An Evening with Hugh Johnson

Hugh Johnson, ‘the wine writer with the magic pen’, to quote Jancis Robinson, has fundamentally changed how we think about wine. He makes it accessible and fun and exciting. Join Hugh in conversation with Margaret Rand, on behalf of World of Fine Wine magazine, and Adam Brett-Smith, Managing Director of Corney & Barrow who will be tasting 6 of Hugh’s favourite wines with him.

Held at the beautiful and historic Vintners’ Hall, guests will receive a copy of Hugh’s newly published memoirs – The Life and Wines of Hugh Johnson, published by Académie du Vin Library – as part of the ticket price*, as well as tasting the wines themselves.

Wines will include a glass of Pol Roger champagne and a wine from Royal Tokaji, the company that Hugh founded.

Hugh Johnson has sold over 20 million books worldwide, leading the literature of wine in many new directions over a 60-year career. His rare talent for making the most complex subjects readable has led to a remarkable sequence of books including The World Atlas of Wine, Wine Companion and his much-loved annual Pocket Wine Book, which he has now handed over to Margaret Rand.

Margaret Rand edits the annual Hugh Johnson’s Pocket Wine Book, and also writes for World of Fine Wine and In four decades of wine-writing she has won various awards and written various books, including Grapes & Wines (2001) and 101 Wines to Try Before You Die (2018).

Adam Brett-Smith is the Managing Director of Corney & Barrow. He says ‘it was incredibly hard for me to get into the wine industry, in fact, Corney & Barrow turned me down three times before I persuaded them to take me on. Several decades later and I still feel honoured to be at the helm of a company which places relationships (with customers and Estates) at the heart of all we do. Such integrity has helped us survive the last 200 years and I expect those values will sustain us well into the future.’

The event can also be accessed virtually, both live and by viewing the recording later at your convenience. Amanda Selby of Drink with Me will be tasting the wines for people viewing remotely. Drink With Me is a community for like-minded lovers of wine, whisk(e)y and spirits to come together to share thoughts, discuss new releases, old favourites and find their next great drink.

In partnership with and with thanks to World of Fine WineCorney & Barrow, Royal Tokaji, Pol Roger and Drink with Me.

* Ticket price for two guests comes with one book but more will be available for sale on the night.

Event Details


Vintners' Hall, London EC4V 3BG


June 28, 2022 – 18:30-21:00 BST

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