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Published in 1994 to worldwide acclaim, the first edition of Jancis Robinson's seminal volume, The Oxford Companion to Wine, immediately attained legendary status. The book has won every major wine book award including the Glenfiddich and Julia Child/IACP awards, and Robinson hasa received writer and woman of the year accolades for its editor on both sides of the Atlantic. Published in 1994 to worldwide acclaim, the first edition of Jancis Robinson's seminal volume, The Oxford Companion to Wine, immediately attained legendary status. The book has won every major wine book award including the Glenfiddich and Julia Child/IACP awards, and Robinson hasa received 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 offers 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. Tracing the consumption and production from the ancient world to the present day, the Companion is a remarkable resource for gaining further appreciation for a beverage whose popularity has only increased with time. Now exhaustively updated, this third edition incorporates the very latest international research to present over 400 new entries on topics ranging from globalization and the politics of wine to brands, precision viticulture, and co-fermentation. Hundreds of other entries have also undergone major revisions, including yeast, barrel alternatives, climate change, and virtually all wine regions. Useful lists and statistics are appended, including controlled appellations and their permitted grape varieties, as well as wine production and consumption by country. Illustrated with maps of every important wine region in the world, useful charts and diagrams, and stunning color photography, this Companion is unlike any other wine book, offering an understanding of wine in its many wider contexts - notably historical, cultural, geographic, and scientific - and serving as a truly companionable point of reference into which any wine-lover can dip, browse, and linger.


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Published in 1994 to worldwide acclaim, the first edition of Jancis Robinson's seminal volume, The Oxford Companion to Wine, immediately attained legendary status. The book has won every major wine book award including the Glenfiddich and Julia Child/IACP awards, and Robinson hasa received writer and woman of the year accolades for its editor on both sides of the Atlantic. Published in 1994 to worldwide acclaim, the first edition of Jancis Robinson's seminal volume, The Oxford Companion to Wine, immediately attained legendary status. The book has won every major wine book award including the Glenfiddich and Julia Child/IACP awards, and Robinson hasa received 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 offers 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. Tracing the consumption and production from the ancient world to the present day, the Companion is a remarkable resource for gaining further appreciation for a beverage whose popularity has only increased with time. Now exhaustively updated, this third edition incorporates the very latest international research to present over 400 new entries on topics ranging from globalization and the politics of wine to brands, precision viticulture, and co-fermentation. Hundreds of other entries have also undergone major revisions, including yeast, barrel alternatives, climate change, and virtually all wine regions. Useful lists and statistics are appended, including controlled appellations and their permitted grape varieties, as well as wine production and consumption by country. Illustrated with maps of every important wine region in the world, useful charts and diagrams, and stunning color photography, this Companion is unlike any other wine book, offering an understanding of wine in its many wider contexts - notably historical, cultural, geographic, and scientific - and serving as a truly companionable point of reference into which any wine-lover can dip, browse, and linger.

30 review for The Oxford Companion to Wine

  1. 5 out of 5

    HBalikov

    For the better part of fifty years one book on wine was where I started researching any question. That was Alexis Lichine’s Encyclopedia of Wines and Spirits. Now that I have the recent 4th edition of Robinson’s book, Lichine’s book has been given away. The Oxford Companion to Wine is the most comprehensive undertaking in the field of viniculture and wine-making. I have read other books by Robinson (who studied mathematics and philosophy at St Anne's College, Oxford) and found them each well-res For the better part of fifty years one book on wine was where I started researching any question. That was Alexis Lichine’s Encyclopedia of Wines and Spirits. Now that I have the recent 4th edition of Robinson’s book, Lichine’s book has been given away. The Oxford Companion to Wine is the most comprehensive undertaking in the field of viniculture and wine-making. I have read other books by Robinson (who studied mathematics and philosophy at St Anne's College, Oxford) and found them each well-researched and written. Robinson has the knack for being able to take difficult topics and concepts and put them in readable form for the general public. Having said that, this isn’t a book that you will be laying out on the table for when friends drop by. It explains how wine is classified in every country that produces more than a meager amount. It discusses the considerations made by growers and by wine makers. It describes and evaluates many chateaux and vineyards. It gives space to famous growers and merchants. There even is a very interesting section on “drinking vessels.” I can open the book to any of its over 900 pages and find something fascinating. But I drink wine; I like wine; I like to know about the wines that I drink; and, I want to be able to check opinions offered by wine “tasters” with something more objective. For me, this is THE book.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Nelson Minar

