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.
Richard is a London based product designer who is known internationally for creating refined and dynamic tableware for some of the most iconic retailers and hotels in the world.
Richard founded his brand in 2013 after becoming fascinated with the history of design in British bone china and the heritage craft industry in Stoke-on-Trent, England. Since then he has designed collections for the Four Seasons, Gleneagles, The Corinthia London, Fortnum & Mason, Lane Crawford and Harrods among others. Richard started working with glass blowers in Bohemia in 2015 and, inspired by the skill and precision of the craft, now designs collections of glassware that challenge the traditional aesthetic. Richard pairs his passion for heritage crafts with an eye for modern design to create collections that elevate the experience of dining and entertaining.
“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.
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 style or strength, including Champagne, port, sherry and beyond. The stemmed glass is joined by a stemless Water Glass and two decanters, all of them mouth-blown by master craftspeople in Europe using beautifully bright lead-free 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 to ensure all of the pieces fit perfectly together, while the ultra-fine, but remarkably strong, mouth blown crystal puts the wine lover in intimate contact with the wine, enhancing the tasting experience every time.
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.
Jancis Robinson collection has come about as all great design innovations do: in response to an everyday frustration.
“I was looking for the perfect wine glass,” says Jancis. “I love white wine as much as red and have never understood why white wine glasses are routinely smaller than those designed for red wine. White wines can be just as complex, and just as deserving of what you might call aroma enhancement as reds. It just seems so obvious and sensible to have one single wine glass for all three colours of wine – especially when so many of us are short of storage space.
“On my travels around the world of wine, it has become really noticeable in the last few years that producers of champagne and other sparkling wines, as well as those making sherry, port and other fortified wines, want their precious liquids to be appreciated in just the same way as table wines.”
Set of 2 | ø9cm, H22.4cm