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Pairing wine expertise and refined design, the Jancis Robinson collection is the result of a truly collaborative cross-disciplinary partnership between the celebrated product designer Richard Brendon and world-renowned wine expert Jancis Robinson. The Wine Glass is at the heart of the collection and has been specifically designed to offer the best tasting experience for every wine, whatever its colour, style or strength, including Champagne, port, sherry and beyond. The stemmed glass is joined by a stemless Water Glass and two decanters, each of which has been mouth-blown by master craftspeople in Europe using beautifully bright lead-free glass.
Perfect for everyday use, the carefully designed shape of the ultra-fine tulip-shaped bowl of the stemmed Wine Glass allows the wine to breathe and captures its array of aromas, enhancing the experience of every sip. The bottle-shaped Old Wine Decanter allows for decanting off the sediment while limiting the wine’s surface area, minimising potential oxidation of the wine. It is also sold without the stopper to make an attractive Water Carafe. The generous Young Wine Decanter has plenty of space for a young wine to be swirled and aerated, accelerating the maturing process and allowing the flavours of a younger vintage to develop and mellow in the decanter. The bowl is also large enough to accommodate a magnum. To complete the collection, the accompanying Water Glass just so happens to exactly mimic the shape of the bowl of the Wine Glass.
As well as being functionally perfect, the Jancis Robinson collection has been meticulously designed to look and feel refined, elegant and timeless. The curves from the wine glass run throughout the collection ensuring all of the pieces sit perfectly together. The ultra-fine, but remarkably strong, mouth-blown glass puts the wine drinker in intimate contact with the wine, while creating perfectly balanced pieces which cannot be matched by even the best machine-blown glass.
Jancis has shared the full story of how this small but perfectly formed collection of wine glassware came about in an article on her website, including her justification as to why one glass for all wine makes perfect practical sense. Read it here.
THE WINE GLASS
The only stemmed glass you will need to enjoy every wine at its best. Use this glass for every wine, whatever its colour, including sparkling wine, port, sherry, sweet wines and anything else you want to savour and enjoy to the fullest. This shape has been specially designed to maximise your enjoyment of all wines’ aromas, flavours and textures in the most practical way possible.
THE YOUNG WINE DECANTER
This is a generous and bold decanter for young wines needing aeration and maximum surface area for the wine. The long neck allows for a strong grip which will allow you to swirl the wine energetically, allowing oxygen to encourage and hasten a young wine’s evolution and mellow the flavours. The bowl is also large enough to accommodate a magnum.
THE OLD WINE DECANTER
This bottle-shaped decanter allows you to decant a mature wine off its sediment while ensuring that it is not exposed to too much harmful oxygen. The refined shape follows the form of the Wine Glass and the beautiful mouth-blown stopper adds an element of contemporary design to your table.
THE WATER GLASS
It is always wise to drink water with your wine, and this stemless glass fits perfectly en suite with the Wine Glass to create a beautiful table setting. This tumbler is exactly the same shape as the Wine Glass, so if you do choose to use this stemless version as your wine glass you will still have the benefits of the perfect generous tulip shape.
THE WATER CARAFE
This is the bottle-shaped Old Wine Decanter without the stopper, an understated and versatile water carafe which follows the form of the Wine Glass and the Water Glass to create a beautiful and refined suite. It also fits in the fridge door, keeping your water, or white wine, perfectly chilled.
“The most respected wine critic and journalist in the world” – Decanter magazine
Jancis Robinson has been writing about wine since 1975. She now writes weekly for the Financial Times and daily for JancisRobinson.com and is responsible for many of the standard reference books on wine, including The Oxford Companion to Wine and, with Hugh Johnson, The World Atlas of Wine. In 1984 she was the first person outside the wine trade to pass the rigorous Master of Wine exams and in 2003 was awarded an OBE by Her Majesty the Queen, on whose cellar she now advises.
Jancis loves and lives for wine in all its glorious diversity, generally favouring balance and subtlety over sheer mass. Her desire to demystify the world of wine is the driving force behind the award-winning website, and a catalyst for the Jancis Robinson collection in collaboration with Richard Brendon.
Each piece in the Jancis Robinson collection is expertly mouth-blown in an area of Europe where the craft has been perfected over hundreds of years. The glassblowers are masters in their field and it was imperative they had the skill to make glass as fine and light as Richard and Jancis required for the collection.
“The trickiest bit was getting the quality and weight of the products just right,” says Richard. “Our glass producer initially struggled to get the weight of the glass as light as we required because they had never produced a collection this fine before. We went through many rounds of prototypes, which Jancis and I reviewed together, to ensure we delivered a final product that met every single one of our requirements perfectly.
“That our glassblowers persevered, and very quickly learned how to make the pieces perfectly, is a real testament to their phenomenal skill and dedication to the final vision we all shared.”
◆ Finest Crystal – The glasses are very light, perfectly balanced and of a quality that can only be achieved by mouth blowing. The rim of the wine glass is particularly fine to minimise the amount of glass that comes between the wine and the palate, significantly enhancing the drinking experience.
◆ Mouth-blown – The master craftspeople who meticulously hand-make each piece in the collection are some of the most skilled glass blowers in the world and their expertise is demonstrated in the refinement and technical perfection of each piece.
◆ Lead-free – The lead-free glass used to create the collection ensures that each piece is light, ultra-fine and durable against clouding.
◆ Perfect Pour – a 125ml pour comes to the widest point of the bowl, maximising the release of the all-important aromas.
◆ Simplicity – Un-clutter cupboards, cabinets and shelves as every wine drinker can enjoy wine at its absolute best from one perfectly designed glass.
◆ Dishwasher Safe - Everyday glasses require simple cleaning solutions, so the Wine Glass has been designed to fit any standard dishwasher and its sturdy stem minimises the likelihood of breakages. Not only is the Jancis Robinson collection dishwasher safe, we actually recommend that you wash the wine and water glass in this way. They have both been designed to fit easily into domestic and commercial machines.