Hugh Johnson's Wine Companion: The Encyclopedia of Wines, Vineyards & Winemakers - 6th Edition Hardcover – 7 Sep 2009
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"it should be said, dispassionately but categorically, that Hugh Johnson's Wine Companion is the finest book ever written on that subject." John Arlott, Guardian
"An excellent reference for the serious wine drinker." Chicago Sun-Times
Fully revised and updated The first ever edition to contain full colour sections, including colour maps and photographs 128 extra pages packed with information The number of producers listed has been increased by 15% since the last edition Includes new glossaries for every wine region of the world Includes a new section on matching food and wineSee all Product description
Top customer reviews
It is clearly aimed at the enthusiast or the professional though rather than the casual wine lover. It is a superb reference book, one to come back to again and again.
There is loads of regional detail, especially on the Old World, and excellent information on wine making and grape varieties. For an Italophile like me, its fantastic to have a fully comprehensive list of all DOC wines, and indigenous grapes for every region.
The only slight shortcoming is the overview of key producers for each region, which is fairly brief, and only really covers the main producers, not so much of the 'under the radar' small independents which can be such a joy to find. Best to seek out specialist merchants for those, though.
Overall, an essential volume for the serious wine enthusiast.
It is well written and easy to follow. I used it in conjunction with Jancis Robinson's Wine Course and her wine encylopaedia as back up material to my course.
It's an easy read, well laid out and easy to reference.
And I do like the design and quality of the book. Advise you to buy it in hard cover, this is the kind of book that is extremely useful to keep in your home library to review and read articles from it periodically.
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