British author Jancis Robinson, called “the most respected wine critic and journalist in the world” by Decanter magazine, has donated her archive from over four decades of wine writing to the UC Davis Library.
Robinson is the author of numerous books including The 24-Hour Wine Expert, a practical guide to the essentials of wine. She is also co-author of The World Atlas of Wine and Wine Grapes: A complete guide to 1,368 vine varieties, and editor of The Oxford Companion to Wine.
She currently advises the cellar of Her Majesty the Queen.
In 1984, Robinson became the first person outside the wine trade to qualify as a Master of Wine, one of the most prestigious credentials in the wine world. In its 60-year history, fewer than 400 people have passed the rigorous examination to become Masters of Wine.
Robinson broke into the wine world at a time when the field was still dominated by men and has been called one of the 10 most powerful women in wine.
She has been presented with high honors in more than half a dozen countries, including the Order of the British Empire (OBE) and France’s Officier du Mérite Agricole.
For a full listing of awards, publications and other notable achievements, see her bio at JancisRobinson.com.