Jancis Robinson



Described by Decanter Magazine as “the most respected wine critic and journalist in the world”, Jancis writes daily for JancisRobinson.com (voted first-ever Wine Website of the Year in the Louis Roderer International Wine Writers Awards 2010), weekly for the Financial Times, and bi-monthly for a column that is syndicated around the world.
Her most recent book is also her shortest, a practical guide to the essentials of wine, The 24-hour Wine Expert. She is the editor of The Oxford Companion to Wine, co-author with Hugh Johnson of The World Atlas of Wine and co-author of Wine Grapes – A complete guide to 1368 vine varieties, including their origins and flavours, each of these books recognised as a standard reference worldwide.
An award-winning TV presenter, she travels all over the world to conduct wine events and act as a wine judge. In 1984 she was the first person outside the wine trade to pass the rigorous Master of Wine exams and in 20013 she was awarded an OBE by Her Majesty the Queen, on whose cellar she now advises. In one week in April 2006 she was presented with France’s Officier du Mérite Agricole, the German VDP’s highest honour, and, in the US, her fourth James Beard Award.
She loves and lives for wine in all its glorious diversity, generally favouring balance and subtlety over sheer mass.


JULIA HARDING is Jancis’ full time assistant. She got a top pass in the Master of Wine exams and is particularly up to speed on oenological and viticultural matters. In 2009 She won a special award in the Louis Roederer International Wine Writer Awards, she was Portuguese Wine Writer of the year in 2012, and is co-author, with Jose Vouillamoz and Jancis, of the multi-award-winning Wine Grapes.


The Oxford Companion to Wine, 4th Edition.
Nearly ten years after the third edition, a fully revised 4th edition has long been awaited. This new fourth edition boasts:

  • Almost 4,000 A to Z entries on a breathtaking range of topics, from grape varieties and regions to viticulture, growers, and the history of wine.
  • More than 60% of entries have been comprehensively revised and updated to include the very latest international research and opinion.
  • 300 brand-new entries, including wine apps, aromatics, geosmin, Hong Kong, minerality, natural wine, social media, and tasting notes language.
  • Edited by the award-winning online publisher and Financial Times wine correspondent, Jancis Robinson OBE, Master of Wine, and Julia Harding MW.
  • 187 top local experts, including more than 50 new ones, contribute entries on their specialist regions, such as Walter Speller on Italy, Huon Hooke on Australia, Michael Fridjhon on South Africa, David Schildknecht on Germany and Austria and Victor de la Serna on Spain.
  • Beautiful new page design incorporating new colour photographs and black and white line drawings.
  • All maps of wine regions have been updated for this edition.


The 24 Hour Wine Expert by Jancis Robinson, published February 2016.
This slim paperback is aimed at wine drinkers who like wine but don’t know much about it (not you then). The potential reader of The 24-Hour Wine Expert wouldn’t dream of reading a major reference book like the others described here, but want a shortcut to expertise. Jancis shares a practical, pithy distillation of her 40 years’ worth of wine experience.

  • How much do I need to spend to get a good bottle of wine?
  • Which wine goes with pizza, sushi or Thai food?
  • What do my choices say about me?
  • Many of us want to know more about wine, but don’t quite know where to start. Here Jancis makes it easy with her short, foolproof guide to the essentials.
  • From a whistle stop tour of regions and grapes to what terms like ‘full-bodied’ and ‘nose’ really mean, Jancis guides us through some basic terms; suggests some interesting alternatives to wine choices; offers tips; busts myths and ensures you will never panic when faced with a wine list or dinner party again.


Wine Grapes
The beautifully designed, 1,200-page, full-colour Wine Grapes was published by Allen Lane (Penguin) in the UK and Ecco (Harper Collins) in the US in October 2012.

It provides comprehensive details on all 1,368 vine varieties currently making wine in commercial circulation – including their origins, how they grow, where they are planted, how their wines taste and previously unpublished information on how they are related.


All Jancis’ books can be ordered through L’e Marquis, and all purchases qualify for BEARMILES.