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 
£30 

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...