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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 840 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 3rd edition (October 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0198609906
  • ISBN-13: 978-0198609902
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 1.7 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,981 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Without question the most useful wine book ever published." --Mike Steinberger, Slate.com


"Serious wine geeks know that 'the bible' for the past decade or so has been Jancis Robinson's The Oxford Companion To Wine. The third edition...is impeccably researched and full of well-known facts as well as interesting trivia."--Wine Enthusiast.


"This is a must-have book for wine geeks...highly recommended for anyone with more than a passing interest in wine."--Wine Spectator, "Top 100" issue.


"It's hard to come up with a wine question that you won't find answered here... My advice is simple. Buy it. Now. You'll be glad you did."--Wineloverspage.com.


"An invaluable resource for serious wine drinkers who never quench their thirst for learning about varietals, appellations, wine history, and vineyards."--Business Week.


"It's as addictive as the Internet."--Tara Q. Thomas, Wine & Spirits.


"The third edition of The Oxford Companion to Wine, edited by Jancis Robinson, is the one essential book for any wine-lover... the book is a necessity for those in the wine business, and it offers highly pleasurable browsing for anybody who is remotely curious about why wine is so compelling."--Eric Asimov, The New York Times


"It's a valuable reference book and great fun just to pick up and read."--Ben Giliberti, The Washington Post


"Unquestionably the world's most comprehensive wine resource... Best of all, this isn't a dry encyclopedia... employs a witty insider's tone."--Town & Country


Named one of "20 Essential Books to Build Your Culinary Library" by the James Beard Foundation


A Financial Times 2006 "Pick of the Year".


About the Author

ASSISTANT EDITOR Julia Harding, Master of Wine, studied modern languages at Cambridge before becoming a freelance book editor. She took the Wine and Spirit Education Trust intermediate and advanced certificates and diploma in the late 1990s before going on to work in the Wine Buying department at British wine retailer Waitrose in 2001. Julia qualified as a Master of Wine in 2004, winning the Robert Mondavi award for best theory papers and the Tim Derouet Memorial Prize for excellence in all parts of the exam and dissertation. Now Jancis Robinson's full-time assistant, she was responsible for all entries on oenology and viticulture in this third edition of The Oxford Companion to Wine, and co-ordinated and copy-edited the new and revised text.

Customer Reviews

Very well written, it's a book of great interest.
Arthur Azevedo
Highly recommended as a starter book, excellent overview of wine and fun to read.
C.V. May
Four friends have purchased this book after looking at mine.
Emery E. Nelson

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer D. Frank on November 1, 2006
Format: Hardcover
No wine lovers' library is complete without the Oxford Companion to Wine. This is THE reference book for everything wine, quite literally from A to Z. Whether you are a wine novice looking to know more about a particular grape variety or wine region or an expert searching for information on vinification or the history of cork, you will find it -- quickly and easily -- in this book. Given that the book resembles and is organized like an encyclopedia, the annotations for each subject are written in a compelling manner. This is not a coffee table book. This is a book you will use again and again.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By G. Nelson on December 10, 2010
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I have both this book and the Word Atlas of Wine (WAW). While both are very detailed, I find myself reading this first because of its more charming, easier-to-read style. After I've got a good understanding on a subject, I'll then mosey on over to the WAW to satisfy my wine nerdiness. I find that these two books compliment each other. For instance, I appreciate the WAW's detailed maps more after I've read the Oxford Companion's written description of a particular terroir. Either book would meet virtually everyone's needs and wants though.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By R. Buchanan on February 17, 2007
Format: Hardcover
The Oxford is basically the bible for wine. Very thorough and a great reference. This is *the* book. Just get it.

One comment about the reviewer who said, "A lot of money for a text book that is not a consumer's guide" - my reply? Duh. Look what you wrote - It's an encyclopedia, not one of the multitudes of consumer guides. Know what you are talking about before writing a review. As far as consumer guides, Oz Clark and Robert Parker both produce consumer/buying guides where you can look specific producers.
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Format: Hardcover
In vino veritas

Jancis Robinson, OBE, Master of Wine and a Briton, is the author of this huge wine reference volume. She, and many other wine experts such as Hugh Johnson, Robert Parker and Kevin Zraly, have devoted their entire lives to wine, the study of everything wine, and the writing about wine. This tome of hers is one of many fine wine books written by Ms. Robinson. My thanks and deserving admiration go to her. I am a part-time oenophile and have too many other interests to study only wine. On the other hand, I do want to know much about wine, balanced with proportion.

The best recommendation and endorsement for The Oxford Companion to Wine, 3rd Edition, published by the Oxford University Press, comes from the James Beard Foundation. Their list of the twenty best cooking/wine books includes this book. Go to "The James Beard Foundation, 20 Best Cookbooks," one of the most highly respected sources of cooking and wine information in the world. Also, go to: Amazon.com: 20 Essential Cookbooks

I find fascination in the history of wine, grape varieties, the various estates and domains, wine grape growing, vinification, the history of bottles and corks, wine tasting, wine cellaring, the wine regions of the world, pairing wine with food, and much, much more. I cannot find anything that Jancis Robinson has overlooked when it comes to wine. Her work is a cure for the fear of wine.

My Windows on the World wine course book, by Kevin Zraly, was my first wine book. Highly recommended as a starter book, excellent overview of wine and fun to read. But I eventually found that I wanted more detailed information to answer my wine questions, and to find answers to wine-related questions that would never have occurred to me to ask in the first place.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By KH on April 6, 2007
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On another review, I mentioned that you need more than one book if you are serious about wine. But this is the most comprehensive work on wine I've seen, and one of the "must-have" in your collection. If you are interested in the ratings of specific wines or wineries, you need to get other books in addition to this.
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27 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Tommy W. Lee on May 18, 2007
Format: Hardcover
It's a great encyclopedia, but here's a couple of suggestions on how to make it even better...

1) Next to each entry, put in phonetics or some sort of pronunciation guide. People would like to sound intelligent when they speak too, not just when they read.

2) Wine Region maps should be colored, not just black & white.

3) Grape varieties should have nice colored pictures next to them.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Broski on August 8, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This book is truly incredible and can best be described as an encyclopedia of wine. Printed on 816 pages of fine paper with sporadic full color photographs and pencil drawings, it is atypical of other books on wine. There no novice section, stemware identification guide or chapter on building your own cellar. This is the book you want in you hands to aid in locating those rare areas of production and defining little known terms. Robinson draws on approximately 150 contributors, highly qualified experts in their respective fields, to author select entries.

Joseph Broski (Dionysian Society International)
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Adam C. Lapierre on September 16, 2006
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This tome is simply the best reference for professionals, amateurs and students on the subject of wine. The 3rd edition is updated with additional entries and new statistics, and better maps.
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