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Hugh Johnson's Pocket Wine Book 2011 [Hardcover]

Hugh Johnson
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6 Sep 2010
The original and best, Hugh Johnson's Pocket Wine Book is the ultimate compact guide. Now in its 34th edition, it is the UK's number one wine book appealing to wine-lovers and professionals alike. It is the key reference for enthusiasts, investors and collectors and this year's edition boasts up-to-date news on more than 6,000 wines, growers, and regions, plus invaluable vintage information from experts around the world. A new colour supplement focuses on the array of wines from Spain,while a new section offers the reader alternative wines to try based on those they already drink. More than 200 of Johnson's favourites for 2011 are also included. Hugh Johnson's winning formula of insight, critical appraisal of the world of wine, plus vintage news has never been bettered. During the past four decades he has written many books that have become landmark titles, including his classic The World Atlas of Wine, co-authored with Jancis Robinson and published this year in a new compact format as The Concise World Atlas of Wine, and his Wine Companion, which is fully updated for 2010.

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Mitchell Beazley (6 Sep 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845335678
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845335670
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 217,072 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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34th edition of the global bestseller. Over ten million copies sold worldwide. The UK's number one annual wine guide. Completely revised and updated for 2011, with fresh introductions and new feature boxes for every country. New colour supplement on Spanish wines, including an overview of its expanding wine industry and exciting new producers. New section featuring "If you like this, why not try this" allowing the reader to navigate new tastes based on those they already know. Appeals to both wine-lovers and professionals alike. Key reference for wine investors and collectors, with four levels of vintage information detailing which wines to drink now and which to cellar. Perfect companion and format for the travelling wine enthusiast.

About the Author

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, published with Jancis Robinson published in its sixth edition in 2007, 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.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Presently I am buying each year the Hugh Johnson's Pocket Wine Book, as each year it brings the latest information on the state of art with respect of all better wines made worldwide. It is neither for beginners nor for persons not familiar with better and often more expensive wines. But if you are a wine lover and want to be kept up to date on the latest developments and vintages, this handy pocket book is certainly a must. The strongest features are the French and especially the Bordeaux wines, the latter having a special section. Each year has also a different colour supplement at the back of the book, this time an interesting essay on the reinvention of vinous Spain.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 2011 an average vintage 27 Dec 2010
I bought the guide this year after a few years of not buying it. It is generally helpful in knowing when to drink good wine. It also helps get a better understanding of wine the world over. In this it is ambitious and this does lead to a lack of detail once we leave France in general and Bordeaux in particular behind. Spain gets 13 pages plus a general feature at the end of the guide. This is just simply inadequate for arguably Europe's most dynamic wine-making nation. Germany gets 21 pages. Personally I think that balance is the wrong way round. Much of the focus throughout the guide is on quality, and expensive quality at that. We learn the merits of Petrus, only to be told it is all allocated to the world's millionaires. Not much use to the rest of us then. I think there is now a gap in the market for a guide that goes beyond the mass produced brands of the Supermarket, but does not think that fine wine starts at 30-50 a bottle. The Good Beer Guide has done this type of service successfully for many years for real ale, if we had the same type of Guide for wine then we could let Hugh glug his Petrus in peace while we go out and buy great wine for 10 a bottle or less.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Erudite, serious - but eminently readable! 26 Nov 2010
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Spending just 25% extra on a bottle of wine doubles the pleasure and is one of life's great bargains - just like this book. Hugh Johnson is a true wine expert and I've bought this book almost every year since the early 1990s. I've found it to be consistently accurate and an essential companion when browsing the supermarket shelves. It's also ideal for dipping into when you have an idle moment. There's always something to learn about wine and this book is an excellent primer.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The classic, warts and all 25 Oct 2010
I've grown up with this book, since the early 80s, and I probably buy every other one. It absolutely has the field to itself in its format - only an iPhone would pack so much information into such a small space!

However, I've demoted it to 3 stars from 5 because I think it is getting increasingly outdated. It's become rather like a cherished vintage car - lovable but really from a different era. The book's focus is on France and it always seems very weak on the New World, the entries for which seem more like tokenism than anything Hugh Johnson or his team really enjoy. For example, many of the greatest wines in the world come from California (as judged by prices achieved) and yet it only merits a handful of pages. Also, I'm increasingly convinced that the producer, rather than the specific geography, is the key to a good wine, and this is ignored. For example, his coverage of Burgundy is all about specific vineyard sites, with only a small amount of space devoted to who is growing the wine: in my view, it should be the other way round.

In short, I've deducted 2 stars. To get them back for me, one star would be earned for publishing this as a downloadable iPhone app and the other would be for treating the New World seriously.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hugh Johnson's Pocket Wine Book 2011 4 May 2013
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Hugh Johnson's Pocket Wine Book 2011 very concise but with the world of wine at your fingertips go out and buy this one
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hugh Johnsons Pocket Book of Wine 16 Mar 2011
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This book is the ideal companion for the keen wine drinker. It identifies all the best wines for virtually all the wine growing areas around the world. Importantly, it is very easy to establish whether the particular vintage of a wine is ready for drinking now, should be cellared further or should be used for de-icing the car! Through Amazon, it is excellent value for money and is small enough to be taken on all trips.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Reliable Guide 17 Feb 2011
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With Amazon's discounted price I find it convenient to buy this little book every year. I find it a reliable guide to knowing when wines are ready to drink.
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