Book reviews 2020 – memoirs and meanderings

The Story of Wine by Hugh Johnson – book cover

Tales from three very different wine writers.

The Story of Wine 
From Noah to now 
Hugh Johnson 
Académie du Vin Library 
ISBN 9781913141066 

In the mid eighties, Hugh Johnson managed to persuade producer Michael Gill and Channel 4 to let him make a TV series on the history of wine from its birth to the (then) current craze of Beaujolais Nouveau. He employed a young Cambridge history graduate to assist him with the research and then set off on a trip round the world, from Georgia to Japan, with a camera crew in tow. Two years later, thousands of...