The new annual Pocket Wine Book has been published by Mitchell Beazley, London. This is the mini-encyclopedia?written by Englishman, Hugh Johnson. It is the world’s largest selling wine book and is translated into many languages and sold around the world. Hugh Johnson is the world’s most distinguished and prolific wine writer.
This is the 2013 edition, published in August 2012, and it is the largest ever having grown to 336 pages.
Israel is placed in an Eastern Mediterranean section that also includes Cyprus, Lebanon and Turkey. There are 28 Israeli wines listed. The only addition is Amphorae, which returns after a few years absence.
Hugh Johnson does not believe in scores for wines, so instead rates wineries giving them between one to four stars (the maximum).
Both Domaine du Castel, Ramat Raziel, and Yatir Winery, Tel Arad, have retained their four star rating. This puts them in company with some of the finest wineries in the world.
The most successful jump was made by Recanati Winery, Emek Hefer, which has improved its rating. Recanati joins Carmel, Chateau Golan, Flam, Pelter and Tzora on to ?two to three stars?.
Teperberg and Tishbi have also advanced from the one star of last year.
?The full ratings from this year’s book are:
FOUR STARS ****
Domaine du Castel
? THREE TO FOUR STARS ***>****
? THREE STARS ***
Clos de Gat, Yarden, Margalit
? TWO TO THREE STARS **>***
Carmel, Chateau Golan, Flam, Pelter, Recanati, Tzora
TWO STARS **
Barkan-Segal, Chillag, Dalton, Galil Mountain, Lewinsohn, Saslove, Tulip, Vitkin
? ONE TO TWO STARS *>**
Agur, Amphorae, Avidan,? Binyamina, Ella Valley, Sea Horse, Tabor, Teperberg, Tishbi
Hugh Johnson is well-known for his classic books ?The Story of Wine? (on history), ?The World Wine Atlas?, which he now writes with Jancis Robinson MW, ?The Wine Companion?, and ?The Art and Science of Wine?. He has also written his autobiography ?Wine ? A Life Uncorked.?