Author(s): Julia Harding
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. More than 180 esteemed contributors (including 58 new to this edition) range from internationally renowned academics to some of the most famous wine writers and wine specialists in the world. Now exhaustively updated, this fourth edition incorporates the very latest international research to present 300 new entries on topics ranging from additives and wine apps to WSET and Zelen. Over 60 per cent of all entries have been revised; and useful lists and statistics are appended, including a unique list of the world's controlled appellations and their permitted grape varieties, as well as vineyard area, wine production and consumption by country. Illustrated with almost 30 updated maps of every important wine region in the world, many useful charts and diagrams, and 16 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.
Winner of the 2016 James Beard Book Award
This book is as perfect and up to date as you can possibly require ... This book is pleasing to read, endlessly fascinating, both un-put-downable and awesome for quick reference. I have totally fallen in love with it * Extremehousewife * Indispensible. * The Wine Merchant, Issue 40 * As well as a huge weight of information, this wonderful book also manages to entertain and delight. * Stephen Brook, Decanter * there is plenty to discover * Leon Burakowski, Telford Journal * This is Essential reading. Robinson and Harding, along with their team of contributors, have managed to keep the Oxford Companion fresh. * Washington Post * A masterpiece of vinous scholarship. * David Williams, The Observer * The glorious fourth edition is not just a must-own for any wine professional, it is also a must-buy for any drink-loving wine-hound. * Victoria Moore, Daily Telegraph * a handy barometer on how the wine world is doing * Wine-Searcher, Claire Adamson * sheer abundance and global spread of information... some sort of awesomesauce * Observer, David Williams * A must-have in any serious wine library. Even wine writers refer, and defer, to it. * The Wine Review, Ch'ng Poh Tiong * 'Must Buy Book'. The fourth outing of The Oxford Companion to Wine contains lots of new material... If you're looking for a present for the wine lover in your life, this is the most comprehensive wine tome on the market. New research, new trends, new players, new rules, new priorities. No wonder we needed a new edition. The authors and editors have done a distinct service to the wine world with this edition. * Mike Veseth, thewineeconomist.com * By some distance the greatest wine reference book ever created * Wine Times, Ali Nicol * The 4th edition is more than ever the indispensable reference about the most complex alcoholic beverage on the planet. The team assembled by Robinson and Harding represent some of the finest minds in their respective fields. * Australian Financial Review * The world's most useful wine book * Huonhooke.com, Huon Hooke * The most eagerly-awaited and widely-talked about wine book of the past year ... FT columnist Robinson remains one of the world's most respected impartial commentators on wine * Off Licence News * Over 4,000 entries on every wine-related topic imaginable... It's an essential piece for every wine-lover's shelves. * www.foodnetwork.com * I can't live without this book, and have purchased every version since it first came out. It's my go-to reference for research into current and historical grapes and wines. * Becky Sue Epstein, palatepress.com * If you don't own her [Jancis Robinson] magnificent work, then it may be the most essential wine book any enthusiast should possess - a fastidiously researched and well-crafted book on just about everything on wine from a-z. * Robert Parker's bulletin board, Robert Parker * go-to guide * Julie Sheppard, Square Meal Lifestyle * MUST-BUY BOOK ... this is the most comprehensive wine tome on the market * Woman & Home * Thousands of wine students across the globe will rejoice in this unparalleled work of reference and see it as an essential starting point for further study. As a source of well-honed, succinct definitions, the Companion is invaluable ... The revisions for this new edition have been admirably and impeccably thorough ... Even if your bookshelf already groans under the weight of the previous edition, purchasing this revision will be money well spent. 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If you're a wine novice, this one volume could teach you more about wine than any other; and if you're a full-time wine professional, you will still find much in here that you didn't know ... no editors could have brought us a volume closer to perfection than Jancis Robinson and Julia Harding have done * Andrew Jefford, Decanter * This is the ultimate desert island wine book ... gloriously rich on fact ... surely the worlds best general wine reference book * Liz Sagues, Christmas Books 2015, Ham&High * This giant tome is a must for wine aficionados, combining meticulously-researched fact with refreshing opinion and wit * Hannah Stephenson, Christmas Books, Belfast Telegraph * A solid update of a vital reference from a towering authority in the field. * Library Journal * become an armchair expert with the renowned Oxford Companion to Wine * BBC Good Food * If someone is to own just one wine book, Ms. Robinson's mighty effort is the fail-safe proposition. * Wall Street Journal * Written with authority, and sometimes a humour so sly you have to do a double take, this [fourth edition] is still the best place to turn for answers to all your wine queries. * Henry Jeffreys, The Guardian Best Drink Books of 2015 * As well as a huge weight of entertainment, this wonderful book also manages to entertain and delight. * Stephen Brook, Decanter * The revisions for this new edition have been admirably and impeccably thorough... There also is plenty of humor, a quality often lacking in reference works. * Anne Krebiehl, World of Fine Wine * ... even more astonishing than the depth and breadth of revision is the degree of change thats happened in the wide world of wine in the last 10 years to which this edition is testimonial. Its a handy barometer on how the wine world is doing. * Georges Meekers, Times of Malta * It's not always worth buying follow-on editions of classic books, but the fourth outing of the Oxford Companion to Wine contains lots of new material. If you're looking for a Christmas present for the wine lover in your life or just want to own a copy yourself, this is the most comprehensive wine tome on the market. * Woman & Home * This is simply a supremely practical and astonishingly comprehensive reference book. * Liz Sagues, Circle Update *
PREFACE ; CONTRIBUTORS ; ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS ; LIST OF NEW ENTRIES ; MAPS OF THE WINE REGIONS ; NOTE TO THE READER ; COMPLETE LIST OF ENTRIES BY SUBJECT ; COMPANION TO WINE ; APPENDIX 1: CONTROLLED APPELLATIONS AND THEIR PERMITTED GRAPE VARIETIES ; APPENDIX 2A: TOTAL VINEYARD AREA BY COUNTRY ; APPENDIX 2B: WINE PRODUCTION BY COUNTRY ; APPENDIX 2C: PER CAPITA CONSUMPTION BY COUNTRY