The world of wine changes radically every year: New vintages are released, prices and availability fluctuate, and new regions and even new countries emerge as players on the winemaking scene. That's why the best wine guides are updated yearly, and it's worth replacing the previous edition with the new one each year. Hugh Johnson's Pocket Encyclopedia of Wine the most popular pocket wine guide around reflects the most important changes each time it's updated. The 1999 edition has just been released.
The same features that make Hugh Johnson's guide the bestseller in the field are present intact, fully updated for the year to come: The entries are organized by country and region, described and rated, with classic vintages and the ones to drink in '99 highlighted; every significant area is covered, including France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Switzerland, Austria, California, the Pacific Northwest, South Africa, New Zealand, Australia, South America, and even central and southeast Europe, Asia, and North Africa. A quick-reference vintage chart, a glossary of terms and grape varietals, comprehensive advice on matching wine with food, regional maps, label guides, and a section of "Wines for Toasting the Millennium" all add to this slim yet comprehensive little book's usefulness. Whether you're navigating a restaurant's wine list or buying bottles for cellaring, everyday drinking, or special occasions, Hugh Johnson's Pocket Encyclopedia of Wine , is the only reference you'll ever need. Don't leave home without it.