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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
A Financial Times 2006 "Pick of the Year,"


"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."


"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."



"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

Jancis Robinson is a Master of Wine, the Financial Times wine writer, and the author/editor of dozens of wine books, including The Oxford Companion to Wine and The World Atlas of Wine. Her award-winning website, www.JancisRobinson.com, has subscribers in more than 100 countries.

Julia Harding, a Master of Wine, linguist, and fastidious editor, is Jancis Robinson's full-time assistant and associate palate. In this book, she has gathered the most up-to-date statistics about wine-grape plantings in every corner of the planet as well as unearthing recommended wine producers for almost every grape variety.
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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 (83 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #314,790 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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I was expecting this to be something that I could sit down and just read for pleasure, but it is really structured more like a reference book. Like an encyclopedia. It does have some great information in it, and we have had had fun looking up specific topics that pertain to a wine we are drinking, like the appellation or specific grape varieties. So it's a nice book - just different from what I expected. It makes for a fun coffee table book as well.
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Wow! This is an exhaustive examination of all things wine. Simply a beautifully put together book about wine, with an incredible amount of detailed info on all aspects of wine and wine production. Highly recommended!
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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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i never stop learning more encyclopedic details about grapes, wine production, wine history in this amazingly well written tome. Belongs on the forefront of every wine-lover's book shelf. (Only problem is the heft of the book. Will it be put into a high speed app for electronic retrieval on one's tablet or some such?) Oh, and I wish the indices were more extensive. I have found much more substantive information on a specific item thumbing through more general possible topic areas when the item (in my humble opinion) warranted inclusion by itself in an index.
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