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Going deeper than traditional buyer's guides and wine atlases, the Companion sought out contributions and advice from more than seventy authorities from around the world, including more than a dozen Masters of Wine. Its 3,000 alphabetically arranged entries range from brief identifications - What is a blanc de noirs? Where is Chateau Latour? - to fascinating longer essays on the intricacies of wine scoring, wine aging, and the nuances of judging a wine's color, aroma, and flavor. The entries explore all aspects ...
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Overview

Going deeper than traditional buyer's guides and wine atlases, the Companion sought out contributions and advice from more than seventy authorities from around the world, including more than a dozen Masters of Wine. Its 3,000 alphabetically arranged entries range from brief identifications - What is a blanc de noirs? Where is Chateau Latour? - to fascinating longer essays on the intricacies of wine scoring, wine aging, and the nuances of judging a wine's color, aroma, and flavor. The entries explore all aspects of wine appreciation, the wine trade, and wine-making, including the very latest advances in viticulture and enology. All technical terms are fully explained, and the hundreds of useful drawings and photographs illustrate key processes. Other single subject entries include the great winemakers, vintner's terms, hundreds of individual grape varieties, and some of the important names in the wine world, including American wine judge Robert Parker and Michael Broadbent, head of Christie's Wine Department.
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Editorial Reviews

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"The greatest wine book ever published," trumpets The Washington Post on this tome's cover. One can hardly disagree. First published in 1994, The Oxford Companion to Wine established itself as a nonpareil one-volume guide to every aspect of wine from growing and buying; to drinking and discriminating; to the high-end auction market and fraud. Wine Spectator wizard Jancis Robinson and her team of 70 international experts write engagingly in more than 3,000 alphabetically arranged entries. A must-have for every wine connoisseur.
Dimitra Kessenides
This A-Z guide covers all aspects of wine, from vine density to bottling. Jancis Robinson...offers colorful photographs, maps of wine regions, diagrams that explain various wine-making processes, and much more.
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Book Report
This giant tome is likely to become "the" standard reference for wine in the whole world....If you were going to have a one book wine library, this would have to be it.
Seth McEvoy
Completely revised from the acclaimed 1993 first edition, The Oxford Companion to Wine arrives with 500 new entries to reach a total of over 3,500 in alphabetical form. As anticipated, Robinson's compendium has become the definitive reference book for the wine world, covering nearly all aspects of wine-making, wine appreciation, the science and history of wine and numerous listings of individual estates and appellations. The Oxford Companion to Wine has won every major wine book award and overall this book continues to be a magnificent achievement.
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Library Journal
This essential addition to reference collections breaks new ground. Unlike the excellent works by Alexis Lichine (e.g., Alexis Lichine's Guide to the Wines and Vineyards of France, Knopf, 1989. 4th ed.) or Hugh Johnson (e.g., Vintage, S. & S., 1992), which are standard sources on the growing, buying, drinking, tasting, and enjoying of wine, this work broadens the discussion to "less obvious topics, such as animals (their function as vine pests), auctions, the specific influence of the British, and Australians, on the world of wine, fashion, fraud, global overproduction, wine in literature and art, and the role of water throughout wine production." About 3000 alphabetically arranged entries range from the most familiar topics, such as "California," to the quite obscure (e.g., "Xynisteri," a white grape grown on Cyprus). Yet those less interested in the esoterica of wine will surely find the information they seek, as about 70 percent of the book is concerned with specific wines and areas of wine production. There is also practical guidance on such matters as serving wine and matching the right wine with the right food. Editor Robinson, who writes regularly for the Wine Spectator, is widely respected for her taste and abilities. Here she assembles an international cast of over 70 experts. Since only a small number are from the United States and since many may be unfamiliar to the average American reader, this work is also valuable as a kind of directory of authorities on wine-related subjects. While erudite, this book is not dry; historical anecdotes abound. The text is complemented by over 250 fascinating illustrations, which include an aroma wheel, maps, a red wine-making chart, labels, a varietal geneaology, a wine-tasting sheet used by judges, and more. This book, which offers something for everyone, is highly recommended.-Wendy Miller, Lexington P.L., Ky.
Library Journal
The first edition of Davidson's award-winning Oxford Companion to Food appeared in print in 1999. With the second edition of this culinary classic, food writer and publisher Tom Jaine takes editorial charge. While keeping true to Davidson's distinctive and entertaining writing style, Paine has updated many of the approximately 3000 original entries in the book and added 70 new topics (e.g., "Globalization," "Olives"). Covering everything from individual ingredients and cooking techniques to food celebrities and national cuisines, the authoritative and engaging The Oxford Companion to Food is one of the best basic culinary reference books available. In the latest update of The Oxford Companion to Wine, first published in 1994, not only have hundreds of the book's original 3000 entries been revised but over 400 new entries, such as "Coastal Region," "Heritage Varieties," and "Icon Wine," have been added to this superb reference book. Wine expert, journalist, and author Robinson and her contributors continue to write with zesty enthusiasm about everything from the different varieties of grapes to the world's great wineries and geographic areas of production. Bottom Line Both of these reasonably priced classic books are highly recommended for academic and public libraries, especially those that do not already own previous editions; The Oxford Companion to Wine remains the essential wine resource for most any library's collection. John Charles, Scottsdale P.L., AZ Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Acclaim for The Oxford Companion to Wine:

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

"This giant tome is likely to become 'the' standard reference for wine for the whole wide world.... It really does cover it all and in depth. If you were going to have a one book wine library, this would have to be it."--The Wine Trader

"Easily the most complete compendium of wine knowledge assembled in modern times."--The New York Times

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

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

"I heartily recommend this book as the cornerstone of any wine library and guarantee it will engance your wine appreciation for many years to come."--W.I.N.E. Monitor

"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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198609902
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 10/1/2006
  • Series: Oxford Companion to Wine Ser.
  • Edition description: Third Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 840
  • Sales rank: 62,017
  • Product dimensions: 11.16 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.91 (d)

Meet the Author

About the Author:
Jancis Robinson writes a regular column on wine for the Wine Spectator, the world's biggest-circulation wine magazine, and The Financial Times. Voted The Wine Writer's Wine Writer by her peers for Britain's Observer and dubbed "Undisputed mistress of the kingdom of wines" by France's Madame Figaro, she is regularly asked to lecture and judge all over the world. The Oxford Companion to Wine is her eighth book.

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  • Posted October 5, 2009

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    One of the best wine ref. books

    One of the best wine reference books I've ever purchased.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2001

    A must-have for anyone in the wine business

    There's not a wine-related word that Oxford doesn't cover in this comprehensive book. A wealth of knowledge for anyone who loves wine.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2001

    The 'Wine Bible' for a Restaurateur

    I would like to start by personally commending the wealth of information, as broad as it is, of the 'Companion'. As a three year training sommelier, I constantly refer to the 'Oxford Companion' as a primary resourse of concrete information. It holds a modest degree of history. Most of the pertinent information that should be easily absorbed to the thirsty for knowledge is very difficult to filter through the presentation. If you have a particular subject of shallow search you'll find this an invaluble resourse for that story of a wine, wine region, or specific 'appelation'. If you're into wine making details, start here!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 1999

    Big Wine Lover

    This book is the wine lovers bible. I highly reccomend it to anyone who enjoys wine.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 1999

    There's a better guide out there....

    Robert Joseph's Good Wine Guide 1999 (Dorling Kindersley) is superior to the Oxford Companion as a quick reference..... more diverse referencing and handier size.

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