Jancis Robinson has been writing about wine since 1975. She now writes weekly for the Financial Times and daily for JancisRobinson.com and is responsible for many of the standard reference books on wine, including The Oxford Companion to Wine and, with Hugh Johnson, The World Atlas of Wine.
In 1984 she was the first person outside the wine trade to pass the rigorous Master of Wine exams and in 2003 was awarded an OBE by Her Majesty the Queen, on whose cellar she now advises.
Jancis loves and lives for wine in all its glorious diversity, generally favouring balance and subtlety over sheer mass. Her desire to demystify the world of wine is the driving force behind the award-winning website, and a catalyst for the Jancis Robinson collection in collaboration with Richard Brendon.
From Jancis on the Collaboration:
"I was intrigued when Walpole alumnus Richard Brendon (chosen as a Brand of Tomorrow in 2015) approached me with a proposal to design a range of wine glasses together. He was probably rather shocked when I said firmly that I wanted to design just one perfect wine glass, but he took it on the chin, I’m delighted to say, and we have enjoyed a wonderfully fruitful collaboration that has resulted in one wine glass, one water glass, and a pair of decanters designed respectively for wines at very different stages in their evolution."
“As someone who wants to make enjoying wine as straightforward and pleasurable as possible, I was insistent on a single glass shape and size. So, in detailed consultation with me, and involving many a prototype, we have come up with the Wine Glass, a working complement to wine thanks to my practical input and a work of art thanks to Richard’s perfectionism."
“I want as many wine enthusiasts as possible to benefit from these lovely glasses so we have done our level best to keep prices as low as practicable for top quality, mouth-blown, truly gorgeous pieces that will enhance any table setting – not least if provided alongside the Water Glasses that precisely mirror the shape of the Wine Glass.”