Hugh Johnson's Pocket Wine Book 2009 Hardcover – 1 Sep 2008
Customers who bought this item also bought
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Would you like to tell us about a lower price?
If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?
Simply the best concise wine reference. David Sexton, London Evening Standard
32nd edition of the global best-seller. Over 10 million copies sold worldwide. The UK's number one annual wine guide. Completely revised and updated for 2009, with fresh introductions and new feature boxes for every country. 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.See all Product description
Top customer reviews
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!
It's worth obtaining for that reason, but it is written for someone who already appears to have some wine knowledge and by that a fair amount so you may find yourself looking at the book and cross referencing google. Or at least that is what my husband does, but then again when he wants to learn about something, it's pretty much all or nothing!
This book is diametrically opposite the Jancis Robinson 24 hour book but I would suggest that you buy both they complement each other very well; there may well be a slight overlap but they fill in each others gaps very well.
I have bought a few books on wine for my husband so my reviews reflect what he has reported back to me - you can read more of my reviews through clicking onto my name and I would recommend that you get Ms Robinson's book as well - The 24-Hour Wine Expert
As I drink wines frequently I like to keep up to date.It would be reasonable to buy this book every two or three years if you want a portable efficient guide without needing to be bang up todate., I can't remember how long I have been buying this guide-it goes everywhere with me !
Would you like to see more reviews about this item?
Most recent customer reviews
Look for similar items by category