The new edition of the Hugh Johnson Pocket Wine Book has been released. This annual mini encyclopedia / wine guide was first published in 1977. It is by Hugh Johnson, arguably the world's most prolific wine writer. It is as near as one can get to a wine 'Michelin Guide', which ranks wineries rather than scoring individual wines.
Israel is shown as part of an Eastern Mediterranean section, sitting in between Cyprus and Lebanon. The 2019 mentions no less than 40 Israeli wineries. This is the most ever. The top rated winery is Tzora Vineyards with a maximum four stars, followed by Castel, Clos de Gat, Margalit and Sphera. Sphera has been promoted for the first time to three to four stars.
New wineries included this year are Ashkar, Lahat, Psagot, Seror, Tzuba and Vortman.
The Israeli representatives who assist Hugh Johnson with the Israeli entry are Adam Montefiore, wine writer for the Jerusalem Post, and Gal Zohar of IWSI (WSET education in Israel).