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  • Hardcover: 840 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; 3 edition (21 Sep 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0198609906
  • ISBN-13: 978-0198609902
  • Product Dimensions: 28.4 x 4.6 x 22.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,542 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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...the most useful book on wine ever written; it is also one of the most enjoyable. (Kathleen Burk, The Week)

Those readers interested enough in the subject to buy the first edition are pretty much compelled to buy all subsequent ones, for the knowledge encompassed in them changes not only rapidly, but also radically. (Paul Levy, Times Literary Supplement)

No wine-lover's bookshelves should be without (Jonathan Ray, Daily Telegraph)

The essential reference book (David Baker, Financial Times)

Wine anoraks will want Jancis Robinson's revised, encyclopaedic The Oxford Companion to Wine. (The Times,)

Impressive Scholarship (The Times)

Essential reference guide (Daily Express)

About the Author

EDITOR Jancis Robinson, OBE and Master of Wine is one of the world's leading authorities on wine, voted the Wine Writers' Writer by her peers in The Observer. The first person outside the wine trade to have passed the notoriously tough Master of Wine exams, she is now the wine columnist for the Financial Times and writes a regular column for publications in ten countries on five continents. She is known to millions as a television presenter on wine and food, and wrote and presented the award-winning 10-part Jancis Robinson's Wine Course, shown around the world in the late 1990s. She currently spends the majority of her time writing for her website www.jancisrobinson.com, which has subscribers from over 70 countries.

ASSISTANT EDITOR Julia Harding, Master of Wine, studied modern languages at Cambridge before becoming a freelance book editor. She took the Wine and Spirit Education Trust intermediate and advanced certificates and diploma in the late 1990s before going on to work in the Wine Buying department at British wine retailer Waitrose in 2001. Julia qualified as a Master of Wine in 2004, winning the Robert Mondavi award for best theory papers and the Tim Derouet Memorial Prize for excellence in all parts of the exam and dissertation. Now Jancis Robinson's full-time assistant, she was responsible for all entries on oenology and viticulture in this third edition of The Oxford Companion to Wine, and co-ordinated and copy-edited the new and revised text.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Timothy on 13 Nov 2009
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When I first looked inside this book, I was annoyed. I expected the book to be in chapters on grapes/regions/maturation etc. But it is essentially a dictionary, in alphabetical order, of everything to do with wine - which I though would make me bored within a few pages of reading - oh how wrong I was.

The book seemlesly flows from page to page not like 1,2,3,4 but 3,1,2,4. As there is other text highlighted which makes you refer back to something else. You can find yourself reading for hours on many differnt topics and not have to think of what to look up next, as the book seems to branch smoothly with information.

I am now the smug connoisseur at dinner partys and it was all too easy from this single book.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By The book worm on 4 Feb 2009
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We bought the Oxford Companion to Wine for a friend preparing his Wine diploma thinking it could be usefull. It turned out he already bought it and reads it on a daily basis as it is so usefull. So we kept it for ourself and find it fascinating. It answers every query and it is so logical you find what you are looking for very quickly... A must have if you are a wine lover, it is also a very nice book to have on your shelves!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By John De Andres Cao on 22 Dec 2009
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I bought this book because I needed to improve my knowledge on French and Australian wines. It not only helps the beginner but increases the former knowledge I had on some matters. It is also written in such an easy way that even difficult issues are made easier to understand.I really enjoy reading it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Serge Pillot on 13 Sep 2009
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This book has to be the most complete international reference on world wines. It was written for professionals and students who requires top informations and knowledge. Just amazing ! thanks to Jancis for a tremendous work.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By CN on 30 Oct 2013
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This book provides an excellent guide to wines. It was bought as a present for a near and dear relative and he found it splendid.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr L on 23 Oct 2013
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Great reference book / encyclopedia with all aspects of wine covered in an easy to read format. Expect to lose a few hours reading something simple!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Reece on 12 May 2013
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Really brilliant! For beginners to experts- honestly it's great. You can read as much or as little as you like- and be as clever or dim about wine and still get the best out of it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Wanje Jäger on 18 Mar 2013
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It is a very well-written almost complete wine-book in every aspect. The only thing I can complain about is very few photos and figures. In overall, I am must satisfied
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