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`Review from previous edition a required reference for anyone who is serious about wine' The New York Times

`The greatest wine book ever published' The Washington Post

`Jancis Robinson's brilliant and exhaustive tome on everything you ever wanted to know about the universe of wine' from Sideways, the novel on which the award-winning screenplay was based

`It is hard to believe that Jancis Robinson could improve upon a work whose first edition was so universally lauded, but indeed she has...The new edition is a huge compendium that covers practically everything you'd ever want to know about viticulture and winemaking...The Oxford Companion to Wine is still the preeminent basic resource for wine lovers.' Wine Enthusiast Magazine

`This A-Z guide covers all aspects of wine, from vine density to bottling...Robert Parker, publisher of The Wine Advocate, calls this "the most encylopedic" book available.' Brill's Content

`I can think of few better companions on a hazy Christmas afternoon' Giles Kime, Sunday Telegraph

`I would like to be given Jancis Robinson's Oxford Companion to Wine...it's one of those books you can keep going back to' Sunday Express Magazine

`The wine world's most scholarly A to Z' The Sunday Times, Joanna Simon, 5.12.99

`the most impressive wine book ever published ... all wine enthusiasts would love to have a copy.' The Sunday Tribune (Dublin)

`a rich, enthusiastic celebration ... of the ancient people-centred arts of viticulture.' Valentine Cunningham, The Observer

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.
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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: 11.2 x 1.8 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #151,298 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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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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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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This is a tour de force. How Jancis managed the monumental task of updating so much information makes the mind boggle. It is a veritable encyclopedia for the serious wine connoiseur.
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Its the best book about wine I ever read. Full of information, with an easy organization, with the entries alphabetically displayed. This is the real wine bible. Perfect!
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