The Oxford Companion to Wine

Editor Jancis Robinson

October 15, 2006 | Hardcover

The Oxford Companion to Wine is rated 5 out of 5 by 6.
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.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 840 pages, 10.87 × 8.62 × 1.83 in

Published: October 15, 2006

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0198609906

ISBN - 13: 9780198609902

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from An essential book to have for wine enthusiasts and professionals I purchased this book as a prerequisite for a wine course I took and I found it surprisingly captivating. It has virtually everything one would want to find about wine and related topics. Easy to read even for a beginner.
Date published: 2011-05-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The one truly indespensible wine reference Remarkable for its depth of information. If it is not in here, you do not need to know it. Most importantly, the Oxford Campanion to Wine is virtually without fault. Only a select few wine books can make a similar claim. Very impressive!
Date published: 2007-12-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A MUST for Every Wine Library I can’t think of a more complete and well-written wine reference book than Jancis Robinson’s Oxford Companion to Wine. It’s a must for every wine library and includes information about all of the world’s wine regions, grapes, styles and terms. Pair this with wines from one of the fastest growing new wine regions profiled in the book, South Africa: 2004 Durbanville Hills Shiraz Durbanville ($14) and 2002 Cathedral Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon ($17).
Date published: 2007-11-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Essential for the Wine Lover Finally, an exhaustive book for the wine lover (and snobs, too, I guess).. I just got it and have been poring over this treasure-trove. It appears to have almost everything. Along with Hugh Johnson's latest Pocket Wine book, and being on Vintage's mailing list, one is pretty-well covered with this fine reference work.
Date published: 2006-06-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A MUST buy for wine lovers! I first saw the text of this book at an online wine site, and immediately coveted the hardcopy version. My husband bought it for me, as a pleasant surprise, and I wasn't disappointed. As wonderful as the text alone is, the drawings, maps and photographs add the icing to the cake. I was so impressed by the quality of this book that I immediately ordered another copy for my sister (a wine lover). Anyone who likes wine and wants to know more about it would LOVE this book.
Date published: 2000-11-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Best !! Bar none, this is the only book on wine you'll need. I'm in a sommelier program, and this book tells is all !!!
Date published: 2000-02-17

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The Oxford Companion to Wine

Editor Jancis Robinson

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 840 pages, 10.87 × 8.62 × 1.83 in

Published: October 15, 2006

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0198609906

ISBN - 13: 9780198609902

About the Book

Combining meticulously-researched fact with refreshing opinion and wit, this guide offers almost 4,000 entries on every wine-related topic imaginable.

Table of Contents

Maps Preface Contributors Acknowledgements List of new entries Complete list of entries by subject Note to the reader Alphabetical entries Complete list of controlled appellations and their permitted grape varieties Vineyard area, wine production, and per capita wine consumption by country Picture credits

From the Publisher

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.

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.

Editorial Reviews

`a rich, enthusiastic celebration ... of the ancient people-centred arts of viticulture.'' Valentine Cunningham, The Observer
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