Hugh Johnson's Modern encyclopedia of wine

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Simon and Schuster, Oct 1, 1983 - Cooking - 544 pages
Hugh Johnson's Modern Encyclopedia of Wine, Fourth Edition, is divided into three sections: Modern Wine; Wines, Vineyards, and Winemakers of the World; and Enjoying Wine. The section on Modern Wine reviews the state of wine today and evaluates modern trends in viticulture and vinification. Throughout this section, Hugh Johnson provides the foundation of information needed to understand the way wines are made now and how the combination of classic and new technology has honed winemaking, from grape to glass. The heart of the Modern Encyclopedia of wine follows, covering the vineyards and winemakers of the world, organized by region. All of the major winemaking countries are included here, from the classic and emerging regions of France, Spain, Italy, and Germany to the new stars of Chile, Australia, and South Africa and the lesser-known producers of Morocco, Israel, and Russia. Hugh Johnson introduces each region with an overview of its winemaking traditions, major characteristics, strengths, and weaknesses. The best and most significant producers of each region are discussed in fascinating detail, complete with tasting notes. With a total of 7,000 entries, Johnson provides a thorough overview of the world of wine today. The last section, Enjoying Wine, covers how best to choose, buy, and store wine. Johnson discusses how to match wine with food and in which style of glass. He even advises how to get the most out of wine, with tips on how to taste and savor it to best effect.

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User Review  - JayLivernois - LibraryThing

Useful in its time, but 25 years later, as these kind of books will, it has become dated. However, the information on second bottlings in France is still invaluable. Read full review


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The Vine 17 The Classic Grapes 18 France 20 Italy 23 Germany

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