The Decanter Power List 2013

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10 Jancis Robinson
MW OBE (10)
Author, journalist, broadcaster and consultant, 63 Robinson is extra ord inar ily energetic: wherever there is an unusual or unique tasting – a Hill of Grace vertical here, a flight of Moroccan wines there – Robinson is on hand with a trenchant opinion and a list of recommendations. In the 2011 Power List we described her as, for many, ‘the most respected wine critic and journalist in the world’, and that opinion has to stand. In the past year she has added the encyclopaedic Wine Grapes to her list of more than 20 published books, her Financial Times column brings gravitas, her website has paid-up subscribers in 100 countries, she has 178,000 Twitter followers, and scarcely a month passes without recognition from one august body or another – not to mention the OB E. Most significantly, the world wine landscape is shifting. The Wine Advocate’s reputation has come under scrutiny, and Robert Parker Jr’s star is on the wane. While Robinson is a long way from picking up that mantle (for all her renown, she doesn’t influence sales in the same way that Parker does), she remains one of the few critics with true international clout.