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American Doug Cook's generally very successful and very ambitious attempt to provide links to just about everything ever published online about wine.

All about Greek Wine
Private company set up by Greek oenologist Sofia Perpera working with Greek producers and industry associations to promote Greek wine, mainly in the US. The website has good basic information on regions, varieties, producers, etc.
English version of Per Warfvinge's Swedish site devoted to Alsace. Lots of information on the region, its producers and wines, even a link to a weather forecast and suggestions on how to tour the region by bike.

Arblaster & Clarke
Britain's leading wine tour specialist with 20 years of experience of various sorts of wine and beer in 26 countries. With regular weekend breaks to the Champagne region, Gourmet Holidays Vineyard Walks and luxury Wine Cruises.
British wine writer, photographer and Master of Wine's good-looking stie with occasionaly vintage profiles and lively prose.

Bacchus & Comus [now an archive - for the new website see Wine Behind The Label]
A rich source of information and reviews on wine, food and restaurants and more, set up by Purple Pager Neville Blech.
Berry Bros & Rudd's very successful fine wine retail site is also packed with information, easy to use and worth visiting just for the experience. This London-based fine wine merchant has led the field online.
Current home for top French tasters Michel Bettane and Thierry Desseauve while they wait for their post Revue du Vin de France exclusion contract to run its course.

Bid for Wine
UK-based site designed as a sort of wine-specific eBay by means of which wine lovers can trade as little as a single bottle at a time. Purple pagers are offered a £20 credit. See here for details.

BK Wine
A Scandinavian site by Britt Karlsson with an English translation. Its interesting attribute, perhaps, is its 3,000 photographs of cellars, vineyards and people around the wine world with useful captions.

Useful site that is basically a directory of all known wine-related websites.

An international wine links library and wine merchant directory - a spinoff from Bordeaux Wine Enthusiasts - see below.

Bordeaux Nut
American Bordeauxphile and fine taster Jim Dove posts his thoughts, notes, experiences and pictures on

Bordeaux Wine Travel
Axel Evertsbusch offers chauffeur service and wine tours around South West France, in English, French or German. 0033 (0)674 998725

Burgundy Report
Bill Nanson's admirably thorough collection of profiles, opinion and tasting notes on the world's most fascinating wine region.

Jim Budd
A one-man band who specialises in hunting down drinks fraud - particularly those who have been luring British investors into buying fine wine and whisky at vastly inflated prices. He spends a considerable amount of time in court and at Companies House, and has been instrumental in closing down a number of dodgy businesses. The only trouble is that their begetters tend to turn up again in different guises. See Budd v the claret web.
American-based, Burgundy-researched site for true Burgundy lovers set up by Allen Meadows, who provides subscribers with tons of independent advice for free thinkers via emailed newsletters.

Ryan and Gabriella Opaz's trailblazing site, based in Spain but with an international outllook. Well plugged in to the bloggers' community.

Cellar Tastings
A US-based listing of wine-related events, with wine, food and travel information.

Cellar Tours
Based in Madrid, Cellar Tours provides luxury bespoke gourmet trips as well as events around food and wine in Ireland, Italy, Portugal and Spain. Members of Slow Food, UNAV (Travel Agency Association in Spain), and the IACP (International Association of Culinary Professionals).

Central Coast Wine Report
Arthur Z Przebinda's admirably thoughtful and well-researched site with a Central Coast bent.

The top wine photo library in the UK and very possibly far beyond. Mick Rock has assembled a great crew of wine-minded photographers and runs a very easy-to-use website.
Useful and comprehensive series of profiles of significant champagne producers by Champagne resident Peter Liem. Subscription required.

Château Ventenac Wine Tours
Attractive property on the Canal du Midi offers tours of the Languedoc, guided by locally based Master of Wine Juliet Bruce-Jones.
A meticulously lovingly updated website by Dane Søren Gudiksen, who describes himself simply as a wine lover. Written in both English and Danish, the website is a rich source of free information on producers in the southern Rhone, but Châteauneuf-du-Pape in particular. Absolutely invaluable.
He's back! Elegantly designed website with occasional contributions, manly on burgundy, from French resident and senior Master of Wine and author.

Civiltà del bere
This iconic Italian wine magazine founded in 1974 by Pino Khail, was the first wine magazine in Italy designed and written by professional journalists. Today is has a readership of 50,000.

