How many Hugh Johnson Pocket Wine Books do you own?

The place for all things wine, focused on serious wine discussions.

Moderators: Jenise, David M. Bueker, Robin Garr

How many Hugh Johnson Pocket Wine Books do you own?

Postby Jeff B » Thu Jun 06, 2013 12:46 am

I love his little pocketbooks and make it a point to buy one each year. I have one for each year going back to 2004. :)

Jeff
"Meeting Franklin Roosevelt was like opening your first bottle of champagne. Knowing him was like drinking it." - Winston Churchill
User avatar
Jeff B
Champagne Lover
 
Posts: 1905
Joined: Wed Sep 10, 2008 8:01 pm
Location: Michigan (perhaps more cleverly known as "The Big Mitten")

Re: How many Hugh Johnson Pocket Wine Books do you own?

Postby Tim York » Thu Jun 06, 2013 3:49 am

None. That doesn't mean I don't think them good; only that I'm shedding wine publications from my budget rather than adding them.
Tim York
Tim York
Wine guru
 
Posts: 3906
Joined: Tue May 09, 2006 3:48 pm
Location: near Lisieux, France

Re: How many Hugh Johnson Pocket Wine Books do you own?

Postby ChaimShraga » Thu Jun 06, 2013 6:03 am

I've bought them all since 2003, but I've handed out older ones to newbies, to lure them into the fold.
Positive Discrimination For White Wines!
http://2GrandCru.blogspot.com
User avatar
ChaimShraga
Wine guru
 
Posts: 816
Joined: Fri Oct 03, 2008 5:53 am
Location: Tel-Aviv, Israel

Re: How many Hugh Johnson Pocket Wine Books do you own?

Postby JC (NC) » Thu Jun 06, 2013 12:29 pm

I think I purchased one years ago. I also met Hugh Johnson once at a Les Amis du Vin dinner in Washington, DC.
JC (NC)
Lifelong Learner
 
Posts: 6079
Joined: Mon Mar 27, 2006 1:23 pm
Location: Fayetteville, NC

Re: How many Hugh Johnson Pocket Wine Books do you own?

Postby Brian Gilp » Thu Jun 06, 2013 12:40 pm

Two but both of them are pre-1995.
Brian Gilp
Wine guru
 
Posts: 1457
Joined: Tue May 23, 2006 6:50 pm

Re: How many Hugh Johnson Pocket Wine Books do you own?

Postby Peter May » Thu Jun 06, 2013 1:11 pm

I bought it when it first came out and for a very year afterwards for maybe fifteen years butthen lapsed. I did buy the 30th anniversary 2007 issue, and that' s the most recent I have.

OTOH - I have bought Platter's South African wine guide very year since 1996 and have them all in their multicoloured spines on my shelf here, plus the very first 1980 edition and the tenth anniversary 1990 edition.
User avatar
Peter May
Pinotage Advocate
 
Posts: 2147
Joined: Mon Mar 20, 2006 12:24 pm
Location: Snorbens, England

Re: How many Hugh Johnson Pocket Wine Books do you own?

Postby Carl Eppig » Thu Jun 06, 2013 6:55 pm

One, circa 1998; not good for much anymore!
Carl Eppig
Our Maine man
 
Posts: 4017
Joined: Tue Jun 13, 2006 2:38 pm
Location: Middleton, NH, USA

Re: How many Hugh Johnson Pocket Wine Books do you own?

Postby Robin Garr » Thu Jun 06, 2013 11:20 pm

I wish you had asked this question a couple of years ago, before I donated my older copies to the local library. At that point, I had them all from 1979 through 2013. :lol: In the early days, it was a pretty near indispensable reference, and it's still a darn good one, an awful lot of information loaded into a pocket-size volume, from a very decent fellow who seems better able to contain his ego than some of the Americans who stand on his shoulders whether they admit it or not.
User avatar
Robin Garr
Forum Janitor
 
Posts: 17185
Joined: Fri Feb 17, 2006 2:44 pm
Location: Louisville, KY

Re: How many Hugh Johnson Pocket Wine Books do you own?

Postby Jeff B » Thu Jun 06, 2013 11:54 pm

Robin Garr wrote:I wish you had asked this question a couple of years ago, before I donated my older copies to the local library. At that point, I had them all from 1979 through 2013. :lol: In the early days, it was a pretty near indispensable reference, and it's still a darn good one, an awful lot of information loaded into a pocket-size volume, from a very decent fellow who seems better able to contain his ego than some of the Americans who stand on his shoulders whether they admit it or not.

I get the same impression. He seems passionate about wine yet humble in his writing. It's the reason I look forward to his guides each year. It's like purchasing a friend. :)

Jeff
"Meeting Franklin Roosevelt was like opening your first bottle of champagne. Knowing him was like drinking it." - Winston Churchill
User avatar
Jeff B
Champagne Lover
 
Posts: 1905
Joined: Wed Sep 10, 2008 8:01 pm
Location: Michigan (perhaps more cleverly known as "The Big Mitten")

Re: How many Hugh Johnson Pocket Wine Books do you own?

Postby Jenise » Sat Jun 08, 2013 7:01 pm

None. When I first got serious about wine, they were indispensable, but I'm knowledgeable enough these days and the wines I'd likely need help with are the ones Hugh would need help with too!
My wine shopping and I have never had a problem. Just a perpetual race between the bankruptcy court and Hell.--Rogov
Jenise
FLDG Dishwasher
 
Posts: 26459
Joined: Tue Mar 21, 2006 3:45 pm
Location: The Pacific Northest Westest

Re: How many Hugh Johnson Pocket Wine Books do you own?

Postby Mark Lipton » Mon Jun 10, 2013 11:44 am

Because I'm a bit of a packrat, I've still got 7-8 of them from back when they were a requisite annual purchase (actually, I never bought any of them as it made for an easy Xmas present from my in-laws).

Mark Lipton
User avatar
Mark Lipton
Oenochemist
 
Posts: 4341
Joined: Wed Mar 22, 2006 2:18 pm
Location: Indiana

Re: How many Hugh Johnson Pocket Wine Books do you own?

Postby Bill Spohn » Mon Jun 10, 2013 12:20 pm

Gave all mine away years ago to students in some of my wine courses.
User avatar
Bill Spohn
He put the 'bar' in 'barrister'
 
Posts: 5043
Joined: Tue Mar 21, 2006 8:31 pm
Location: Vancouver BC


Return to The Wine Forum

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Bob Parsons Alberta and 10 guests