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Jancis Robinson's Wine Course


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Product Details

  • Actors: Jancis Robinson
  • Format: Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Wellspring Media
  • DVD Release Date: March 16, 2004
  • Run Time: 300 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: B00015YV5O
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #219,064 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

  • The five-hour series on two discs
  • Wine maps
  • Wine quiz
  • Jancis' favorites

Editorial Reviews

Over the course of five videos, Jancis Robinson gives us a basic understanding of wine: how it is made, how to appreciate it, how to properly store, open, and drink it. Robinson is an expert in the field, editor of The Oxford Companion to Wine, as well as a columnist for the Wine Spectator. These tapes, though, are not just about the drink; just as interesting is her look into the people behind the wines. Each video introduces a new locale and the people who cultivate the grapes and turn them into nectar. Robinson never speaks down to her viewer--she points out that wine should not be a serious subject, that its point is to provide pleasure--although she is frequently a bit condescending to the vintners in her interviews, making the show all the more amusing. Some of the best moments occur when she offers a winemaker a taste of the competitor's wine--somehow they never think it is quite up their own standards. She revels in revealing the scandals and failures of the wine world, providing a gossipy feel. While the wine course is more than enough reason to watch this series, the cinematography is spectacular, beautifully highlighting the wine-growing regions of the world--from Australia to Chile to Oregon to Europe. Mixing history and culture with nuts and bolts, this set is a perfect place to start if you have little or no previous knowledge of wine. --Jenny Brown

Customer Reviews

I checked this course out of my local library, and suggest you do the same.
Marshal Berthier
Jancis Robinson's very reserved, yet witty sense of humor and passion for the world of wine is a wonderful complement to her thorough knowledge of the subject matter.
Destiny
Excellent well rounded presentation , stunning photography and of course, great wines all presented by a knowledgable entertaining wine lover, Jancis.
Lindsay J. Duff

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

72 of 77 people found the following review helpful By Brian Toronto on February 2, 2002
Format: DVD
This DVD series comes in a box set of 5 DVD's (2 series per DVD). The first DVD is an introduction to wine, with the second program being about the grape variety Chardonnay. DVD 2 is about Cabernet Sauvignon, and Sauvignon Blanc. DVD 3 Syrah/Shiraz, and Riesling. DVD 4 is about Pinot Noir, and Merlot. DVD 5 is about fizz, and grape invaders.
I first saw this BBC series on TV Ontario, a few years ago, and since I missed a few programs I decided to buy the series on DVD. I'm glad I did. Jancis takes a sensible view of wine, and wine tasting. This program is not for wine snobs, but for those people who want to know how to understand and appreciate wine in general. If you know how to taste a wine, then you'll know how to enjoy what appeals to your own taste buds, and not what you think you should like based on intimidations from others. You can also tell if someone tasting a wine knows what they are doing from the way they smell, and taste the wine to the way they hold the glass. Likewise if you order a wine in a good restaurant it helps to know if they are serving it correctly (in an appropriate glass, and at the right temperature), else they shouldn't be charging high prices for a product they don't know how to serve.
I always liked Julia Child because she taught the viewer the science of cooking. Jancis's Robinson does the same thing. She shows you the science of wine, and how it's made. I particularly like the program on fizz. It opened my mind to sparkling wines from other regions of the world other than France and champagne... especially since the series revealed that many of these sparkling wines from around the world are being produced with French methods by French companies.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ronald J. Benza on February 13, 2008
Format: DVD
An excellent series (BBC. Jancis Robinson brings a certain wit & British charm to the whole subject. She has an amazing ability to stand outside of the wine hype and almost view it as an outsider. The only thing is this: this series has a 1995 copyright. And a lot has happened in 13 years!
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Jireh Mak on November 30, 1998
Format: VHS Tape
Jancis Robinson has achieved what so few people do in the wine world; write about the wine with poise, humour and grace as well as educate and inspire. The descriptions are fantastic, the music is lovely and the views are absolutely breathtaking. From cork to barrels to grapes, she touches on each aspect of winemaking and how they influence the flavour. She takes you on a tour of all the classic winegrowing regions as well as the new upstarts. The winemakers are all prodded and interviewed gently for their woes and joys in making what, in Robinson's mind and mine, a nectar of the gods.
I first saw this video a year ago as a BBC publication in Australia so I can't remember all the details to comment on them. However, the ones I do remember I wouldn't want to ruin it for people. See the video, it's fun.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By "themjb" on January 17, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
I seldom score five stars, as most productions could be improved. But, Robinson's 5 videos--and I strongly recommend viewing all five--satisfy all the requirements of its mission; i.e., to introduce the novice to the history, culture, perspective and art of wine production and enjoyment. One cannot learn everything about wine from these or any videos; that is patently impossible. Rather, they provide a foundation from which one can develop an appreciation and understanding of the influence of and enjoyment to be derived from this subject.
If you believe that wine is merely a form of booze or a great marketing effort by the French or France and California are the only regions producing great wine or worse--e.g., believe the Fed's labels that moderate consumption of wine is deleterious to one's health--watch and listen to Jancis for five hours. You will travel the planet; explore wine from its roots to the noses of its most sophisticated artisans; better understand why wine consumption has decreased in France, while its best vineyards charge hundreds for a single bottle; why wine can improve with age; and--some would argue--why without terroir (roughly, the soul of the soil) a wine cannot be truly great.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 9, 1998
Format: VHS Tape
I bought this video series in Australia where it has recieved rave reviews. I've watched it three times and I can say it is candid, unstuffy yet still authoritative and humourous and immensely informative. Highlights include her interview with a French winemaker about the Australians and vice-versa; inside shots of Chateau Margaux; breathtaking views of the Rhine River valley; and a blind taste test with the winemaker for Moet-Chandon. As a trained journalist, the interviews and descriptions flow smoothly. As a holder of an MW, she knows what she's talking about. She's the only wine writer I've read who can peel the snobbery off the wine world and still leave all the glamour and fun.
Very highly recommended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ajay Date on December 11, 2008
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Good content. Explained nicely about 5 wine varieties. It's a good course for a beginner. It will increase the vocabulary and knowledge for sure!

However, the DVD quality is terrible. It looks as if the producers ran an old VHS tape and captured it on a DVD.
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