British critic Jancis Robinson's career in the spotlight

Joining other prestigious winners such as Hugh Johnson, Robert Mondavi, Jean-Michel Cazes, Miguel Torres and Philippine de Rothschild, Jancis Robinson MW has been awarded the 2024 Institute of Masters of Wine Lifetime Achievement Award. The award was officially presented on February 11 in Paris during the Vinexposium V d'Or ceremony.

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The first woman outside the wine industry to win the prestigious title of Master of Wine in 1984, Jancis Robinson has distinguished herself with a particularly rich career spanning almost five decades. Known above all for her works – her articles published in The Financial Times and on her website of the same name, as well as her twenty books – she has also presented television programs to democratize wine and given her advice, including to Queen Elizabeth II on the management of her cellar.

A true source of inspiration

“Of course, she is best known as a tireless and fiercely independent wine critic, but Jancisa's contribution to the world of wine goes far beyond her commentary and tasting notes,” summarized Patrick Schmitt MW, editor-in-chief of the British magazine The. The liquor business. “His analysis, always on the cutting edge of current events, has allowed amateurs and professionals alike to stay informed about what's really happening in the industry.” Describing Jancis Robinson as a true inspiration and influencer ahead of her time, for wine lovers and professionals alike, Cathy van Zyl MW, president of IMW, insisted that “many” people have benefited from Jancis's insightful remark about their business or the challenges they face, others will remember how she guided them on their wine journey with a quiet word of encouragement or pragmatic advice.” When her award was announced, Jancis Robinson said she was particularly “surprised and delighted to be honored my peers and joined such a line of wine stars, many of whom are longtime friends”.

Second consecration

As if to illustrate the contribution of British criticism to the world of wine, its efforts to recognize the importance of old vines to the world's wine heritage have also been rewarded, this time as part of the V d'Or Vinexposia. The Register of Old Vines, currently the most comprehensive database of old vine listings in the world, won the award in the category “Best Transfer Initiative”. The registry was started 15 years ago at the instigation of Jancis Robinson, with the help of Tamlyn Currin, a columnist at jancisrobinson.com. Originally an Excel file, the registry has been transformed, thanks to American journalist Alder Yarrow and funding from Jackson Family Wines, into a participatory database that now lists 3,100 vineyards in 35 countries. To be listed, the vines must be at least 35 years old, which is stipulated by several world associations dealing with the protection of old vines.

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