Since he started writing about wine in the 1960s, Hugh Johnson has sold 20 million books. As a new edition of The Story of Wine touches down, Sophie Thorpe talks to the best-selling author about a lifetime spent telling – and selling – the stories behind every bottle
He certainly is, thank god! Just bought his 2021 Wine Pocket book, which is a fab source and fun to read, as always. Except for the mistake of putting Roter Veltliner as both a red (horror!) and white grape. And stating that Roussette de Savoie is made from Roussette (should be Altesse, no?). But other than that - perfection.
EDIT: just checked and some still call Altesse ‘Roussette’, so he’s off on this count