    An absolutely terrific wine encyclopaedia, containing more minute information about wine production, history, enjoyment, and custom than anyone could ever want to know. The entries feel authoritative, the information is useful and eclectic. The editorial board does a nice job of escaping the hegemony of French wine - there's ample information on the rest of Europe (eastern, too), the US, South American, and Australia. If you really like wine, this book makes a handy reference. Note, though, that An absolutely terrific wine encyclopaedia, containing more minute information about wine production, history, enjoyment, and custom than anyone could ever want to know. The entries feel authoritative, the information is useful and eclectic. The editorial board does a nice job of escaping the hegemony of French wine - there's ample information on the rest of Europe (eastern, too), the US, South American, and Australia. If you really like wine, this book makes a handy reference. Note, though, that its intent is not to help you pick particular bottles of wine to buy. I'm still looking for a good timeless guide for that.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jorge Reyes

    Para una persona que está involucrada en el mundo del vino, esta obra es crucial, ya sea como apasionado de la uva, autor, sommelier, chef o simplemente aquellos que deseen tener un conocimiento más profundo de lo que toman y beben. JR hace una labor estupenda, tanto en la descripción de lo que transmite como en el contenido y la estructura, por supuesto, gran trabajo del editor. La autora es una gran reconocida en el mundo del vino, la educación y la comida, simplemente debes leerla y si deseas Para una persona que está involucrada en el mundo del vino, esta obra es crucial, ya sea como apasionado de la uva, autor, sommelier, chef o simplemente aquellos que deseen tener un conocimiento más profundo de lo que toman y beben. JR hace una labor estupenda, tanto en la descripción de lo que transmite como en el contenido y la estructura, por supuesto, gran trabajo del editor. La autora es una gran reconocida en el mundo del vino, la educación y la comida, simplemente debes leerla y si deseas ir mas allá, te recomiendo tomar algún curso, en linea o presencial: https://www.jancisrobinson.com/

  4. 4 out of 5

    Joe

    The go-to reference book for wine geeks.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Gunthers

    Musthave for WSET4 students

  6. 4 out of 5

    David Hollywood

    Absolutely the finest book ever published on the subject of wine.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Alex Hughes

    Essential reference for anyone deeply curious about wine. Arguably the best book on wine ever written.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Albert

    I'm not sure if I've read every page of this yet, but it feels like I have. This is one of the three most important books any serious student/aficionado of wine should own. (The other two are The World Atlas of Wine and Wine Grapes.) The OCW covers just about everything you would ever want to know about almost every wine topic imaginable. The sheer breadth of information is astonishing. The entries on the "big topics" such as Bordeaux, Burgundy, etc. are very thorough and informative. Some of th I'm not sure if I've read every page of this yet, but it feels like I have. This is one of the three most important books any serious student/aficionado of wine should own. (The other two are The World Atlas of Wine and Wine Grapes.) The OCW covers just about everything you would ever want to know about almost every wine topic imaginable. The sheer breadth of information is astonishing. The entries on the "big topics" such as Bordeaux, Burgundy, etc. are very thorough and informative. Some of the longer regional entries, however, could benefit from a standard organizational format. I felt like most entries made the usual progression of subtopics (history, geography, geology/soils, grape varieties, viticulture, vinification, maturation, and trade). However, other entries drifted between subtopics aimlessly, which made it difficult to compare these regions with other regions.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Terry Pearson

    I would like to that Oxford University and Goodreads for the opportunity to win this Holy Grail of books. I hadn't realized I won the book until it showed up at my home one day. It might as well have been Christmas! I received a free copy of The Oxford Companion to Wine. In exchange, it is my wish to leave an honest review. Where to begin. This book is everything you expect of an encyclopedia ; tiny print , extremely long, and crammed full of all the information you could possibly want on wine. It I would like to that Oxford University and Goodreads for the opportunity to win this Holy Grail of books. I hadn't realized I won the book until it showed up at my home one day. It might as well have been Christmas! I received a free copy of The Oxford Companion to Wine. In exchange, it is my wish to leave an honest review. Where to begin. This book is everything you expect of an encyclopedia ; tiny print , extremely long, and crammed full of all the information you could possibly want on wine. It's well worth your time to read the entire book, especially if you are a novice. The most important thing I know about wine is that I love drinking it. I set the book down feeling as though I could personally open a vineyard. Two thumbs plus 10 !

