- Hardcover: 336 pages
- Publisher: Mitchell Beazley (3 Sept. 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1845339878
- ISBN-13: 978-1845339876
- Product Dimensions: 13.6 x 2.3 x 14.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (108 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 65,781 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Hugh Johnson's Pocket Wine Book 2016 Hardcover – 3 Sep 2015
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Hugh Johnson's Pocket Wine Book is the bestselling wine guide on the market.
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, The Story of Wine and Hugh Johnson on Wine. In his spare time he writes about gardening from his home in London.
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Top Customer Reviews
I am not quite as enthusiastic. It is packed with detailed information in small print, mostly organised in alphabetical order. That makes it good for looking up a wine but it is not structured in a friendly way for beginners and it isn't interesting to read or browse. For example, my favourite section is the one headed "If you like this, try this", but it is the shortest section in the book, covering only 8 wines.
For a newbie it does go into a lot of detail I do not require but it does point me in teh right direct of good wines which need not be expensive in most cases.
I believe this is an annual edition and I may not buy next years as I am sure there cannot be that many changes but it certainly will be hady to keep with me when I am on the look out for a nice tipple.
In terms of format the book is compact although personally find the font a little small but the layout is easy to navigate especially with the help of the section "how to use this book" section. What I also like is that despite the fact that Hugh Johnson is one the world's top experts on wine there is nothing snobby or condescending about the style of writing, in fact, the reverse is true with a section such as "If You Like This, Try This".
Also, unlike certain other books I've seen this text is genuinely comprehensive and it doesn't seem skewed in its coverage of any one country or by being US or European centric. It's a book I just love to browse and I love the occasional panels that are inset such as "Prosecco by Numbers" or "the Clue is in the Name" which give you interesting facts relevant to the region of type of wine in the listings. There are also plenty of other extras such as Vintage Reports, What goes with What in terms of wine and food etc.
In summary, whether you are wine novice or expert I can't really see how you could be without this book even if you use only it as a benchmark for your own choices and experiences in the world of wine. Again, this little book reminds me of how much effort and research goes into producing a quality book which is then sold for a ridiculously low price as is the case here. Recommended.
A number of abbreviations are used here to help save space, but these are listed and are easy to flip back to if you forget what certain ones are. Along with lists of wines from throughout Europe, you also have the Americas, both North and South as well as South Africa, Australia and New Zealand, so you have thousands of different wines here. There is information on each country, what there is new happening, and winemakers to keep an eye on.
As well as all the above there are pieces on wine and the future, vintages, what wines to best go with meals, as well as aperitifs, and what to have with different cheeses. We look back here at the vintages from 2013 and 2014, and there is a piece on different varieties of grapes and if you are looking for something a bit different, what other wines to try if you like a certain type. Also at the rear of this is a quite detailed look at Riesling.
In all this is thoroughly comprehensive and you can’t really go wrong with this.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Whilst I don't think Johnson is as good as the wine spectator or advocate, I do think that this is the best pocket sized guide available - and a very good 'stocking filler' too!Published 2 months ago by kieran s bideleux
Again, bought for a friend who loves his wine. Good wee book, full of great information. He loved it.Published 3 months ago by Laineyloos
This book disappoints, it has very poor structure and is in a tiny print that is very difficult to read. It uses lots of abbreviations which are not necessary at all. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Shadda
Can take a little while to work out how to retrieve the info you're looking for.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
I have had copies of this book for many years and it is still the best. Many years ago I took a copy to Germany and spent some great days out visiting the vineyards Hugh... Read morePublished 5 months ago by R. Mason
As a past user of this guide, it's gratifying to find that it's still the best guide to buying wine, that there is.Published 6 months ago by Nick V.