Jancis Robinson MW
One Of The World's Leading Wine Writers
Jancis Mary Robinson OBE, MW (born in Cumbria on April 22, 1950) is a British wine critic, journalist and editor of wine literature. She currently writes a weekly column for the Financial Times, and writes for her website jancisrobinson.com. She also provides advice for Queen Elizabeth II's wine cellar.
In 1984 she became the first person outside the wine trade to become a Master of Wine. She also served as British Airways's wine consultant, she supervised the famous BA Concorde cellar.
As a wine writer, she has become one of the world's leading writers of educational and encyclopedic material on wine. The Oxford Companion to Wine, edited by Robinson, is generally considered to be the most complete wine encyclopedia. The first edition was published in 1994, and took five years to write after she was signed on as editor in 1988.
Jancis Robinson's Biography
First non-wine trade member to become a Master of Wine
Robinson studied mathematics and philosophy at Oxford University and worked for a travel company after leaving university. Robinson started her wine writing career on December 1, 1975 when she became assistant editor for the trade magazine Wine & Spirit.
In addition, The World Atlas of Wine by Hugh Johnson and Jancis Robinson is one of the leading wine atlases.
In 1995, Jancis Robinson appeared in a 10-episode on BBC 2 television. This series has later been reissued on DVD. A book titled Jancis Robinson's Wine Course was written to accompany the series and has gone through several editions. wine course
She has an honorary doctorate from the Open University, and was made an OBE in 2003, among numerous other awards for her writing. Her accolades include multiple Glenfiddich Awards and AndrÃ© Simon Memorial Awards, and Decanter's "1999 (Wo)Man of the Year".
Following a difference of opinion with Robert Parker over the 2003 vintage of ChÃ¢teau Pavie, the media coverage frequently described a "war of words" between the two critics. Less dramatic than the predominant press view, Robinson and Parker have a cordial relationship.
Jancis Robinson is married to the food writer Nick Lander; they have three children called Julia, William and Rose.
World Atlas of Wine - by Hugh Johnson & Jancis Robinson
"This is the best collaboration of two Brits since Lennon and McCartney."
Ben Gilberti, Washington Post
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...loves and lives for wine in all its glorious diversity, generally favouring balance and subtlety over sheer mass.
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"Perhaps the most talented of the world's wine writers with a seemingly infinite ability to fashion informative, accurate books that are essential reading."-- Robert M. Parker, Jr.
"By a long measure the best wine writer in the world."-- Paul Levy, The Wall Street Journal
"The woman who makes the wine world gulp when she speaks...as unpretentious as Beaujolais Nouveau."-- Jerry Shriver, USA Today
"I have watched her slowly tighten her grip on the wine world with awe...Don't be fooled by her twinkling television persona; her serious purpose is to open the wine world to all comers, at all levels. In the process she has become a household name -- for good."-- Hugh Johnson
"Perhaps the best wine writer in the world!"
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The Oxford Companion to Wine - by Jancis Robinson
"The one essential book for any wine lover"
Eric Asimov, New York Times
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