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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Mitchell Beazley (1 Sept. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845336844
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845336844
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 2.5 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 199,720 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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'Space for only one wine book in your life? This is it.' -- The New York Times

'So convenient for the breast pocket and so easily read under the table.' -- Nicholas Foulkes, Sunday Telegraph

'It slips nicely into my back-pack. You need to dream a bit when travelling, especially on cold, lonely nights. And when you come to a wine region it's excellent.' -- Michael Palin, Evening Standard

'Johnson s micro-encyclopaedia is still the best of the pocket guides.' -- The Irish Times

'The brilliant best-selling wine guide.. no self-respecting imbiber can afford not to have a copy.' -- The Good Book Guide 2011

'The best concise handbook on wine, with the latest information.' -- Sunday Mirror

'The daddy of them all.' --Square Meal

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Hugh Johnson's Pocket Wine Book is the bestselling wine guide on the market.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By HomeSpa on 14 Oct. 2012
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My husband has either bought these annual books, or in most cases had them bought for him as a Christmas present for many years. He is quite knowlegable about wine and finds these little books really quite handy for reference each year.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By J. Suyderhoud on 6 Sept. 2012
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The 2013 edition of the Hugh Johnson's Pocket Wine Book is again excellent, each year it brings the latest information on the state of art with respect of all better wines made worldwide. 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 feature is the information on 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 on Champagne and other bubbles. Compared to the 2012 edition there are many updates, so for a few pounds you are kept well informed. Read and enjoy this (virtual) wine cellar and keep your earlier editions for reference!
Postscript: The wines of the Netherlands have never been mentioned, but I feel that as the quality has improved considerably in recent years, they also should in future be given a page like Luxembourg (new entry) and England & Wales.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gary White TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 9 Nov. 2012
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Hugh Johnson's pocket wine guide speaks for itself - it's as excellent as ever. What's good about the Kindle version, is that I always have the Kindle with me but would have always carried the book. Many times I wanted to refer to the book but never had it with me! Now I dont have an excuse!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Hmmph on 6 Jan. 2013
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You learn a lot about wine from this, but so often my purchases don't feature as I buy mid-priced under-a-tenner wines. Ideal fodder for an e-version where you can enter the wine details and it will look it up for you. ALthough it is good to browse, you learn a lot that way.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Patricia on 5 Jan. 2013
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This is a good book but maybe the wines are unlikely to be drunk by the average person so I wish I has got the supermarket version as this was a gift for someone who are not likely to go abroad to taste the wines
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bluegrass Guernsey on 8 Nov. 2012
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I have been buying the hard back version of this book for many years, what a pleasant surprise to find an electronic version that I can use on my iPad.
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I thought this the most helpful guide I've read as it gave me insight into wibe production locations with an insight into how to cloose the best value wines in the cheap ranges. I think I might have done better with the print version as with the kindle version colour only appesrs as a shade of black. This may of course be because I only have a very old basic kindle. I shall buy the same guide next year, hopefully in printed version and I will be able to compare the two, I suppose at 89 I shoulod add DV.
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As a very frequent traveller who likes wine but is not too knowledgeable about it, this book is great. It is easy to understand and it has pointed me in the direction of some great wines in many parts of the world.

Would reccomend it to anyone and this year I bought a copy for each of my family members to help them get more enjoment from their wine.

Is just as easy and cheap to drink good wine than poor wine and this little book helps me do that. It is always in my bag when I travel
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