I like to think that I have the average pocket, but according to Hugh Johnson I may not have because his new edition of the `Hugh Johnson's Pocket Wine Book 2014' is a little too long and thin for me. `2014' may be slightly less of a pocket edition than it used to be, but that does not stop it from being an excellent resource for the wine lover. The book opens with an introduction from the man himself about the recent trends and future direction of wine across the world. More importantly, you also get a mini guide on how to use the book itself.
This is much needed as `2014' is crammed with details of wine produced across the globe. You can look up a supplier, the type of wine they produce and there will likely be a score telling you the standard of the drink. As a non-wine expert the book was a little full on at times and had me lost at first. However, to cater more for this novice reader `2014' has included a star system for good wines that can be found at a reasonable price. This is far more to my liking! I also liked the guide to what wine to drink with what food, very useful.
As with so many annual books `2014' is only good for 12 months, so buy it early if you are going to. There is a little added value at the end of the book with an article on some of the latest trends in wine growing. This basically gives you an idea of the type of person that will get the most out of the book; wine connoisseur or knowledgably novice. For this person, a copy of `Hugh Johnson's Pocket Wine Book 2014' would be a great addition to help them choose the correct wine.