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The Oxford Companion to Wine (Oxford Companions) [Hardcover]

Jancis Robinson
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21 Sep 2006 Oxford Companions
Published in 1994 to worldwide acclaim, the first edition of Jancis Robinson's seminal volume immediately attained legendary status, winning every major wine book award including the Glenfiddich and Julia Child/IACP awards, as well as writer and woman of the year accolades for its editor on both sides of the Atlantic. Combining meticulously-researched fact with refreshing opinion and wit, The Oxford Companion to Wine presents almost 4,000 entries on every wine-related topic imaginable, from regions and grape varieties to the owners, connoisseurs, growers, and tasters in wine through the ages; from viticulture and oenology to the history of wine, from its origins to the present day.

Now exhaustively updated, this third edition incorporates the very latest international research to present almost 400 new entries on topics ranging from globalization and the politics of wine to brands, precision viticulture, and co-fermentation. Hundreds of entries have undergone major revision, among them yeast, barrel alternatives, climate change, and virtually all wine regions; and useful lists and statistics are appended, including controlled appellations and their permitted grape varieties, and wine production and consumption by country.

Illustrated with maps of every important wine region in the world, useful charts and diagrams, and stunning colour photographs, this Companion is unlike any other wine book, offering an understanding of wine in all of its wider contexts - notably historical, cultural, and scientific - and serving as a truly companionable point of reference into which any wine-lover can dip and browse.

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 840 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; 3 edition (21 Sep 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0198609906
  • ISBN-13: 978-0198609902
  • Product Dimensions: 28.2 x 22.7 x 4.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 30,687 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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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extensively brilliant 13 Nov 2009
By Timothy
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars So good he already bought it.... 4 Feb 2009
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Helpful 22 Dec 2009
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing 13 Sep 2009
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
5.0 out of 5 stars A valuable guide 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Book 23 Oct 2013
By Mr L
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent value for money! 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Perfect wine-book 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great book for all wine lovers everything from a to z.
Published 1 month ago by Mrs. S. Cartlidge
5.0 out of 5 stars Assured masterpiece
Un grand oeuvre by the grande dame of all wine lovers.A must for all serious vinophiles Idip into it daily
Published 3 months ago by davidmizon
5.0 out of 5 stars Wine Bible
Any doubt with wine related knowledge? Go ask "The Oxford Companion to Wine ". It provides everything you need to know about wine!
Published 8 months ago by Joyce Hsieh
4.0 out of 5 stars informative
all you need to know about wine and the art of making wine. plus the different regions and the vines
Published 14 months ago by kapsis
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good!
the book has a coverpicture in yellow, not the one with hands holding grapes. It is a very heavy book! Read more
Published 15 months ago by Viola
3.0 out of 5 stars Maybe too in depth for the average wine lover
I've read a little so far and had a quick glance at it, but its probably a little too technical for the person I bought it for.
Published 18 months ago by Robert James
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read and reference
Jancis Robinson writes so well, has such knowledge and insight in to wines, grapes, regions, in fact all that one needs to know and more, a great read and worth every penny!
Published 18 months ago by John Hutchings
5.0 out of 5 stars First Class
A gift for my husband quoted as the must have book for wine lovers and he agrees with that.Arrived within 2 days of ordering fantastic service
Published 19 months ago by Lynnie B
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting for wine enthusiasts
This was a present, and the recipient was delighted. I haven't read it myself but they were extremely pleased when they looked at it.
Published on 1 Jun 2012 by J. Cahill
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