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Wine: A Life Uncorked Hardcover – 13 Oct 2005

4.8 out of 5 stars 233 customer reviews

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  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson; 01 edition (13 Oct. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780297843788
  • ISBN-13: 978-0297843788
  • ASIN: 0297843788
  • Product Dimensions: 19.5 x 3.7 x 25.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 233 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 232,536 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Johnson's erudition and love of language are apparent on every page... reading Johnson is a delight... Johnson's take on the wine world is intelligent, questioning and thoughtful.' (Tim Atkin OFF LICENCE NEWS )

'a masterpiece, richly composed' (David Sexton EVENING STANDARD )

'Johnson is still the only modern wine writer who makes memorable statements and writes quotable lines.' (DECANTER )

'This is partly a book of personal anecdotes about wine, and partly a travelogue of the wine world... This will sit neatly on the bookshelf beside Johnson's other major wine books, and certainly helps to put them in context.' (WINE INTERNATIONAL )

'With more than 40 years' experience, there is not much Hugh Johnson doesn't know about wine. The author charts the journey of wine from grape to cellar in this very readable personal history.' (SAINSBURY'S MAGAZINE )

'the urbane Johnson's wry elegant prose speaks of a more gracious, timeless world in which discrimination and imagination are free to roam. I suspect that Johnson's informative tome will be required reading in 50 years time for a broad brush perspective on wine in the late 20th century.' (Anthony Rose THE INDEPENDENT )

'Scholarly and discursive.' (Victoria Moore THE GUARDIAN )

'These memoirs have been well worth the wait. What sets him apart is his literary style. He can write - really write. He enthuses but doesn't gush, is opinionated but not dogmatic, and is a master of the succinct put-down... a celebration of wine and a life spent considering it.' (Joanna Simon SUNDAY TIMES )

'...his most charming and engaging book on wine... should be sipped with undiluted escapist pleasure... gloriously moreish ... he is at the peak of his powers, and paragraph after paragraph unfolds with such deft economy, such adept marshalling of detail, such intelligent use of elision, such polished narrative brio and ... such a keenly expressed sense of wonder that one's interest never flags... the choice recollections of one of the most fortunate and thoughtful wine drinkers in history.' (FINE WINE MAGAZINE )

'Every page contains what might be called numerous 'felicities' which add up to an incomparable lesson...' (Nicholas Faith HARPERS WINE & SPIRIT )


As the author learns about wine, so do we in this book full of candour and wit and fine writing. What makes one wine better than another?' and other fundamental questions, whether human or cultural, technical or historical, addressed in a wide-ranging and autobiographical book based on the author's enormous experience of the pleasures of wine. Tasting, keeping, savouring, cellaring, choosing, understanding, comparing, buying - the world of wine filtered through the vast knowledge of one of the greatest writers and practitioners, renowned throughout the world.

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