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Hugh Johnson's Pocket Wine Book 2013 [Hardcover]

Hugh Johnson
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1 Sep 2012 Hugh Johnson's Pocket Wine Book
The original and best, Hugh Johnson's Pocket Wine Book is the ultimate compact guide. Now in its 36th edition, it is the UK's number one wine book for wine-lovers and professionals. 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 champagne and sparkling wines, while the 'If you like this, try this' section offers the reader alternative wines to try based on those they already drink. More than 200 of Johnson's favourites for 2013 are also included. A complementary app is also available from the Apple App Store.

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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Mitchell Beazley (1 Sep 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845336844
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845336844
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 9 x 19 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 148,252 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Really useful book 14 Oct 2012
By HomeSpa
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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
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
3.0 out of 5 stars Great for wine buffs 6 Jan 2013
By Hmmph
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent guide, works well on Kindle 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good for wine lovers 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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4.0 out of 5 stars iPad wine companion 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Our wine "Bible". 29 Nov 2013
By Amazoid
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I have been using the Hugh Johnson's Wine guide for many years. It always come on holiday with us and is invaluable when buying "unknown" wines
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4.0 out of 5 stars Just the best wine guide ever 15 Nov 2013
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Just the best wine guide ever - you don't need anything else. Small but perfect in every detail. And you call carry it in your pocket...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wine lovers
I gave this to male relatives for Christmas and they were all delighted with their present and I note that they are still consulting it
Published 9 months ago by Jane Gray
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My husband loved the Pocket Wine Book. It arrived just on time before we left on our holidays to Italy. Read more
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This is such a useful guide and makes even me look and sound as though I know a lot more than I do
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this is an indispensible pocket guide for any lover of fine wines and it continuosly maintains a high standrard of infomation each year including analysis of the newer popular... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Dr. R. Jameson
5.0 out of 5 stars Here's cheers to Hugh Johnson
Have been buying this year-on-year. Could not do without it. Manageable in size makes it essential to take with you - anywhere.
Published 15 months ago by Poppy Quartermaine
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
We first bought a copy of his book in the 70's and now it is about 3x the size it used to be Un fortunately it doesn't review the cheaper end of the market af which ther e are many... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Toni Fenwick
5.0 out of 5 stars pocket wine book
This was a gift for my son-in-law and he is delighted with its style and information. I would definately recommend it
Published 15 months ago by denise askham
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent. Good purchase for all wine lovers.
Whisky has 'the Whisky Bible', wine has 'pocket wine guide'. Very comprehensive list of brands, varieties and vintages. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Stuart M. Gibb
5.0 out of 5 stars Happy hubby!
I'd love to give this a better review, but I bought it as a gift for my hubby for his birthday. Nevertheless, he absolutely loves it, finds it incredibly insightful, and has barely... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Krissii
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