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Hugh Johnson's Pocket Wine Book 2016 Hardcover – 3 Sep 2015

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  • 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)

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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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By hfffoman TOP 500 REVIEWER on 31 Dec. 2015
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I gave this to someone for Christmas. They said: "I have always wanted to know what is the difference between all these wines on the supermarket shelves, and never knowing what they would taste like and what food they would go with. With the help of this little gem, I can. It is very detailed and covers all of the varieties - from Latin America to Middle East, Europe and Asia and Australia/New Zealand. It will help you discover the history behind, which grape varieties are new, which are classic, which food each goes best with. Wines to watch and collect, vintage, and wines to drink in 2016".

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.
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I am a recent convert to fine wines and was keen to read this book. Firstly its pocket sized so it is an easy reference to carry around with you when you are shopping or to have a quick read when travelling on a bus or train. It is well researched and covers a large number of wines and gives details of taste, region and strength. Regrettably , though one can't expect it, it does not cover all popular wines and I bought a few bottle of fine wines from Waitross which where not in the book (purchased prior to receiving the book I might add).

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.
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By Peppers #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 27 Dec. 2015
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I am reviewing this book as someone who really knows little about wine but is happy to be a bit adventurous especially with the "safety net" of the advice in this book around me.

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.
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By M. Dowden HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 22 Dec. 2015
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I will admit that the last time I bought one of these guides was a few years ago, so I was very happy to be given the chance of reviewing the 2016 edition. When it comes to wine you can’t really do better than having this handy little guide with you, and this is much better than those that wine clubs hand out to their members. This is a hardback edition that won’t get damaged easily, and is slim enough to fit into a pocket, although I should point out it is taller than your smartphone. One thing that I need to stress to people who have never had this wine book before is that the print is relatively small, as so much is fitted into here, so please be warned if you think that you may have problems reading this.

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.
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