Comic Relief
An extremely active and successful British-based charity that raises millions every other year via Red Nose Day for projects in Africa and Britain. Since 1999, fundraising has also included Wine Relief in the build up to Red Nose Day, with a 10% donation from sales of selected wines in supermarkets and a wide range of other one-off activities. and

1001 Delicija (1001 Delicacies)
A Croatian company that promotes the traditional Croatian culture of fine wine and food via festivals, exhibitions and foodie events. They also offer 'tailor-made gourmet travels within Croatia, holiday cooking courses, gastro trips, cooking schools, wine and olive oil trails, cooking team building, gourmet sailings, and special dinners'.
tel +385 98 228386 or +385 98 227618

Britain's oldest consumer wine magazine, now owned, oddly enough, by Time Warner. Good for columns by the likes of Broadbent, Jefford, Johnson and Spurrier, but for news, go to the frequently updated website.

The leading Rhône specialist Jonathan Livingstone-Learmonth shares his unrivalled knowledge.

The Drinks Business & The Drinks Business TV
UK-based glossy trade magazine. &

Dr Vino
American enthusiast Tyler Colman's wine website provides a bit of fun and more stuff on inexpensive wines than most wine media.

English Wine
A useful central resource on cool climate viticulture and its produce.

English Wine Lovers
A well-informed, beautifully presented website and blog dedicated to English wine, kept up-to-date by Elisabeth Else, who must surely be English wine's most passionate ambassador.
English-language version of the tasting notes of www.bettanedesseauve and also home to People in Wine, a podcast on wine, and a new site dedicated to wine professionals - Wine Industry Report.

Food and Wine Matching
Astute and diligent British wine and food writer Fiona Beckett shares her expertise.

For the Love of Port
Excellent independent, free resource, including website, from knowledgeable port lover Roy Hersh of Seattle, who now also organises tours to Portugal and Madeira.

France Property and Information
A wide range of free information on various aspects of living in France, including some information on French wine and properties for sale.

Wines of France
Generic source of information about the world's dominant fine wine producer.

Wines of Germany
Generic source of information in English.

Rebecca Gibb
Well-written, well-informed blog written by a widely travelled UK wine writer based in NZ.

A subversive South African wine magazine edited by Tim James but with an impressive roster of contributors including Michael Fridjhon and Cathy van Zyl MW.

Harpers Wine & Spirit
The bi-weekly subscription-only magazine for the British (some might say international) wine and spirit trade.

Hidden Wineries
A newly established small-scale operation offering a range of ways to help you plan visits to wine regions and specialising in what they refer to as 'hidden wineries'. The service ranges from planning and contacts to tailor-made guided tours.

HoseMaster of Wine
No-one is immune from California sommelier and wine judge Ron Washam's skewering. He polishes that skewer with boundless enthusiasm and acuity.

International Wine Cellar
Stephen Tanzer's newsletter, in direct competition with Robert Parker's Wine Advocate and particularly good on Burgundy, Piemonte, Germany and Austria.

Andrew Jefford
Thoughtful, elegant writing from a thoughtful, elegant English wine writer but now more often found on on Mondays.

Geoff Kelly
Fastidious, experienced, objective Kiwi commentator on the NZ and occasionally Australian wine scene.
Easy to use diary of wine and food events by city, worldwide. (Spirits and beer events as well.) Post your own event or sign up to be notified when new events are posted to your area.

Natalie MacLean
An energetic Canadian wine writer with a lively, enthusiastic voice whose regular email newsletters are free and provide a bright, breezy, very personal perspective on wine.

Madeira Wine Guide
A German-based site for those wise enough to be mad about fine Madeira. The site is packed with information, some quite abstruse, all in English. The look of the thing is a little dull (shades of pot and kettle here), but a visual revamp is promised.

Campbell Mattinson
Australia's most literate wine writer has his own independent site, part of it free.

Richard Mayson
Wine writer and now winemaker specialisting in Portugal. Launched his own free website in June 2009.

Mosel Fine Wine
Independent and seriously detailed reviews of Mosel wines, young and old, by Mosel fanatics David Rayer and Jean Fisch.

Australian wine writer Jeremy Oliver's site.

