight into that years wine, it is informative on the wine, region, details and when the drink etc. it gives ideas on new wines to try and ones to avoid.
A must for both the beginner and the expert.
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Format: Hardcover
I enjoy this wine info book enormously - gives essential info on world wines with precise and wonderful insight to new winemakers as well as the established ones. Well worth having if you want to expand your knowledge as well as your wine purchases!
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By Peter on 30 Sept. 2013
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even for a pocket book, i found the information rather limited, anf a bit all over the place. May be is more interesting to have bigger books which are more complete, or pocket ones which are more specialised and concise
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By ArnoldM on 8 April 2009
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This book is fine fine and gives you the info that you want about current wine vintages - not sure that it is small enough to want to keep in my pocket but it is an invaluable reference - not for the beginner though
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