I love Hugh Johnson’s Pocket Wine Book. It has enthused me to start a fine wine collection. I started about 18 months ago and I’m trying to give myself a good grounding in the classics. It’s also helped me fine under a tenner gems.
It’s a brilliant resource I take everywhere with me. My nocturnal consultations with Hugh have almost caused marital disputes and have caused me to miss trains!
One of the things I love about TWS is that so many PWB recommendations are available through the society.
Reading PWB has become something of an obsession. Hugh is very influential on my buying choices. I wouldn’t spend more than £20 on a bottle without consulting Hugh.
Note: that’s not to say that if it’s not in the book I wouldn’t take the plunge, I have and been pleased to. It’s just that I would prefer to see if it’s there first…
Does anybody else love this book and carry it with them wherever they go?
Is it influential with anyone else?
Has it made anyone else put Chateau Rayas on the top of their bucket list of wines (there’s another thread there…)?
If you are a fellow Johnsonista, what are your best (or most disappointing) finds based on a PWB recommendation?
Does anybody have a similar affinity for any other wine reference books?