  10. 5 out of 5

    Gem ~Zero Shelf Control~

    Received this book as a first reads giveaway from goodreads. This review is based entirely on my own thoughts and feelings. This is a 4th edition of this whopping wine encyclopaedia that's been around and improved on since 1994. Quite literally any information needed on wines you'll find in here without them dumbing it down or ramming it down your throat. This would also make an awesome present for any part time or full on wine enthusiasts, and they probably wouldn't need any other guides, ever. Received this book as a first reads giveaway from goodreads. This review is based entirely on my own thoughts and feelings. This is a 4th edition of this whopping wine encyclopaedia that's been around and improved on since 1994. Quite literally any information needed on wines you'll find in here without them dumbing it down or ramming it down your throat. This would also make an awesome present for any part time or full on wine enthusiasts, and they probably wouldn't need any other guides, ever.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Byrd Alyssa

    So exciting to finally have a new edition of this most essential libro de vino! So easy to navigate, this is the most comprehensive and detailed "dictionary of wine" I have yet come across. Heartily recommended for the serious student of wine, or even for the serious lover of wine, for a life-long reference to be opened again and again. So exciting to finally have a new edition of this most essential libro de vino! So easy to navigate, this is the most comprehensive and detailed "dictionary of wine" I have yet come across. Heartily recommended for the serious student of wine, or even for the serious lover of wine, for a life-long reference to be opened again and again.

  12. 4 out of 5

    John Naylor

    I received this book for free via Goodreads First Reads. It is the ultimate guide to wine and possibly the only one you will ever need. It goes into every aspect of wine and wine-making in great detail. It is complex yet easy to read even for a relative novice to wine. It is a book I will look at before every romantic meal or restaurant visit in the future.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Connie Williamson

    I received this book free in a Goodreads contest. This is the best wine encyclopedia there could ever be. If you want to know ANYthing about wine, this is the book to get. It's a very big book. Nothing is omitted! I love it. I received this book free in a Goodreads contest. This is the best wine encyclopedia there could ever be. If you want to know ANYthing about wine, this is the book to get. It's a very big book. Nothing is omitted! I love it.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Horace Derwent

    I FUCKING TOLD THOSE MORONS THAT ZINFANDEL WAS DERIVED FROM CROATIA! AND THEY ALWAYS DIDN'T GIVA SHIT, STILL INSISTING ON THAT THAT WAS FROM ITALY(ITALY MY ASS!), THINKING THEY WERE THE EXPERTS ON WINERY ARE THEY RETARDED? OR JUST BECAUSE THEY CAN'T READ ENGLISH STUFF?? HOW HOPELESS I FUCKING TOLD THOSE MORONS THAT ZINFANDEL WAS DERIVED FROM CROATIA! AND THEY ALWAYS DIDN'T GIVA SHIT, STILL INSISTING ON THAT THAT WAS FROM ITALY(ITALY MY ASS!), THINKING THEY WERE THE EXPERTS ON WINERY ARE THEY RETARDED? OR JUST BECAUSE THEY CAN'T READ ENGLISH STUFF?? HOW HOPELESS

  15. 5 out of 5

    Actoroesch

    Overwhelming book on wine... I get drunk just from reading it... This wine text-book / encyclopedia is amazing.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Chris

    I read it at night, when eating something decent, usually, and drinking something fine from the shop. Thanks, Yank-is!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Katy

    for reference, like an encyclopedia; less for browsing

  18. 5 out of 5

    Chandrabrown80 Brown

    Excellent, excellent, excellent!!! I was so excited to win this giveaway! Such a great book to use as a reference. Thank you!!!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Karina

    a must for any wine book collection. invaluable if your looking to settle a drunken, dinner party winemaking argument!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Samantha

    Provide sufficient information for wine lovers.

  21. 5 out of 5

    AJ

    Excellent reference.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Diana

    This is the OED of the wine world! Because it is a reference, it will never be listed as "read." Nevertheless, if you love wine, whether novice or master sommelier, this is a must. This is the OED of the wine world! Because it is a reference, it will never be listed as "read." Nevertheless, if you love wine, whether novice or master sommelier, this is a must.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Sasha

    Impressive, but rather overwhelming amount of information. Organized as an encyclopedia.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Brenden

    The Oxford Companion to Wine, 3rd Edition by Jancis Robinson (2006)

  25. 4 out of 5

    Liz

    I was a lucky Goodreads winner of this amazing book--the 4th edition of the "bible" for wine drinkers and collectors. What a treat!! I was a lucky Goodreads winner of this amazing book--the 4th edition of the "bible" for wine drinkers and collectors. What a treat!!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Mark

    about as comprehensive a wine book as you'll ever find about as comprehensive a wine book as you'll ever find

  27. 5 out of 5

    John

    The authoritative encyclopedic guide to everything on wine.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Sovanni Bun

  29. 4 out of 5

    A.E.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Holly

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