Hugh introduces the 40th edition (Mitchell Beazley, 356 pages, £11.99) thus:
'Everyone asks what to look for next – what country or region is on the rise? They all are: I can't think of a kind of wine that is getting worse - or any not getting better. My counter-question is does it really matter? Are you desperate to be the first in a new trend, or just to get a good bottle at a good price? Pat a premium for a famous name, of course, or something irrationally fashionable, but find a taste you really like: that's the object.
Hugh Johnson's Pocket Wine Book 2017 will be published on 8th September. Also to be published by Mitchell Beazley on 8th is Hugh Johnson on Wine Good Bits from 55 years of scribbling (£20).