This Is the Best-Selling Wine Book of All Time

Unsurprisingly, wine books are a tough sell, but one exception to the rule is Hugh Johnson’s Pocket Book of Wine, a guide whose continual runaway success has spanned 38 years and 11 million copies. Johnson’s guide-style, pocket-sized compendium—which is newly available for 2015—is one format that allows entry into the wine world via lists curated according to region with abbreviated descriptions of notable producers and vintages to try. According to the Los Angeles Times, part of this format’s success can be attributed its pre-Internet notoriety when audiences still relied on print guides to reference anything from restaurant reviews (Michelin Guide) or simple directions along a road trip (AAA Atlas). It’s comforting to know that print still thrives in some fields. [Los Angeles Times]