Wine Writing

Appears in

Oxford Companion to Wine

Oxford Companion to Wine

By Jancis Robinson

Published 2006

  • About

wine writing, a parasitical activity undertaken by wine writers enabled by vine-growing and winemaking but more usually associated with wine tasting, and even wine drinking, than with either of the former. For an analysis of wine books through the ages, see literature of wine and for a discussion of words used to describe wine, see language of wine.

Wine writing can now be found not just between hard covers in specialist books but on websites and blogs, in specialist magazines and newsletters, in academic journals, and in general interest magazines and newspapers of even the most populist sort. It is now quite usual for an upmarket and not unusual for a mass-market newspaper to have a regular wine column, although the lack of associated advertising revenue has tended to shrink the total space devoted to wine in print media in the 21st century.