How to Taste Wine

Jancis Robinson
November 2008

This should really be called JR's Wine Course (but that title was already taken) because it's a way of learning about wine by a series of tasting exercises (not all of them involving wine). This is a heavily revised version of a book I did in 1983 called Masterglass, which Mrs John Avery claims she used to teach her friends about wine. Revising it in 2000 (substituting Jacob's Creek for Hirondelle) and again, very thoroughly, in 2008 taught me a lot about how the world of wine has changed. It appears as How to Taste in the US, published by Simon and Schuster, and as How to Taste Wine in the UK, published by Conran Octopus. 

'clearly designed and commendably well written' Tim Atkin, The Observer, UK

'a thorough, no-nonsense approach to unlocking some of the mysteries of appreciating and enjoying wine' Frank Prial, New York Times 

'for those who want to learn how to taste wine, the Robinson approach is hard to beat!' Gerald D Boyd, San Francisco Chronicle 

'Robinson's reputation as a brilliant wine writer and expert, by anyone's definition, doesn't get in the way of her presenting a thoroughly helpful book, approachable, well-balanced and often fun' Bonnie Walker, San Antonio Express-News