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Hugh Johnson on Wine: Book Review

A journey through the evolution of wine. Hugh Johnson, perhaps the world’s most influential wine journalist, returns with his latest masterpiece, Hugh Johnson on Wine: Good Bits from 55 Years of Scribbling.

The book chronicles his take on the development of wine through the decades in a unique voice-honesty with a side of dry humor, perfect with a glass of dry white wine.

Go back in time and revisit the 1960’s, where Bordeaux was king, and Mexican tequila arrived in Europe. Fast forward to the 1990’s, a time Johnson calls “a spot of prosperity,” and a “long overdue revival of Germany’s wines.” Learn fascinating tidbits about Johnson himself and take an unforgettable trip through the ages and regions of the world alongside him.

To call Johnson a wine expert would be an understatement. He’s been writing about wine for six decades, solidifying his landmark author status when he was just twenty-seven years old with his book Wine. Many might think it challenging to keep the subject of wine from becoming, shall we say, dry, but Johnson embraces the challenge with a fresh new take on the beloved beverage.

He wrote his first book, Wine, because he could not find a wine publication that he thoroughly enjoyed reading. Fast-forward 51 years, and everybody knows his name. His book The Pocket Wine Guide has sold over 10 million copies worldwide, and he is now considered the best-selling wine author in the world.

In his newest book, Johnson shares his fondness for champagne with the witty phrase:

“The person who comes up with another name for sparkling wine as evocative and snappy as Champagne, without taking in vain the name of the French province and its produce, is my candidate for the next Nobel Peace Prize.”

Get Hugh Johnson on Wine, available now for $25.

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