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How to Taste. Jancis Robinson

3.83  ·  Rating Details  ·  169 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
Helps to learn the correct way to taste wine. This work also helps to learn how to recognise the popular grape varieties from Chardonnay to Riesling, Pinot Noir to Cabernet Sauvignon, and why you should choose a good sparkling wine over cheap Champagne. It offers advice on choosing from a wine list and how to match food with wine.
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published November 3rd 2008 by Conran Octopus (first published September 25th 2001)
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Feb 13, 2015 Tim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: food-drink
This was an informative and pleasant read that helped me get started on understanding different wine varieties. Robinson goes over the basics of tasting and identifying different wines. She has sections on the major grape varieties and wine producing regions. The book is well-illustrated with a number of photographs. I am definitely hanging onto this one and referring to it from time to time. At this point I have no plans to become a connoisseur, but, thanks to this book, I do have a better unde ...more
Wesley-James Robinson
Honestly when I was first starting out with wine I wish someone had told me to pick up this book. It is well written, easily approachable, uses standard english instead of jargon and defines things as you go. It also manages to avoid the pitfall of unintentional arrogance that can come through with wine books. Rather than listing off general ideas of what to explore where and leaving the rest up to the reader, specific wines and regions are mentioned. Variation in flavors are mentioned. Winemaki ...more
Jan 20, 2016 Cherie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction, wine
Good reference book
Jul 07, 2014 Dana rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This looked like such a great book. I bought it quite a while ago and was so looking forward to reading it. Unfortunately it was just okay. There is a lot in the book that could easily be cut out and the info it did have was not all that helpful. I don't think it really taught much at all about tasting and analyzing wine. The best part of the book was the grape profiles. Bot overall I expected a lot more from Jancis Robinson who has such a great reputation. Maybe a different book from her would ...more
Gwen Brophy
Jan 30, 2008 Gwen Brophy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was very easy to read, very approachable for people who don't know anything about wine. I enjoyed it and find myself looking at wine differently when we go out, all sniffing it and swirling it around in the glass. I still can't tell a Burgundy from a Bordeaux, but I think that's probably my fault, not the books.

It got a bit overwhelming towards the end when she started going into individual wine types. I suspect, over time, it will become more apparent.
Jun 22, 2012 Molly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful introduction to the world of wine tasting. Jancis Robinson starts with a tutorial on how to see, smell and taste wines with suggestions for tasting notes. Then she does quick chapters on most of the varietals and describes various tasting exercises. Well written with updated information. I know I'll come back to this book for reference.
Apr 28, 2013 Tina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cooking-and-wine
I really enjoyed the first part. Jancis Robinson teaches readers how to taste wine. I like the "Practice" sections. Mrs. Robinson teaches you how to taste/recognizes sweetness, acid, tannins ...

The second part, is on the different grape varietals. Good, quick introduction to the world of wine.
Dec 09, 2011 Roblyn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Supposed to be an unpretentious look at how to taste wine - probably hard to be an expert in a subject like this without sounding pretentious. I did enjoy parts of it and did learn a few new things - mildly interesting if you're interested in wine at all.
Jul 14, 2011 Phil rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wine-and-spirits
A short but well done "course" in how to taste wine - almost requires a couple of cases to open and sample, but it gets you thinking about more than good/bad, it helps you figure out what it tates like.
Tonia Mccutchan
Dec 15, 2010 Tonia Mccutchan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
trains even the most uneducated and novice wine enthusiast how to become an expert wine taster. Enjoyed reading and using the at home "practice" workshops provided for additional training.
Jun 15, 2009 Corrina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
great book, as always from this author!
Aug 08, 2011 Dayna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great overview. Good exercises.
Soso Done
Jan 22, 2013 Soso Done rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
very informative.
Nov 29, 2007 Alexandra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in wine, especially those who think they do not have the ability to taste
Shelves: wine
A classic!
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Jancis Mary Robinson OBE, MW 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 She also provides advice for Queen Elizabeth II's wine cellar.

Robinson studied mathematics and philosophy at Oxford University and worked for a travel company after leaving university. Robinson
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