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Hugh Johnson's Pocket Encyclopedia of Wine (Hugh Johnson's Pocket Wine Book)

Johnson, Hugh

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ISBN 10: 0671527401 / ISBN 13: 9780671527402
Verlag: Simon & Schuster Books, New York, 1984
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Titel: Hugh Johnson's Pocket Encyclopedia of Wine (...

Verlag: Simon & Schuster Books, New York

Erscheinungsdatum: 1984

Einband: Hard Cover

Zustand:Fine

Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Near Fine

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Revised and updated for the new millennium, Hugh Johnson's Pocket Encyclopedia of Wine 2000 is the essential reference for every wine enthusiast. This 23d edition gives expert help in choosing a wine for every occasion and every budget.

With current information on more than 6,000 wines, growers, and regions worldwide, the Pocket Encyclopedia is packed with advice to assist you in wine selection, whether in stores or restaurants, for cellaring, or for special events. Extensive coverage -- from reemerging European growing regions to the newest additions in the United States -- will introduce even the experienced oenophile to little-known finds, while detailed entries clarify information for the novice.

Johnson names the top-valued wines from every country and highlights those to drink in 2000, with predictions for wines to watch for in the future. Also included are regional maps, label guides, and vintage charts, along with fascinating entries on the history, production, and appreciation of wine. Hugh Johnson's Pocket Encyclopedia of Wine 2000 is the peerless standard of wine guides, a crucial addition to the library of every wine lover, devotee, and connoisseur.

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Hugh Johnson is the Grand Old Man of wine writing. For nearly a quarter of a century--during which there's been an exponential growth in the number of Napa wineries--Johnson has been distilling the entire world of wine into Hugh Johnson's Pocket Encyclopedia of Wine 2000. This is the 23rd edition of this lively, biased, Eurocentric, and highly informative compact reference.

Johnson's foreword to this "micro-encyclopedia" (his term) states his intention to craft a nontheoretical, practical volume "designed to take the panic out of buying." He candidly declares his business interests in both Chateau Latour and Hungary's Royal Tokaji Wine Co., and admits that his information is culled from various sources. This edition begins with chapters on grape varieties, with information ranging from the astute ("Trebbiano: Mostly thin, bland wine; needs blending [or more careful growing]") and the contentious (his idea that Sangiovese has top-quality potential in California would probably come as a surprise to the Napa growers who've been struggling with it for years) to the incomplete (no mention of Zinfandel's relation to Italy's Primitivo) and the just plain wrong (Syrah and Petite Sirah are not the same grape). The "Wine and Food Matches" chapter is just as idiosyncratic. The best match for kippers? "A good cup of tea, preferably Ceylon (no milk, no sugar)." And hamburger? "Bulgarian Cabernet. Or Coke or Pepsi (not Diet)." By the time he suggests that you pour expensive Margaux claret on your strawberries, you may want to skip right to the alphabetized chapters, arranged by country, which comprise the heart of Hugh Johnson's Pocket Encyclopedia of Wine 2000. Wine terms, grape growers, wineries, geography, maps, opinions on top vintages, advice on when to drink them--this is the stuff that'll have your copy dog-eared and falling apart just in time for next year's edition. --Tony Mason

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