Robinson at a charity wine dinner in 2010
|Born||Jancis Mary Robinson
April 22, 1950
|Notable award(s)||Order of the British Empire|
Jancis Mary Robinson OBE, MW (born on 22 April 1950) is a British wine critic, journalist and editor of wine literature. She currently writes a weekly column for the Financial Times, and writes for her website JancisRobinson.com. She also provides advice for the wine cellar of Queen Elizabeth II.
Robinson was born in Cumbria, studied mathematics and philosophy at Oxford University and worked for a travel company after leaving university. Robinson started her wine writing career on 1 December 1975 when she became assistant editor for the trade magazine Wine & Spirit. In 1984 she became the first person outside the wine trade to become a Master of Wine. She also served as British Airways' wine consultant, and supervised the BA Concorde cellar luxury selection.
As a wine writer, she has become one of the world's leading writers of educational and encyclopedic material on wine. The Oxford Companion to Wine, edited by Robinson, is widely considered to be the most comprehensive wine encyclopedia in the world. The first edition was published in 1994, and took five years to write after she was signed on as editor in 1988. In addition, The World Atlas of Wine by Hugh Johnson and Robinson is one of the world's leading wine atlases.
In 1995, Jancis Robinson appeared in a 10-episode wine course on BBC 2 television. This series has later been reissued on DVD. A book titled Jancis Robinson's Wine Course was written to accompany the series and has gone through several editions. She has an honorary doctorate from the Open University, and was made an OBE in 2003, among numerous other awards for her writing. Her accolades include multiple Glenfiddich Awards and André Simon Memorial Awards, and a selection as the Decanter "1999 Woman of the Year".
Following a difference of opinion with Robert Parker over the 2003 vintage of Château Pavie, the following media coverage frequently described a "war of words" between the two critics. Less dramatic than the predominant press view, Robinson and Parker currently have a cordial relationship.
Jancis Robinson is married to the food writer Nick Lander, author of The Art of the Restaurateur; they have three children called Julia, William and Rose.
- Robinson, Jancis; Murphy, Linda (2013). American Wine. University of California Press. ISBN 978-1-845-33528-1 and 978-0-520-27321-4 Check
- Robinson, Jancis; Harding, Julia; Vouillamoz, José (2012). Wine Grapes. Allen Lane. ISBN 978-1-846-14446-2.
- Johnson, Hugh; Robinson, Jancis (2007). The World Atlas of Wine (6th ed.). Mitchell Beazley. ISBN 978-1-84533-301-0.
- Robinson, Jancis, ed. (2006). The Oxford Companion to Wine (3rd ed.). Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-860990-2.
- Robinson, Jancis (2003). Jancis Robinson's Wine Course (2nd ed.). Abbeville Press Publishers. ISBN 978-0-7892-0791-3.
- Robinson, Jancis (2008). How to Taste Wine (UK); How to Taste (U.S.). Conran Octopus/Simon & Schuster. ISBN 978-1-84091-520-4.
- Robinson, Jancis (1997). Confessions of a Wine Lover (UK); Tasting Pleasure (U.S.). Penguin/Viking. ISBN 978-0-14-023529-6.
- Robinson, Jancis (1986). Vines, Grapes and Wines. Mitchell Beazley. ISBN 978-1-85732-999-5.
- Robinson, Jancis, jancisrobinson.com Who on earth are we?, accessed on 16 March 2008
- Hall, Lisa Shara, Wine Business Monthly (3 March 2002). "Wine Flies".
- Asimov, Eric, The New York Times (1 November 2006). "A Master of Wine Takes a Fresh Look".
- gremolata.com: Jancis Robinson Interview, accessed on 16 March 2008
- Styles, Oliver, Decanter (14 April 2004). "Parker and Robinson in war of words".
- Voss, Roger, San Francisco Chronicle (27 May 2004). "Robinson, Parker have a row over Bordeaux". The San Francisco Chronicle.
- Robinson, Jancis, jancisrobinson.com (31 March 2008). "Parker and Robinson in clinch".
- Jancis Robinson's Purple Pages
- Jancis Robinson articles in Financial Times
- Podcast of Jancis Robinson discussing "Writing about wine" at the Shanghai International Literary Festival
- An interview with Jancis Robinson
- Jancis on Smart People Podcast