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Jancis Robinson on Women and Wine

I stumbled across this interview with Jancis Robinson recently which is actually quite bad, because it dwells for the entire interview on the fact that Robinson is a woman, even though one of the first things she says in the interview is that making a big deal about women in the wine industry is patronizing and no longer news.

That having been said, Robinson, who is the author of the definitive Oxford Companion To Wine, has lots of good perspective on women in the wine industry. Read the interview here.

Comments (4)

Kieca wrote:
01.20.05 at 11:55 AM

Gah! Sadly, as long as there are women out there referring to themselves as goddesses and telling women (in wine books especially written for those gals, because god knows a woman cannot possibly understand regular old wine books) that chardonnay is "the little black dress of wine", this "women are different and must be treated differently, and often like children or anomalies" thing is going to perpetuate in the industry. And it makes me sad. And yes, bitter. I mean, if women themselves are not going to tell people to cut it out, no one else will.

Jancis Robinson is awesome, though, and not part of that problem. And a lot of other women are not, either.

Courtney wrote:
03.20.06 at 4:05 PM


It looks like this article is no longer available, fyi.



Alder wrote:
03.20.06 at 4:32 PM

Ack. Bummer.

Thanks for letting me know. Sorry folks. That's one of the things that happens on the web.

Alder wrote:
03.20.06 at 5:13 PM

Here's a link to Jancis talking about some issues related to women. Not the same article, but at least SOMETHING to read:

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