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.
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
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!
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!
As a wine blogger, I was happy to receive my copy of Jancis Robinson's Guide to Wine Grapes. I had 'heard' it was a good one to have in my resource arsenal. This used copy arrived on time, appearing nearly new--and I've consulted it at least twice a week ever since!