In 2018, Jancis was elected the world’s most influential wine critic in polls in the US, France and worldwide, and sees herself as a wine writer rather than a wine critic. She writes for JancisRobinson.com every day and for the Financial Times on a weekly basis. She is the founder-editor of The Oxford Wine Companion and co-author of The World Atlas of Wine with Hugh Johnson (4.7 million copies sold just before the 8th edition was published in October 2019) each of these books is known as a standard guide worldwide and is co-authored by Wine Grapes. A slim paperback guide to the practical basics of wine is The 24-Hour Wine Expert (2017).
She travels around the world to host wine activities, mostly for the Room to Read global literacy project, and launched her own hand-made, dishwasher-friendly, perfect wine glass in 2018. She was the first person to pass the rigorous Master of Wine exams outside the wine trade in 1984 and in 2003 she was awarded an OBE by Her Majesty the Queen, in whose cellar she now advises. She was awarded the French Officier du Mérite Agricole, the German VDP’s highest distinction, and, in the US, her fourth James Beard Award in one week in April 2016. She now has six, including becoming the James Beard Cookbook Hall of Fame’s only wine editor.