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Jancis Robinson's Wine Course [DVD] [1995]

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  • Actors: Jancis Robinson
  • Format: PAL, Colour
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: BBC
  • DVD Release Date: 13 Dec. 2004
  • Run Time: 300 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007LYDRS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 84,201 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Wine is more popular than ever. More and more people enjoy a good glass of wine and would like to learn more about wine. From the vast amount of wine books almost anyone will have one or more copies on the bookshelf. One of the nice features of wine is the experience and romance around producing and drinking wine. Other than wine books, wine programs on television are able to communicate these feelings to the wine enthusiast. The most lauded wine program of the last decennium is Jancis Robinson’s Wine Course, broadcasted as a series of 10 programs on BBC.

In an encyclopaedic tour around the wine producing countries of the world Jancis Robinson captures the flavour of each region’s wines and recommends the best names to look out for. Everything from production and tasting to storing of wine is covered. This double DVD is for all wine enthusiasts –from those who could use some help in choosing from a wine list to the wine expert.

Each of the 10 episodes is centred on a major grape variety with other important wine topics woven in where appropriate. Being a well known wine authority, Jancis Robinson is able to infiltrate the wineworld’s elite and shows the viewer all aspects of wine production.

Jancis Robinson’s Wine course offers: * Visual glamour: travelogue, romance and escapism * Easily accessible information about making, tasting and drinking of wine * Entertainment through an oblique, witty tone and strong characters

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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Eriksson Tomas on 19 Feb. 2006
Format: DVD
This is a very good 10-episode TV production from 1995, shown on BBC 2, that mainly focuses on one grape variety per episode, and takes us to two to four regions where it has its origin or its best expression. This usually means that we get to see a bit of the old world and a bit of the new world in each episode, and get to know a bit more of the regions once they pass by. In each episode there is a combination of narration by Jancis Robinson MW and interviews with winemakers and some other wine personalities, together with a lot of nice scenery. In the episodes, Jancis is pedagogical and witty, and gives a very informed and balanced view of things, just as expected. Other wine-related info-bits, not exclusively related to one grape variety, such as barrel-making and wine competitions, are fit in at appropriate locations.
The 10 episodes are Aperitif (not an episode on aperitifs, but an introduction to the making and tasting of wine, Jancis own wine writing background and so on), Chardonnay (Burgundy, Australia), Cabernet Sauvignon (Bordeaux, Chile), Sauvignon Blanc (New Zealand, Loire, Chile, Bordeaux), Syrah/Shiraz (Rhone, Australia, California), Riesling (Germany, Austria), Pinot Noir (Burgundy, Oregon, California), Merlot (California, Bordeaux), Grapes and gas (sparkling wines, visting Champagne, Australia and California), Grape invaders (about the planting of well-known varieties in new places and the fate of lesser-known wine styles and grape varieties, visiting Italy, Spain and Languedoc).
It is probably very sensible to have the grape-by-grape approach rather than a region-by-region/country-by-country approach, since this will more naturally focus on taste in the glass. There are also some drawbacks to this approach, in my opinion.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 20 Feb. 2006
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A great series when shown on the BBC. A little dated now but still full of really useful information. I was really looking forward to the 'extras' the DVD had over my old video copy. It would be interesting to see what Jancis had to say about wine with food. What a con! The 'extras' section of the DVD was a static page refering me to a website...what a let down.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jocky on 28 Mar. 2010
Format: DVD
I learnt so much about wine and the wine industry from this DVD (I rented it via Lovefilm). I loved it.

Oxford educated and extremely eloquent, Jancis may be a bit of a dag, but my goodness I learnt alot. She is obviously very much a part of the inner circle of the wine club. However, this also gives her unprecedented access into this world, and she does strip away alot of the mystique that can surround wine and wine snobbery.

I would agree that there isn't so much on training your nose to taste wine (buy a Jean Lenoir Le Nez du Vin or similar instead if you want this). Instead you get a very compelling and extremely enjoyable documentary about wine and the wine industry in general.
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