In this completely updated and expanded edition of her international bestseller, Jancis Robinson, one of the world’s most respected wine authorities, offers an engaging introduction to the enjoyment of wine.
"She has an encyclopedic grasp of her subject and doesn’t put a foot wrong...a splendid introduction to the world of wine." -- Decanter Magazine
"Accurate but unstuffy" -- Jan Moir, Guardian
"Witty, brilliant, authoritative" -- Robert M. Parker, Jr., The Wine Advocate
"As elegant and posh as a posh wine shop..." -- Publishers Weekly
The enormous variety of wines available today can be baffling even to an experienced buyer. Anyone who enters a wine store is immediately confronted by rows and rows of racks filled with a myriad of choices. Where do you begin when all you want is a reasonably priced quality wine to serve with dinner? Jancis Robinson can make anyone an expert, or at least an informed buyer, in short order. In this comprehensive guide to the wine-producing countries of the world, she captures the flavor of each region’s wines and presents her personal recommendations on the best names from around the world, with thirty-two completely new pages covering the latest developments in South America, South Africa, and Eastern Europe. Robinson also describes the distinctive characteristics of hundreds of different grape varieties and studies the traditional and innovative methods employed in the creation of great wines. A fully updated vintage guide makes selection even easier.
Dedicated to ensuring that you get the most out of every glass, Jancis Robinson’s Wine Course explains how to taste and store wine, what to serve on special occasions at home, and how to order the best value from a restaurant wine list. Full of infectious enthusiasm and heaps of personal tips, this book will soon have you reaching for the corkscrew.