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

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.
www.allaboutgreekwine.com

Alsace-Wine.net
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.
www.alsace-wine.net

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.
www.winetours.co.uk

TimAtkin.com
British wine writer, photographer and Master of Wine's good-looking stie with occasionaly vintage profiles and lively prose.
www.timatkin.com

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.
www.bacchusandcomus.com

bbr.com
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.
www.bbr.com

BettaneDesseauve.com
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.
www.bettanedesseauve.com

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.
www.bidforwine.co.uk

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.
www.bkwine.com

BlueWine.com

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

BordeauxCentral
An international wine links library and wine merchant directory - a spinoff from Bordeaux Wine Enthusiasts - see below.
www.bordeauxcentral.blogspot.com

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


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

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

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.
jim@investdrinks.org
www.investdrinks.org

Burghound.com
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.
www.burghound.com

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

Cellar Tastings
A US-based listing of wine-related events, with wine, food and travel information.
www.cellartastings.com/en/links

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).
www.cellartours.com

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

Cephas
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.
www.cephas.com

ChampagneGuide.net
Useful and comprehensive series of profiles of significant champagne producers by Champagne resident Peter Liem. Subscription required.
www.champagneguide.net

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.
www.chateauventenac.com

www.chateauneuf.dk
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.
www.chateauneuf.dk

CliveCoates.com
He's back! Elegantly designed website with occasional contributions, manly on burgundy, from French resident and senior Master of Wine and author.
www.clive-coates.com

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.
www.civiltadelbere.com

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.
www.rednoseday.com and www.rednoseday.com/partners/wine-relief

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
laniva@1001delicija.com
www.1001delicija.com

Decanter
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.
www.decanter.com

DrinkRhone.com

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

The Drinks Business & The Drinks Business TV
UK-based glossy trade magazine.
www.thedrinksbusiness.com & www.drinksbusinesstv.com

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

English Wine
A useful central resource on cool climate viticulture and its produce.
www.english-wine.com

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.
www.englishwinelovers.co.uk

FineWinePress.com
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.
www.finewinepress.com

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

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.
www.fortheloveofport.com

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.
www.france-property-and-information.com

Wines of France
Generic source of information about the world's dominant fine wine producer.
www.vins-france.com

Wines of Germany
Generic source of information in English.
www.germanwineinfo.co.uk

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

grape
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.
www.grape.co.za

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

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.
www.hidden-wineries.com

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.
hosemasterofwine.blogspot.com

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.
www.internationalwinecellar.com

ItalianMade.com
WYSIWYG.
www.italianmade.com

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

Geoff Kelly
Fastidious, experienced, objective Kiwi commentator on the NZ and occasionally Australian wine scene.
www.geoffkellywinereviews.co.nz

LocalWineEvents.com
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.
www.localwineevents.com

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.
www.natdecants.com

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.
www.madeirawineguide.com

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

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

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

OnWine
Australian wine writer Jeremy Oliver's site.
www.jeremyoliver.com.au

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 eRobertParker.com, 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 wine-journal.com. www.eRobertParker.com. You can still read archives of Neal Martin's writing on www.wine-journal.com.

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.
www.platterwineguide.com

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.
www.provencefoodandwine.com

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

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

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
www.larvf.com
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
GeoffreyRobertsa@aol.com
www.geoffreyrobertsaward.com

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

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

Slotovino
Robert Slotover's blog celebrating diversity in wine and the exploration of unusual grape varieties.
slotovino.blogspot.co.uk

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?).
www.slowfood.com

Sucking Grapes by Walter Speller
Our Italian correspondent's own blog.
www.sucking-grapes.co.uk

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.
www.jamessuckling.com

Nick Sweet
Based in Wimereux in France, Nick runs tastings, seminars, courses and trips and specialises in organic and biodynamic wines.
nicholas.sweet@gmail.com
www.nicksweet.co.uk

Ten Star Tapas
All about sherry.
www.tenstartapas.com

Terroirist
David White of Washington DC's lively daily wine blog
www.terroirist.com

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

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.
www.vino-uruguay.com

Verema
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.
www.verema.com/en

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

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

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.
www.vinevisit.com

Vines.org
Billed as'The Complete Encyclopedia and Database of Wines and Tastings, Grape Varieties, Viticulture and Vinification, Producers, Auction Prices, Books, and Weblinks'
vines.org

Vinolent.net
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.
www.vinolent.net

Vinopolis
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
sales@vinopolis.co.uk
www.vinopolis.co.uk

VisitVineyards.com
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 JancisRobinson.com and pay in Australian dollars.
www.visitvineyards.com

Wein-Plus
Leading wine portal in German and now English.
http://www.wein-plus.eu/en/Wine%20Guide_2.html

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

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.
www.winealchemy.com

WineAnorak
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.
www.wineanorak.com

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.
www.wineappreciation.com

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

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.
www.winebusiness.com

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.
www.winecellardoor.co.uk

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.
www.thewinedoctor.com

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

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

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.
www.thewinegang.com

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

The Wine Info Site

European attempt at providing a wide variety of wine information. Not as comprehensice as Ablegrape or Vines.org
www.twis.info

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.
www.winelibrary.tv

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.
www.wineloverspage.com

Wine Magazine
South Africa's leading magazine for wine consumers.
www.winemag.co.za

WineMakingTalk.com
Home winemaking community discussion forum supplemented by forums on other aspects of wine plus cooking and travel. Associated with www.HomeBrewTalk.com.
www.winemakingtalk.com

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.
www.wine-pages.com

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.
www.wine-searcher.com

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.
www.winespectator.com

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.
www.wineterroirs.com

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.
www.winetravelguides.com

WineWare
Sells wine hardware. Glasses, decanters etc.
www.wineware.co.uk

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.
www.wineweb.com

WineWisdom
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.
www.winewisdom.com

WineWomanSong
Juel Mahoney's very personal and literate writing on loves in wine. She also writes the more factual Vinissima.net on Italian wine.
www.winewomansong.co.uk

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

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.
www.finewinemag.com



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