Robinson, who will speak at UC Davis on Feb. 16, is the author of numerous books, including, most recently, The 24-Hour Wine Expert, a practical guide to the essentials of wine. She is also co-author of The World Atlas of Wine and Wine Grapes: A Complete Guide to 1,368 Vine Varieties, Including Their Origins and Flavours, and editor of The Oxford Companion to Wine (disclosure: this author contributed to the Oxford Companion to the Wines of North America under Robinson’s editorship).

She is founder of the award-winning and wine correspondent of the Financial Times. She was the first person outside the wine trade to qualify as a Master of Wine and currently advises the cellar of Queen Elizabeth II.

Jancis Robinson holds a glass of wineJancis Robinson ( photo)

“I feel extremely honored that all my papers, notebooks, tasting notes and professional photographs have found a home in a part of the world that has been so important to me and my life’s work in wine,” Robinson said. “It is a particular pleasure to be in the company of such towering figures in the world of wine as Hugh Johnson, Robert Mondavi and Maynard Amerine in the famous UC Davis Library.”

Among Robinson’s papers now at the library are:

  • Tasting notes dating back to 1976;
  • 275 notebooks recording Robinson’s travels around the world of wine;
  • Robinson’s published work since her first (fashion) article written in 1965;
  • Correspondence with luminaries including wine critic Robert Parker, British food writer Elizabeth David, author Julian Barnes, and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair; and
  • Photographs ranging from official events, to shots of filming on location, to informal photos of Robinson with friends and colleagues.