Ian D’Agata Named Alsace Wines Editor for Hugh Johnson’s Pocket Wine Book

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TasteSpirit Chief Scientific Officer and TerroirSense Wine Review Editor-in-Chief Ian D’Agata, one of the world’s top dozen wine experts and critics, has been put in charge of the wines of Alsace section of the world’s best selling wine guide, Hugh Johnson’s Pocket Wine Book. The guide has sold more than 12 Million copies worldwide and 45 editions. D’Agata has been visiting and writing about Alsace and it’s wineries for one to two months a year for the past twenty years, and is generally considered to be the world’s top English-language Alsace wine expert. Already in charge of the Italy section of the guide for the past six years, Ian D’Agata has written the Alsace chapter as well for this year’s edition of the Hugh Johnson Pocket Wine Book.

“Needless to say I am very proud and happy about this honour. I have been drinking Alsace wines regularly since my teens and know all the producers there very well, have guided over a hundred masterclasses on Alsace wines over the years and regularly feature then in the courses of the TerroirSense Wine Academy that I direct and an President of here in Shanghai. I am very grateful that Hugh Johnson, Margaret Rand, and their team have asked me to take over this prestigious assignment, and I will do my best not just for the guide but also to showcase and highlight all that is great about Alsace’s wines, its great people, and amazing diversity of terroirs”.

Ian D'Agata

Editor-in-Chief of Terroir Sense Wine Review
President of Terroir Sense Academy
Vice President of Association Internationale des Terroirs
Chief Scientific Officer of TasteSpirit

Ian D’Agata has been writing and educating about wines for over thirty years. Internationally recognized as an distinguished expert, critic and writer on many wine regions, his two most recent, award winning books Native Wine Grapes of Italy and Italy's Native Wine Grape Terroirs (both published by University of California Press) are widely viewed as the "state of the art" textbooks on the subject. The former book won the Louis Roederer International Wine Awards Book of the Year in 2015 and was ranked as the top wine books of the year for the Los Angeles Times, the Financial Times and the New York Times, while the latter was named among the best wine books of the year by Food & Wine Magazine and the NY Times.

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