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Jancis Robinson launches wine tasting course with BBC Maestro

Jancis Robinson MW will be hosting BBC Maestro’s latest course in wine tasting, An Understanding of Wine, from next month, calling participants to “uncork the secrets of the wine world”.

Jancis Robinson wine tasting
Photographer: Gareth Iwan Jones

The course offers lessons focused on debunking common wine myths, breaking down tasting techniques, and deciphering both labels and the language of wine.

Robinson addresses key factors shaping the modern wine market, including the backlash against the use of glass for inexpensive wines and how the plant-based movement has created a need to re-examine classic pairing approaches.

The full course consists of 25 lessons over 5 hours and has been designed for viewers to learn at their own pace.

Robinson also delves into different vintages, wine pricing, the natural wine movement, sustainability in winemaking, the impact of climate change, and expert advice on investing in wine.

Robinson said: ““By the end of this course, I hope I will have helped you find the wine that you like (because there are no rights and wrongs in wine appreciation) and get the most from every single sip.”

She added: “To me, wine is extraordinary because it is just the fermented juice of a single fruit – yet it appears in so many different colours, styles and flavours.

“There aren’t many products that tell you exactly when it was made, which little spot on the globe it came from and the name of the producer.

“Good wine doesn’t have to be expensive – while the gap between the cheapest and the most expensive wine has continued to widen, the quality has narrowed considerably. We should take advantage of the large array of mid-level wines produced today.”

Robinson was the first person outside the wine trade to pass the rigorous Master of Wine exams. She was awarded an OBE for her work in wine, advises on the Queen’s cellar, and is the only wine writer to make the James Beard Cookbook Hall of Fame.

The cost of the course is £80 for a lifetime access to the lessons with some including Top 10 Ways to Pick the Right Bottle and The Language and Price of Wine and How to Taste.

Robinson made headlines last year after Miami-based digital media company Recurrent Ventures acquired her website,, for an undisclosed sum.

Founded in 2000 as an independent publisher, has steadily grown its subscriber base of wine enthusiasts across 82 countries. The website provides free comprehensive guides to wine regions, grape varieties and vintages. The content will remain free to access under its new owner, and there will be an increased focus on wines from the US.

To read more about the acquisition, click here.

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