'Hugh Johnson accepted his Lifetime Achievement Award from the Institute of Masters of Wine and the drinks business.
'Hugh Johnson OBE accepts his Lifetime Achievement Award at Vinexpo.
Johnson looked back on his career as a “scribbler” that started with a Vogue article in 1960 about wine pairings for turkey and was nurtured by a friendship with “my patron, my inspiration”, the food and wine writer André Simon.
'His ventures since have ranged from creating The World Atlas of Wine to presidency of the Sunday Times Wine Club, an advisory seat on the board of Château Latour and the foundation of Royal Tokaji.
'Praising the Master of Wine qualification of “the gold standard”, Johnson highlighted the early path laid by Simon as “effectively the founder of wine education in London”. However, he also noted the importance of The World Atlas of Wine, first published in 1971 in partnership with Jancis Robinson MW, for developing people’s understanding and appreciation of wine.' (article continues)