- Hardcover: 296 pages
- Publisher: Mitchell Beazley; New edition edition (16 Sept. 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1840008954
- ISBN-13: 978-1840008951
- Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 1.6 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (135 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,818,576 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Hugh Johnson's Pocket Wine Book 2005 (Mitchell Beazley Drink) Hardcover – 16 Sep 2004
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If anyone should know what he's doing with a work of this kind, it's Hugh Johnson. Not much bigger than a bar of chocolate, his Pocket Wine Guide 2001 packs an extraordinary amount of highly organised information into its 280-odd pages. First published in 1977, this was the prototype for such miniature works of reference and it remains among the very best. Encyclopaedic in format, it concentrates on the major wine-producing countries, listing for each practically all the terms a wine drinker or buyer is likely to come across, be they grape varieties, appellations, significant wine towns, vineyards or wineries, major wine dealers and shippers or common items of local terminology. Of course, the main value of the guide lies in the thousands of pithy, authoritative assessments of individual wines and vintages. Johnson has evolved an easily apprehended system of rating by stars, with accompanying vintages printed in bold (for drinking now) or red (especially recommended for drinking in 2001) for emphasis. Although the lion's share of the guide is devoted to France, it is probably now true that most of the wine bought for everyday drinking is now from the New World or perhaps Eastern Europe. The extraordinary upheavals in the world of wine in recent years, and the overall world-wide improvement in quality, are as always reflected in this guide. It's fascinating to watch Hugh Johnson as it were scanning the horizon for change. --Robin Davidson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This special edition of a much-loved (and much-thumbed) guide celebrates the new millennium with predictions for the future of the wine world. Now in its 25th year of publication, this invaluable companion offers up-to-date news on more than 6,000 wines, growers and regions, plus detailed vintage notes revealing which wines to drink and which to keep. There is all the information you'll need to select anything from a weekday wine to a prestige vintage for investment. Also included are vintage charts, maps and unique insider tips on where to buy and consume wine when travelling. Expert tasting notes and hints on serving wine and matching wine with food complete the picture. Hugh Johnson's authorial voice is, as ever, warm, authoritative and enthusiastic - what bibber could resist? --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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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!
If forced to decide between them, it will be HJ - but by a very small glass of claret.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
As always - outstanding. Johnson's pocket guide is surely the most detailed and accurate on the market. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Harry
Bought for my wine loving ex - she never read it. Too busy drinking I guess.Published 11 months ago by Dean A. Wilkes
Succinct, yet with sharp - and sometimes witty, observationsPublished 14 months ago by Jeremy Fawcett
As ever, brilliantly useful little book. Its getting a bit chubby for a shirt pocket, but it is so interesting, balanced and fills in all the gaps that your memory can't! Read morePublished 15 months ago by Stedders