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. The Oxford Companion to Wine
Jancis Robinson - Editor

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Format: Hardcover, 840pp.
ISBN: 0198609906
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Pub. Date: 3rd edition October 1, 2006

Dimensions (in inches): 11.2 x 8.9 x 1.9
Item No: 0198609906

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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 over 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.


"The greatest wine book ever published.... A worthy purchase even for those who already own its predecessor."—Michael Franz, The Washington Post

"An encyclopedic reference.... If it's not here, it has nothing to do with wine."—Wine and Spirits

"A wine lover's best friend."—La Cucina Italiana

"The preeminent basic resource for wine lovers.... It is hard to believe that editor Jancis Robinson could improve upon a work whose first edition was so universally lauded, but indeed she has."—Wine Enthusiast

"A required reference for anyone who is serious about wine."—Frank J. Prial, The New York Times

"Jancis Robinson has become the Julia Child of wine."—Newsday

"One of the definitive reference books on the subject."—Anthony Dias Blue

"Easily the most complete compendium of wine knowledge assembled in modern times.... Essential to even the smallest library of wine books."—The New York Times

"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 volume will enhance the usefulness of every other wine book by providing authoritative explanations of the nuts and bolts that others treat only in passing."—The Washington Post


About the 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, 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.


Table of Contents
Preface To The Second Editionvii
Preface To The First Editionviii
List of New Entriesxv
Complete List of Entries by Subjectvxii
Note to the Readerxxviii
Alphabetical Entries1
Appendix 1Complete list of controlled appellations and their permitted grape varieties793
Appendix 2Vineyard area, wine production, and per capita wine consumption by country803
Appendix 3Fine wine investment in the 1990s807
Appendix 4Guide to vintages818
Picture credits820

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