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Jancis Robinson's Wine Course: Parts 1 And 2 [VHS]

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3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Ilc-Prime
  • VHS Release Date: 28 Oct 1996
  • Run Time: 300 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004TL72
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 300,314 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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First shown on BBC2, this popular show introduced the viewer to the world of wine in a straightforward way. Jancis Robinson, internationally recognised wine expert, guides the viewer all over the world explaining everything that there is to know about the tipple.

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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good wine series from 1995 19 Feb 2006
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Wot no extras! 20 Feb 2006
By A Customer
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
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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By Jocky
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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