Award-winning wine writer Jancis Robinson featured in virtual lecture

Jancis Robinson, one of the world’s leading wine writers, joins Greg V. Jones, director of the Linfield University Evenstad Center for Wine Education, for a special virtual conversation on all things wine at 9 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 28. Pre-registration is required at

The event, which is free and open to the public, is part of the annual Marka and Thomas Hughes Endowed Wine Lecture Series at Linfield University.

“This is a conversation you won’t want to miss as we discuss all things wine-related and share a virtual glass together,” Jones said. “There are over 80 years of shared wine experience between the two of us. Whether you’re an industry veteran or just starting out on your journey with wine, our audience members will certainly enjoy this memorable conversation.”

Robinson was voted the world’s most influential wine critics in polls in the U.S., France and internationally in 2018. She writes daily for and weekly for the Financial Times. She is founder-editor of The Oxford Companion to Wine, co-author with Hugh Johnson of The World Atlas of Wine and co-author of Wine Grapes. Each of these books is recognized as a standard reference worldwide.

Robinson travels all over the world to conduct wine events – often for the global literacy initiative Room to Read – and in 2018 launched her own hand-made, dishwasher-friendly, ideal wine glass. In 1984, she was the first person outside the wine trade to pass the rigorous Master of Wine exams and in 2003 she was awarded an OBE by Her Majesty the Queen, on whose cellar she now advises. She has six James Beard Awards, including being the only wine writer elevated to the James Beard Cookbook Hall of Fame.

Linfield’s Wine Lecture Series features a wide range of diverse voices and perspectives from top industry professionals. In February, the Evenstad Center for Wine Education joins with the Office of Inclusion, Access and Diversity to present lectures celebrating Black brilliance in wine moderated by Jennifer Madden, dean of Linfield’s School of Business. The events are:

  • Women in Wine: A Black woman’s story – Tuesday, Feb. 23 from 12-1:15 p.m. Hear from a panel of Black women winemakers including Chevonne Ball of Dirty Radish wine tours and Justin Trabue, assistant winemaker at Lumen Wines.
  • A Black man’s journey to winemaking – Thursday, Feb. 25 from 12-1:15 p.m. Bertony Faustin of Abbey Creek Vineyard and Marcus Johnson of FLO Wines discuss the industry in light of the events of the past year, individual winery projects and how they came to the world of wine.

For more information about the Wine Lecture Series, call 503-883-2766 or email