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Jancis Robinson's Guide to Wine Grapes Hardcover – October 24, 1996

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Jancis Robinson writes a regular column on wine for the Wine Spectator, the world's largest circulation wine magazine, and for The Financial Times.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; Poc edition (October 24, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0198600984
  • ISBN-13: 978-0198600985
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.6 x 3.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #161,547 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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One of a handful of wine communicators with an international reputation, Jancis Robinson writes daily for JancisRobinson.com (voted first-ever Wine Website of the Year in the Louis Roederer International Wine Writers Awards 2010), weekly for The Financial Times, and bi-monthly for a column that is syndicated around the world. She is also editor of The Oxford Companion to Wine, co-author with Hugh Johnson of The World Atlas of Wine, co-author of Wine Grapes - A complete guide to 1,368 vine varieties, including their origins and flavours, each of these books recognized as a standard reference worldwide.

An award-winning TV presenter, she is invited all over the world to conduct wine events and act as a wine judge. In 1984 she was the first person outside the wine trade to pass the rigorous Master of Wine exams and in 2003 she was awarded an OBE by Her Majesty the Queen, on whose cellar she now advises.

She loves and lives for wine in all its glorious diversity, generally favouring balance and subtlety over sheer mass.

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By A Customer on February 11, 1997
Format: Hardcover
Successor to Robinson's large-format "Vines, Grapes and Wines," this delightful little book sorts out the world of wine not geographically, as encyclopedias usually do, but on the basis of grapes. Chock full of information about grapes from the commonplace (Chardonnay) to the bizarre (Refosco dal Peduncolo Rosso), this pocket-size book is a must for the wine-trivia lover or the serious wine fancier
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By A Customer on September 22, 1999
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What can you say about the most comprehensive encyclopaedia of wine grapes written by the world's foremost expert on the subject, when that person also happens to be a clear and charming writer as well? If you want to know about grapes, find out from the woman who has offered her entire cellar to the person who can outstrip her knowledge on the subject. Wonderful!
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After a trip to the Napa/Sonoma wine country, we were wondering: What's the actual difference between the grape varieties used to make wine? This little book provided the perfect reference, not only telling us what the different grapes were, but also where they come from, how they were developed, and the characteristics of their wines. The only thing missing are photos... Jancis Robinson describes the grapes but a picture is worth a thousand words.

This tall, skinny volume could easily slip into a purse or bag when wine shopping. Or you can simply read it at home. Don't let the fact that it's out of print bother you. Simply order a used copy. The grapes don't change, and the information is not out of date.
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Jancis Robinson's Guide to Wine Grapes is a phenomenally useful resource.
It remains one one of the most used reference books, small as it is, in my quite extensive Wine and Food collection. It also remains accurate after all these years, but bearing in mind the DNA developments and discoveries of recent years, a re-editing would be hugely welcome. Do not let this gem slip out of your grasp!
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This, in my opinion, is an excellent little book to take with you wine tasting and just to browse and acquaint yourself with all the varietals and where they they originated. The ratings, I thought, were rather subjective-one likes what they like, but the real value is in understanding the European roots of the wine we enjoy in the U.S. I only wish it could be updated, although I doubt much could be added.
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With more than 10,000 varieties of wine grapes, you need this book at your side as you explore new wines.
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I had wanted a copy for some time, but did not check availabilty of 'used' copies.
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It's a shame this book is out of print, because I use my copy all the time. Whenever I run across a wine based on a grape I don't recognize I turn to this book. Sometimes I learn about a new grape, and sometimes I learn a new name for a grape I already know. But I always find succinct information about the grape, where it is grown, and what qualities it imparts in a wine. If you have a chance, grab a copy!
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