Jancis Robinson

Jancis Robinson at a Financial Times Charity Wine Dinner in 2010.
Jancis Robinson at a Financial Times Charity Wine Dinner in 2010.
BornJancis Mary Robinson
(1950-04-22) 22 April 1950 (age 74)
Cumbria, England
OccupationWine critic
Notable awardsOrder of the British Empire

Jancis Mary Robinson OBE, ComMA, MW (born 22 April 1950) is a British wine critic, journalist and wine writer. She currently writes a weekly column for the Financial Times, and writes for her website JancisRobinson.com, updated daily. She provided advice for the wine cellar of Queen Elizabeth II.[1]

Early life and education

Robinson was born in Carlisle, Cumbria, studied mathematics and philosophy at St Anne's College, University of Oxford,[2] and worked in marketing for Thomson Holidays.[3]


Robinson started her wine writing career on 1 December 1975 when she became assistant editor for the trade magazine Wine & Spirit.[1] In 1984, she became the first person outside the wine trade to become a Master of Wine. From 1995 until she resigned in 2010 she served as British Airways' wine consultant, and supervised the BA Concorde cellar luxury selection.[4]

As a wine writer, she has become one of the world's leading writers of educational and encyclopedic material on wine and was described by Decanter as "the most respected wine critic and journalist in the world". The Oxford Companion to Wine, edited by Robinson, is widely considered to be the most comprehensive wine encyclopedia in the world.[5] The first edition was published in 1994, and took five years to write after she was signed on as editor in 1988.[6] In addition, The World Atlas of Wine by Hugh Johnson and Robinson is one of the world's leading wine atlases.[5]

In 1995, Robinson appeared in a 10-episode wine course on BBC 2 television. This series was later reissued on DVD.[7] A book titled Jancis Robinson's Wine Course was written to accompany the series and has gone through several editions. In 2015 she launched an online wine course, "Mastering Wine – Shortcuts to Success" on udemy.[1] In 2022 she launched "An Understanding of Wine", an exclusive online course for BBC Maestro.

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". In 2016, she was made an Officier de l'Ordre du Mérite Agricole, was given the German VDP association's highest honour and won for fourth James Beard Award in the US.[1]

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.[8][9] Less dramatic than the predominant press view, Robinson and Parker as of 2008 had a cordial relationship.[10]

In 2012, Allen Lane (Penguin) in the UK and Ecco in the US published a 1,200-page book called Wine Grapes co-authored by Robinson with Julia Harding MW and Jose Vouillamoz which won every major wine book award. The book provides comprehensive details on 1,368 vine varieties and won six major wine book awards.[11]

In 2018, Jancis appeared in the film SOMM 3 to taste some of the world's finest wines and discuss the Judgment of Paris (wine) with some of the world's most respected wine figures including the late Steven Spurrier (wine merchant).[12][13]

Robinson is married to the food writer Nick Lander, author of The Art of the Restaurateur; they have three children, Julia, William and Rose.[1]



See also


  1. ^ a b c d e www.jancisrobinson.com https://web.archive.org/web/20080214050732/http://www.jancisrobinson.com/articles/20070106_1. Archived from the original on 14 February 2008. ((cite web)): Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ Robinson, Jancis. "Jancis Robinson – the long version". JancisRobinson.com. Archived from the original on 3 July 2014. Retrieved 11 June 2014.
  3. ^ "Jancis Robinson – the long version". jancisrobinson.com. Retrieved 24 March 2021.
  4. ^ Hall, Lisa Shara, Wine Business Monthly (3 March 2002). "Wine Flies". ((cite web)): |first= has generic name (help)CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  5. ^ a b Asimov, Eric, The New York Times (1 November 2006). "A Master of Wine Takes a Fresh Look". The New York Times.((cite news)): CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  6. ^ "Jancis Robinson | Gremolata 103". gremolata.com. Archived from the original on 26 October 2007.
  7. ^ "Jancis Robinson's Wine Course – Complete Collection 2 Disc Set PAL ALL REGIONS: Amazon.co.uk: DVD & Blu-ray". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 25 November 2015.
  8. ^ Styles, Oliver, Decanter (14 April 2004). "Parker and Robinson in war of words". Decanter.com.((cite web)): CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  9. ^ Voss, Roger (27 May 2004). "Robinson, Parker have a row over Bordeaux". San Francisco Chronicle.
  10. ^ Robinson, Jancis (31 March 2008). "Parker and Robinson in clinch". Jancisrobinson.com. Archived from the original on 23 October 2008. Retrieved 5 April 2008.
  11. ^ "The most complete guide to vine varieties and their wines ever". Wine Grapes. 20 June 2014. Retrieved 25 November 2015.
  12. ^ "Third Somm film has all-star cast, says director". 27 March 2018.
  13. ^ Lander, Jess (24 September 2018). "Somm 3 film review: How it compares to the first two". Decanter. Retrieved 21 March 2022.
  14. ^ "Jancis Robinson – the long version". Jancis Robinson. Retrieved 31 July 2017.
  15. ^ "Jancis Robinson". Chartwell Speakers. Retrieved 31 July 2017.
  16. ^ "Cidadãos Nacionais Agraciados com Ordens Portuguesas". Página Oficial das Ordens Honoríficas Portuguesas. Retrieved 31 July 2017.