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The Story of Wine

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The winner of every wine book award in Britain and the U.S..In tiffs fascinating book, Hugh Johnson, the world's best-selling wine author. traces the story of wine from the dawn of civilization through the bacchanalian splendor of the ancient world to the present day.

In his incomparable style that combines wit, insight and anecdote, Hugh Johnson tells us about classical dr
Paperback, 480 pages
Published June 1st 1997 by Mitchell Beazley (first published 1989)
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Aug 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Charming, breezy, and, like the proverbial iceberg, resting on an even more substantial bed of knowledge and experience. Not encyclopedic, but rich nonetheless.
Ed Downs
Jun 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cuando inicié mi carrera en la industria del vino, siempre pensé en que quizás algún día podría plasmar mis intereses humanistas escribiendo un libro donde se tratase en profundidad cómo el vino se imbrica con la historia universal. Un análisis que no hablase solamente del vino y su estilo, sino cómo influía en el comercio, la política, la sociedad e, incluso la salud. Aquel libro, un proyecto vital, tendría que ser un profundo análisis hermenéutico, donde cada estilo de vino se analizase desde ...more
Dec 31, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow, Mr. Johnson and his spider-like eyebrows have produced another pillar of wine literature. If you've seen his BBC series on the history of wine, this book repeats some content, but elaborates on more. Each chapter has a chronological and geographical theme, masterfully researched and almost humorously written. A must-have for any serious wine lover, drinker, or professional.
Alice Verberne
Jan 17, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-about-wine
Hugh Johnson is the expert on wine. Another of those amazing people who has published a major work while so very young. This book is a lovely coffee-table book but it would be a pity to not actually read it. I highly recommend it for those who love history and wine.
Jul 28, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
a comprehensive guide to the history of wine. grape wine that is, they don’t go much into sake or wines made from other products, though some are mentioned. it goes through many countries and time periods and was overall very readable for a history text.
Great fun. Short topic. Comprehensive, but without being scholarly.
Aug 06, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gastronomy
Hugh Johnson's other books on wine are reliable and informative, serving as references, etc. This one is a great read as well.
Serge Pierro
Jul 23, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: food-and-wine
An excellent overview on the history of wine. Well written and deeply researched.
Donna Gough
Sep 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Great book. Loved the television series that went with it (available only on DVD at the moment, I believe).
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Hugh Johnson, younger son of a London lawyer, began his life-long passion for wine in all its variety as a member of the Wine & Food Society at Cambridge University, where he gained an Honours Degree in English literature. When he left King's College in 1961 he became a feature writer for Vogue and House & Garden, writing, among other articles, travel and wine columns for both magazines and their ...more

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