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Hugh Johnson's Pocket Wine Book 2008: 31st Edition Hardcover – 1 Sep 2007

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Mitchell Beazley; Revised edition edition (1 Sept. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845333209
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845333201
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 1.8 x 19 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,074,974 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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No guide is friendlier...a micro-encylopedia for novices and experts.
-- The New York Times

Simply the best concise wine reference and a model of how to marshal quantities of fact and evaluation into a compact volume. Every interested wine drinker needs the latest edition every year. -- Evening Standard

Book Description

31st edition of the global best-seller. Over eight million copies sold in twelve languages worldwide The UK's number one annual wine guide. Last year saw a massive 34% growth in sales Completely revised and updated for 2008, with fresh introductions and new feature boxes for every country Includes new full-colour feature on Italian wines and winemakers plus Hugh Johnson's review of the big brands Star rating system for top wineries 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 for the travelling wine enthusiast

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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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Format: Hardcover
I have bought this book every year for 20+ years and it is a goldmine, this year it is as well researched and comprehensive as ever. This is a must buy for anyone serious about wine.

On the negative side I have noticed that some pages have not been proof read or updated which is surprising. I hope these few irritating errors will be corrected soon and there are no major errors elewhere! Personally
I found the introduction of a parallel system of personal preferences alongside the established markings unneccessary and confusing but others wil appreciate these.
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Format: Hardcover
The author's own preface to this pocket compendium sums it up perfectly. You will find in this book the vast majority of the basic information you need to choose wines in a shop, a restaurant, on holiday - even from your own cellar. It is an immensely valuable resource and as yet, I know of no other published book which can compete. It is well organised, well written, reassuringly comprehensive and excellent value.
Anyone looking for detailed profiles of particular producers or wines is barking up the wrong tree. You simply can not compare this book to, say, a Parker wine buyer's guide. Besides which, you would look and feel a bit silly wading through a huge reference book in a restaurant. But this little companion works well if mixed with intuition and some common sense.
I have bought nearly every annual edition of this book for the last 21 years. Out of my library of over 45 books on wine, this is still the one I would choose to save if faced with imminent shipwreck. The torture would be in not being able to save any bottles !
My only criticism comes from a suspicion that Hugh Johnson himself has less and less to do with the book with each new edition - hence four rather than five stars. But as one previous reviewer said, the book would make a great present for both amateur and serious wine lover alike.
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Format: Hardcover
I have the collection and the large Atlas of wine from Hugh Johnson. I think that if anyone is respected for his ability to review wine's it's Hugh. I know several of the best educational institutions in the tourism/food and drink industry use his books as a reference guide. His Annual Guides are a great way to keep up to date with the new developments and make a great gift for any wine enthusiast at a very resonable price.
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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
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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Format: Hardcover
N. Stewart's comments are spot on. This is the best source of wine information in terms of fact per pound (pound weight or pound money), containing more useful facts than most large glossy coffee-table style wine books. Coverage is best on the old world wine regions, especially Bordeaux, giving helpful info on recommended producers, which vintages are good and which are ready to drink. I think it's worth buying a new copy every 2 or 3 years.
Unfortunately there are several very blatant typographical errors in the 2008 edition, such as 'You have to had vines' in the new essay on Italian wines at the end, and several references to a Medoc classification table allegedly on page 96 but in fact non-existent.
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