Jancis Robinson MW has released her latest book, which claims to help readers to become a wine expert in just 24 hours.
The 24-hour Wine Expert (released 4th February 2016), in just over 100 pages, covers a range of wine basics, including understanding labels, matching wine and food, common grape varieties, key wine regions and understanding wine jargon.
‘The aim of this book is to share my knowledge with you and make you a self-confident wine expert in 24 hours, by stripping away the non-essentials and concentrating on what really matters,’ says Robinson in her introduction.
The book was inspired by Dutch wine writer, Hubrecht Duijker, and his book Wine Expert in a Weekend.
It includes advice for every day wine drinking, including ‘Ten ways to pick the right bottle’, with tips such as ‘For unexpensive white wines, choose the youngest vintage possible’ and to look ‘for wines bottled as close as possible to where the grapes were grown.’
Robinson also includes some of her personal favourite Champagne growers, in ‘Matching Wine to the Occasion’, as well as ‘Heart-stopping’ wines and ‘Bottles to knock socks off’.
Readers can also see what their wine choices reveal about them, including ‘Natural wine: hipster’ and ‘Wine in heavy bottles: Marketing victim’.
Robinson released the fourth edition of The Oxford Companion to Wine, with Julia Harding MW, in December 2015.