Wine, the Web, and Jancis Robinson


Jancis Robinson has been writing about wine since 1975, authoring some of the world’s most respected books on the subject. She is a wine correspondent of the London Financial Times, and the first non-trade Master of Wine as well an OBE. She considers herself a contemporary of Robert Parker, as well as the author of several books – most notably a massive tome called The Oxford Companion to Wine – as well as several television shows and other broadcast media, Jancis is considered to be the one of the most (if not the most) prolific wine writers on the planet.

Join us as we talk with Jancis about wine, her career, her colleagues, and her huge impact on a generation and a half of wine consumers. We’ll discuss several of today’s hot button issues, and maybe tilt at a windmill or two in the process.

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4 Responses to “Wine, the Web, and Jancis Robinson”

  1. 1 Gregg Oct 5th, 2010 at 10:16 pm

    Thanks for the podcast. It was great to hear from Jancis. I really like her “down-to-earthness” reviews on wine. I am also proud to boast that during a trip to London I emailed her from the FT website expecting to get a secretary. All I wanted was my copy of The Oxford Companion to Wine autographed. She graciously emailed me back ( I was elated to receive a personal email from someone I truly admire), and told me NOT to “lug my copy over-the-pond”, but to pick up the new edition which just happened to be in stores the day of my arrival (I think it was October 25 2006). I was more than happy to do so. We finally connected by tele and she invited my nephew and I to her home. We chatted (I was tongue-tied), I gave her a gift of wine that I bought for the occasion and she opened a bottle of Champagne. That’s right, I drank Champagne with Jancis Robinson in her home! Needless to say, I will never forget that day. Jancis Robinson is a very nice, and charming Lady.

    Thanks again for the podcast.


  2. 2 Wine2Three Nov 22nd, 2010 at 9:18 pm

    Wow that’s an amazing note from Gregg above! I am also a huge fan of Jancis Robinson and will definitely revisit this podcast! 🙂

  3. 3 Mahmoud Ali Feb 16th, 2011 at 1:18 am

    I’ve listened to two interviews on GrapeRadio today and both were with women writers and both thought that Beaujolais and Greek wines were well worth exploring (earlier it was Alice Feiring). Amazing, this is going to get me to try some ’09 Beaujolais and put a few more Greek wines in the cellar.

    Jancis Robinson is one of my favourite wine writers. I first saw her when she hosted the BBC’s 6-part series on wine. Later I read her book “Tasting Pleasure: Confessions of a Wine Lover” a delightful book about her career in wine. The book is chalk-full of interesting insights, delightful characters, amusing anecdotes, and of course her seminal wine moment, the 1959 Chambolle-Musigny.

    Over the years I’ve discovered that my palate agrees with hers. This interview only reinforces my opinion as I too find sherry an incredibly underated drink (I’m drinking Lustau ‘Los Arcos’ Amontillado at cost because the store I bought it from can’t get rid of it!). I also think that Canadian Ice Wine overated, overpriced, and relatively simple, and would much prefer almost any other desert wine at the price.

    Okay, this is only tounge-in-cheek but, “The King is dead, long live the Queen!”


  4. 4 Mahmoud Ali Feb 16th, 2011 at 1:34 am


    Great story, and yes, a very charming lady.

    Also, thanks to the GrapeRadio Bunch for the podcast. I first came across GrapeRadio when I was in Australia and the interview was with Serge Hochar of Chateau Musar. Another insightful interview.


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