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Hugh Johnson's Pocket Wine Book 2011 CD-ROM – 21 Jun 2010
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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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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, co-authored with Jancis Robinson, his Wine Companion, first published in 2003, and The Story of Wine. In his spare time he writes about gardening from his home in London.
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 !