Wine Grapes by Jancis Robinson
A Complete Guide to 1,368 Vine Varieties, Including Their Origins and Flavours

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An indispensable book for every wine lover, from some of the world's leading wine experts.

Where do wine grapes come from and how are grape varieties related to one another? What is the historical background of each one? Where are they grown? What sort of wines do they make?

Using cutting-edge DNA analysis and detailing almost 1,400 distinct grape varieties, as well as myriad correct (and incorrect) synonyms, this book examines grapes and wine as never before. Here is a complete, alphabetically presented profile of all grape varieties of relevance to the wine lover, charting the relationships between them and including unique and astounding family trees, their characteristics in the vineyard, and—most important—what the wines made from them taste like.

Presented in a stunning design with eight-page gatefolds that reveal the family trees, and a rich variety of full-color illustrations from Viala and Vermorel's century-old classic ampelography, the text will deepen readers' understanding of grapes and wine with every page. Combining Jancis Robinson's worldview and nose for good writing and good wines with Julia Harding's research, expertise, and attention to detail plus Dr. Vouillamoz's unique level of scholarship, Wine Grapes offers essential and original information in greater depth and breadth than has ever been available before. This is a book for wine students, wine experts, and wine lovers everywhere.


About Jancis Robinson

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Jancis Robinson is one of the world's best-known wine authorities, the wine correspondent for the Financial Times, and the author of several books on wine, including The World Atlas of Wine and The Oxford Companion to Wine-the only drinks book among the James Beard Books Committee's 20 Essential Books to Build Your Culinary Library chosen for the James Beard Foundation's twentieth anniversary. Her award-winning website ( and has legions of subscribers from around the world and thousands of Twitter followers. She lives in London.Julia Harding passed the Master of Wine exams at the top of her class and is now Jancis Robinson's fulltime assistant. She played a major part in assuring the high quality and consistency of the most recent editions of The Oxford Companion to Wine and The World Atlas of Wine. She lives in London. José Vouillamoz is one of the world's foremost experts on grape DNA profiling and the author of several scientific papers and groundbreaking discoveries. After receiving his Ph.D. from the University of Lausanne (Switzerland), he was trained at the University of California, Davis. He is currently based in his native Switzerland.
Published September 24, 2013 by Ecco. 1280 pages
Genres: Cooking, Science & Math, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Fiona Beckett on Oct 19 2012 would make a fantastic Christmas present for any wine geek, and one that will provide an endless source of fiendish questions for quiz-setters.

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