Learn about wine
We'd like everyone to know as much as possible about wine. Knowledge is power! There is a wealth of free background information on just about everything to do with wine here. Take your pick from the topics below!
Wine is geography in a bottle. Take advantage of these free guides to the world's most important wine regions.
Grapes add enormously to wine's infinite variety. Enjoy our free introductions to nearly 700 wine grapes. For nearly a million words on 1,368 of them, check out our multi-award-winning book Wine Grapes.
There is no substitute for practical experience – especially when it comes to wine. Here are our tips on how to get started, from how to taste to how to choose a wine glass.
Sound like a pro. Wine tasting and winemaking have their own language. Here's your insider guide to the jargon. Note how many terms there are.
Growing seasons vary enormously from year to year. Here's your free guide to the most relevant vintages in the most significant regions. We think these brief descriptions are more useful than a numerical score.
For many people, one of the most challenging aspects of wine is knowing how to match food and wine. Here are some useful insider tips, of which the most important is: don't worry!
Where to buy
We have tried to assemble as comprehensive a collection as possible of contact details for useful wine retailers around the world. Please feel free to contact us with suggestions for additions or deletions.
Where to store
It's horribly easy to ruin wine by storing it in the wrong conditions. Take advantage of our detailed guide to professional wine storage facilities around the world. Prices are based on typical rates in 2020/21.
Regional wine websites
A collection of the web's most useful sites about specific wine regions.
Wine & Spirit Education Trust
The big daddy of them all, the British wine trade's professional educational body now runs courses at a variety of levels for 85,000 students in over 70 different countries and 18 languages. Many non professionals now take the courses too. The WSET Diploma exam is virtually a pre-requisite for the Master of Wine course (see below). WSET is…
Institute of Masters of Wine
This is the highest academic calling for wine amateurs in every sense and wine professionals such as wine merchants (as opposed to winemakers and vine growers, who may prefer to take specific degrees in those subjects). Only a few hundred people, from all over the world, have qualified for those coveted initials since the Institute's beginnings in…