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Hugh Johnson's Pocket Wine Book 2010

The Ultimate Guide to Wine

by Hugh Johnson
Hugh Johnson's Pocket Wine Book 2010

Now in its 33rd year of publication, Hugh Johnson's Pocket Wine Book is better than ever. The 2010 edition contains all the sections we've come to expect, such as the latest scoop on more than 6,000 wines, maps, grape varieties, a guide to food and wine pairing, a short break-down of wine jargon and recommendations for the coming year, along with a new section featuring a selection of new brands and the author's 200 favorite wines from the last 12 months. This guide has also been updated and expanded with a fifteen-page, full-color supplement on wines from South America — a place of which Johnson says is the most dynamic wine-growing continent in the world.
 
The mid-section of the Pocket Wine Book is separated by country as well as by some specific regions, including France, Germany, California, Australia, the Pacific Northwest, Bordeaux and South Africa. Readers get recommendations on which vintages to cellar, to drink and to avoid in 2010. One of the most useful sections of the book is "Wine & Food," a simple guide to pairing. Although brief, it is a comprehensive and easy-to-use directory that includes first courses, fish, meat, poultry, game, vegetarian dishes, desserts, cheese, and food with fine wines. The "Food and Finest Wines" portion is for those whose meals are guided by the wine they want or have. For instance, if you have a red Bordeaux and don’t know what the ideal food match would be, Johnson offers suggestions for complementary dishes like rack of lamb and roast partridge.
 
This convenient encyclopedia of wine is condensed into a user-friendly, portable manual for easy referencing. For wine enthusiasts and collectors, amateurs and professionals, Hugh Johnson’s formula of insight and critical appraisal comprises one of the best guides available.

Reviewed by Cara Trump


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