The Life and Wines of Hugh Johnson
He’s like a good astrophysicist who can describe the universe without losing the wonder that comes from staring at a starry night
Eric Asimov (chief wine critic, The New York Times)
‘Brilliantly written… no one writes tauter, tighter springier and fresher sentences about wine than Johnson.’
‘Part memoir, part travel writing, and deeply imbued with the love of the vine’
Independent on Sunday
‘Johnson has always been the master of the pen.’
Giles MacDonogh, Decanter
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THE LIFE AND WINES OF HUGH JOHNSON
In this unique approach to understanding wine, Hugh Johnson, the world’s best-loved wine author, weaves the story of his own epic wine journey with an embracing view of everything he has discovered along the way. Almost without realising it, the reader is drawn into a fascinating world; with each page turned, knowledge is gained and wine wisdom absorbed. Hugh takes us from the teetering ledges of the Mosel and majestic châteaux of the Médoc to the sylvan slopes of Windsor Great Park with a spring in his step and a tasting glass at the ready.
No one writes so infectiously on every aspect of wine, whether human or cultural, technical or historical. This book is peppered with anecdotes and personal recollections, infused with the sheer delight Hugh finds in his subject. It is a book with a story to tell and a mastery of wine to impart.
- First published in 2005 as Wine, A Life Uncorked, this new edition has been updated by Hugh to take in two decades of change in the wine world.
- The First Duty of wine: getting to know the luxury red wine icons Bordeaux and Burgundy (which has the lion’s share in Hugh’s cellar).
- Technical Stuff: Hugh learns about winemaking the hard way: by growing and making it his own French Sauvignon Gris.
- The Wilder Shores of Wine: tracking wine’s origins in Georgia, the cradle of viticulture.
- The Bordeaux Persuasion: from the Médoc to Martha’s Vineyard – Hugh seeks out the world’s great Cabernet Sauvignon-based reds.
- NEW Foreword by Eric Asimov
- NEW Digestif! In this new chapter, Hugh reveals the wines that give him the most pleasure – the bottles he keeps in his cellar today.
- NEW On ‘Bubbly’: Hugh finds sparkling wine perfection among the grandes marques of Champagne and the fashionable new fizz of our own English vineyards.
After a year as travel editor of The Sunday Times he became editor of Queen, and in 1969 James Mitchell of the newly founded publishing house Mitchell Beazley asked him to write The World Atlas of Wine. First published in 1971, this book has been translated into 14 languages and sold over four million copies. He is the world’s bestselling wine writer.
In 2007 Hugh Johnson received an OBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list. His OBE was awarded for services to winemaking and horticulture. In April 2004 Hugh was honoured with the title of Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mérite, one of the highest tributes bestowed by the French Government. The medal was presented to Hugh for his significant contribution to the appreciation and understanding of France and its wines.
Publication Date: 27 June, 2022