Robert Parker
The world's most famous wine critic produces a fat newsletter, The Wine Advocate. After a few weeks the contents of the Advocate are published on, whose real value is in its database of Parker's tasting notes, as well as hosting Mark Squires' Wine Bulletin Board since 2002 and what was Neal Martin's You can still read archives of Neal Martin's writing on

Platter Wine Guide
South Africa's exceptionally detailed and useful annual guide to its wines and where to drink them. Originally by John and Erica Platter but now by a team of the size warranted by the job.

Provence Food and Wine
Respected Irish food, wine and travel writer Mary Dowey spends much of the year in the southern Rhône and is now sharing her inside knowledge online. Well written and convincingly opinionated.

Quaffers Offers
Melanie Jones shares tasting notes and useful information on special offers from the UK's supermarkets and retail chains.

Rosé Avengers and Producers
The website for all lovers of rosé wines.

La Revue du Vin de France
France's only consumer wine magazine, part of the Groupe Marie Claire. Very dense and useful, for Francophiles. Lots of tastings and background. Probably more up to the minute than your local retailer, though arguably not quite as up to the minute as it should be.
BP 450, 60732 Sainte-Geneviève Cedex, France
tel (subscriptions) +33 3 44 03 26 17
tel (back numbers, ask for Alexis Bernard) +33 1 41 40 23 23
fax +33 3 44 03 37 02

Geoffrey Roberts Award
Travel bursary awarded to individual making a positive difference to the world of food, drink or travel.
Contact: Venetia Lebus, Hon Secretary
103 Streathbourne Road, London SW17 8RA

Anthony Rose Wine
Seasoned, quizzical British wine writer's personal site, an adjunct to his column in The Independent.

Joanna Simon
Ex Sunday Times (UK) wine writer's personal site with regular recommendations and recipes.

Robert Slotover's blog celebrating diversity in wine and the exploration of unusual grape varieties.

Slow Food
The Tuscany-based organisation dedicated to encouraging quality, biodiversity and endangered varieties in food and drink. It has recently launched the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Italian and English (see below). The Slow Food annual wine guide Italian Wines is an offshoot which, oddly, too often celebrates wines made from non-Italian varieties (see 2003 tre bicchiere selections - Italy's top wines?).

Sucking Grapes by Walter Speller
Our Italian correspondent's own blog.

James Suckling
Wine Spectator refugee's personal site without many tasting notes but with high quality videos shot by one of the co-founders. Very American.

Nick Sweet
Based in Wimereux in France, Nick runs tastings, seminars, courses and trips and specialises in organic and biodynamic wines.

Ten Star Tapas
All about sherry.

David White of Washington DC's lively daily wine blog

Tom Wark's Fermentation
Californian wine PR man Tom Wark's delightfully opinionated rants about matters mainly but not exclusively vinous and American.

Uruguayan Wine Guide
Helmut von Hagen's guide to all things Uruguayan, but especially wine, including information on where to buy Uruguayan wines in the export market. Usefully in Spanish, German and English.

A lively and extremely popular forum, initially for Spanish wine lovers and lovers of Spanish wine. Since early 2004 it also has been available in English.

Vin Avisen
Anker Tiedemann's weekly newsletter about wine, published in Denmark.

Alder Yarrow of San Francisco is prolific, intelligent, literate and won Blogger of the Year in both 2008 and 2009.

Vine Visit
A small and specialist wine tour company owned and run by Durham GP Jamie Harrison and wine writer and educator Helen Savage. Their focus is mainly on the classic wine regions of Europe. There's an emphasis on all things sustainable and travel is generally by rail and road. In association with Adnams of Southwold.
Billed as'The Complete Encyclopedia and Database of Wines and Tastings, Grape Varieties, Viticulture and Vinification, Producers, Auction Prices, Books, and Weblinks'
Joss Fowler, Head of Fine Wine at Fine+Rare and ex Berry Bros, writes a rollicking energetic blog tackling everything from the virtues of a slice of orange in vodka tonic (as opposed to lemon) to the complexities of investing in wine.

Wine-orientated tourist destination and wine tour, located between Borough Market and the river in London SE1. Offers a tour of wine and its associated pleasures, Majestic shop, an events venue and 4 restaurants. City of Wine
1 Bank End
London SE1 9BU
tel +44 (0)20 7940 8300
fax +44 (0)20 7940 8302
A comprehensive independent guide to the best of wine and culinary travel in regional Australia. It has the largest searchable database of Australian wineries and vineyards, plus wine education and wine region accommodation, linked to food (growers, makers, markets, provedores, restaurants, cooking schools), golf and related activities. Subscribers to Visit Vineyards® receive a special rate when they join and pay in Australian dollars.

