Wine head girl Jancis Robinson publishes a new edition of her acclaimed Oxford Companion to Wine
, coming as close as anybody is likely to in achieving the unachievable goal of a detailed, comprehensive, single-volume work of reference covering the whole world of wines. Just how daunting the task of keeping up with the now practically supersonic pace of development in many areas of the wine industry must be is indicated by the need, only five years after the first edition, to issue another with updated versions of about half the 3,000 entries. It is an awesome achievement. Wine is now a modern, global industry: Jancis Robinson and her team of contributors require--and deliver--expertise in a really astonishing range of disciplines.
Practically every field of human knowledge seems to have something to contribute. From geology and soil chemistry, through forestry and the nature of the different woods used for barrels and the harvesting of cork bark, to the cultivation of the vine, its training and pruning, and the techniques of fermentation; the list extends even into areas of cutting-edge science such as DNA fingerprinting (which finally in 1997 unravelled the mystery of the parentage of the Cabernet Sauvignon grape--no, wild horses wouldn't drag it from me, you'll have to buy the book). This is not to mention the thorough coverage of wine regions and grape varieties, the role of wine through history and its presence in art, the glossary entries. One could go on and on. This is a stupendous feat of organisation. More than that, it is throughout well written and lively, and in possession of a healthy quantity of attitude. --Robin Davidson
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Acclaim for The Oxford Companion to Wine:
"Jancis Robinson has become the Julia Child of wine."--Newsday
"This giant tome is likely to become 'the' standard reference for wine for the whole wide world.... It really does cover it all and in depth. If you were going to have a one book wine library, this would have to be it."--The Wine Trader
"Easily the most complete compendium of wine knowledge assembled in modern times."--The New York Times
"A required reference for anyone who is serious about wine."--Frank J. Prial, The New York Times
"One of the definitive reference books on the subject."--Anthony Dias Blue
"I heartily recommend this book as the cornerstone of any wine library and guarantee it will engance your wine appreciation for many years to come."--W.I.N.E. Monitor
"This may be the most important book on wine to appear in the past 20 years....The very existence of this book stands as evidence of the significance of wine in our culture....This volum