Leading wine portal in German and now English.

An American retail wine search engine - not nearly as useful or easy to use as WineSearcher.

Wine Alchemy
Personal site of British wine enthusiast Paul Howard whose report on New Zealand is published on this site and whose special interests are New Zealand, Burgundy and biodynamics.

British scientist-cum-wine enthusiast and writer Jamie Goode's quizzical, increasingly rich and worthwhile website. Crammed with wine science - an absolute must for wine students.

Wine Appreciation Guild
A San Francisco-based specialist publisher and retailer of wine books, videos, wine accessories, maps, DVDs - you name it, they got it.

Wine Behind The Label
Purple Pager Neville Blech's views on wine, food and travel.

Wine Business
A consistently interesting California-based wine business publication and website for wine professionals. Used barrels? Bulk wine? A job? It's all here.

Wine Cellar Door
A brilliantly useful website designed and lovingly maintained by Elisabeth Else, guiding you to practically everything you want or need to know about visiting English and Welsh vineyards including getting involved with the harvest.

The Wine Doctor
Neonatalogist Chris Kissack adds something to his well-designed, well-informed site most days before going to tend newborns in northwest England. He's a true enthusiast, particularly enthusiastic about France, especially the Loire.

Wine Economist
Washington state academic’s unusually meaty blog looks at wine issues more seriously and cerebrally than most.

Wine Enthusiast
America's other wine magazine is trying hard and is another disciple of the 100-point system.

The Wine Gang
British wine writers Tom Cannavan, Jane Parkinson, Anthony Rose, Joanna Simon and Dave Williams report on what UK retailers have to offer.

Wine Hardware
A US retail site associated with Wine Appreciation Guild (see above).

The Wine Info Site

European attempt at providing a wide variety of wine information. Not as comprehensice as Ablegrape or

Wine Library TV
Gary Vaynerchuk hardly needs anyone else to publicise him.. Check out his near-daily online wine tasting shows, based on bottles plucked off the family Wine Library store in New Jersey.

Wine Lovers Page
American Robin Garr's information-packed site with a particularly active international wine forum (which even reaches Antarctica apparently) and an online tasting course. See more detailed profile in wine news.

Wine Magazine
South Africa's leading magazine for wine consumers.
Home winemaking community discussion forum supplemented by forums on other aspects of wine plus cooking and travel. Associated with

Wine Pages
Scot Tom Cannavan's Glasgow-based wine information site. Britain's most important free wine information site by far, with a particularly active British wine forum and lots of bells and whistles, though not a lot of design finesse.

Wine Searcher
A particularly effective wine retail search engine started by an employee of London fine wine merchant Berry Bros & Rudd and now operated largely from New Zealand (though you'd never know it). Reveals fascinating worldwide price comparisons. The 'Pro' version includes far more sources for the wines listed but you do have to pay for it.

Wine Spectator
The dominant American wine magazine. Very glossy and increasingly lifestyle-focused with a lively website attached. In the US, Parker's and Wine Spectator's scores out of 100 dominate wine retailing, unfortunately.

Wine Terroirs
French photographer and writer Bert Celce's blog has extremely high quality photography, as one would expect, and excellent English, which one might not. Personal reports on wine places and people in France.

Wine Travel Guides
Wink Lorch, wine writer and educator who specialises in Savoie and the Jura, launched this online guide to visiting wine regions in 2007. And there's a team of well-travelled wine writers behind the various reports.

Sells wine hardware. Glasses, decanters etc.

Wine Web
Useful resource (particularly but by no means exclusively for Americans) listing details of more than 34,000 wine producers worldwide, with information on how to buy their wines.

MW Sally Easton's website, regularly updated and including pithy relevant articles with a well-rounded coverage of topics. The book reviews are especially useful. Sally's work encompasses consultancy, training, events and judging.

Juel Mahoney's very personal and literate writing on loves in wine. She also writes the more factual on Italian wine.

Winery Stay
Distinctly spotty vacation guide to wineries around the wortd who welcome overnight visitors.

The World of Fine Wine
An upmarket, quite expensive, but admirably serious bi-monthly glossy magazine about top-quality wine that was launched in summer 2004.

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