Personal Wine Sites
This category is particularly dear,
since it would also encompass PfW. We encourage readers to browse
other wine sites and not rely entirely on a single point of view.
Although content may sometimes overlap, style, depth, perspective,
and areas of specialty are usually unique. We only care that readers'
curiosity and interest in wine are stimulated, regardless of who does
Clear, concise, organized, and well-formatted
content wins our endorsements; pleasing design and navigation are
bonuses. Simplistic answers, mindless dogma, wine rankings without
descriptions, and sites heavy with advertising raise our blood pressure.
As we have a chance to visit and spend time at various sites, we'll
attempt to steer you by annotating the good ones and try to discipline
ourselves into following the Thumper
Rule for the rest.
indicates newly added or revised link, as of
May 11, 2013
, when all links were last verified and all dead or hijacked links were removed.
Guide to California Wines publishes a newsletter and operates this site that includes
many consumer-oriented, well-written articles discussing wine
types, as well as basic information. The Geography, Grape & Wine Types and Language sections
are particularly good.
Anderson's Grape-Nutz is well-organized and arranged in an attractive design; many
interesting or unique features include: personal tasting notes,
Eric's travelog of visits to California wineries, history
and tribulations of his growing cellar, and detailed instructions
for removing and saving labels.
Internet Guide to Wine Once
you click past his plonk-ugly home page, Bradford Brown offers
much well-organized wine information and many thoughful observations. (Although some information is incomplete and out-dated, the site has shown improvement.)
Decants FREE Wine Newsletter
the prolific and award-winning writings of Natalie MacLean.
Each of her more than 75 articles here has complete information
on the topic, as well as her well-though-out perceptions and
advice. She also offers
a free e-letter and lists monthly wine recommendations (although there was quite a bit of controversy in early 2013 about how independent and reliable those endorsements are).
Garr's Wine Lovers' Page is one of the oldest and most popular wine sites on the Web.
It includes a "Quick Course," FAQs, a Wine Pronouncing Glossary,
Grape Glossary, Tasting Forms, Wine Bookshelf, Discussion
Group, Vintage Charts, links to retailers, etc. Some features
are authored by Garr and some are postings from discussion
groups, other authors, etc. The "30 Second Wine Advisor" is
a daily e-mail subscription service that includes a wine tip
Courtney's Wine of the Week site is loaded with information with a focus on the New Zealand
wine scene. Although not as modern and "slick" in appearance as other wine sites, it includes many "... of the Week" features, such
as Publication, Personality, Link, etc., as well as regular
columns by Peter May and Rhys Mathias.
Cannavan's Wine Pages include tasting notes, a six-lesson wine course with several
quizzes (challenging & way fun!), travel tips on various
wine destinations, restaurant reviews for England and Scotland,
food & wine matching tips, site visitors' personal wine
recommendations, etc. The author is a wine columnist who also
teaches wine appreciation courses at the University of Glasgow.
Well-organized, feature-packed, browser-friendly site.
Events Calendar - the
site expanded from its original simple calendar format to include wine-related news and features
articles in many categories. This particularly attractive,
well-organized and easily-navigated site is the project of
Earl Singer, a founding partner of the Connoisseurs' Guide
to California Wine newsletter and handbooks. Although there is a sprinkling of future postings, it now appears the site was expected to "coast" after mid-2010 ... ??
Original Content Sites
Nan and Michael Yielding share their tasting notes from
their visits to various West Coast wineries with tips,
Best Bottles Canadian
Billy Munnelly's wine information, education and recommendation site.
Wine - Britt Karlsson conducts
wine classes and tastings and offers tours of France in Danish,
Swedish and English; her site offers hundreds of photos of
wineries and wine people, primarily in Europe, along with
a Glossary of Gastronomy and a monthly newsletter by FREE
Burghound.com Allen Meadows, a Burgundy fanatic, shares his obsession.
Miller's site leans toward Bordeaux.
of Pour Entertaining
traveBlog of California winery visits by a group of enthusiastic
Vino Veritas Boston-based writier-educator Jonathon
Wine brief articles with many accompanying images, charts
Wine Guy is Tom Kirwan's
great little idea for a specialty wine site.
an "insider journey through the worlds of food, wine, and
golf," from this Las Vegas chef, educator, columnist, critic
and syndicated radio personality. The editing, design and
feel of the site darts around a bit, but don't let this throw
you: the articles and advice are generally user-friendly.
Sbrocco, former New York Times columnist, now wine personality...
Squires' E-zine on Wine has
original articles and tasting
notes, generally from a good perspective and offering sound
advice, by a wine-impassioned Philadelphia attorney.
Pinot Closet Dedicated
to the passionate appreciation of Pinot Noir
Wine Appreciation Pages
Iverson's wine articles
101: California Wine Editor
Alan Boehmer offers tasting notes, articles, and
links of wine interest.
VineSugar Ryan O'Donnell has a good design, navigation, and his well-organized
content is very straightforward.
Anorak Jaime Goode's site
has many excellent articles and photos; although the site's design has become very cluttered.
Information Site - Originating from the Netherlands, this site contains much
information about European wines, offered in Dutch, English,
French or German language versions.
winelover Arthur P. Johnson's site features many interviews
with California winemakers and owners, general articles and
tasting notes (although no apparent updates since June, 2006).
Squire provides a myriad of
articles, guides and links for consumers and industry in general
and also specific to the Seattle area with brand, store, employment
and distributor directories (although this is one of the most cluttered and disorganized sites anywhere)
Italian viewpoints on all things related to wine and food
Shaya's Wine Pages - very thorough tasting notes and travel journal of a devoted
Burgundy enthusiast from Israel
JUDGE FOR YOURSELF
Original Content Sites
VinoVixenz - compendium of wine info, shopping cart, links, etc.
Answers - is rather like the
"Cliff Notes" of wine sites; great if you seek short answers
without much explanation (Produced by the Wine Market Council, the site interface is attractive and slick, but much of the info is noncommittal and seems defensive, as if they don't want to reveal the complete story).
a couple of wined-up wild women who share their methods and
venues for enjoying wine, food, lodging and entertainment.
Writing, design, and navigation are above average; content
is 90% party, 10% wine, but potential is promising.
Education Site -
one of the oldest wine sites on the web (although much content remains simplistic in spite of the the much-improved user-interface).
Winostuff - enthusiastic but, as the title suggests, not too serious
(and not too respectful of copyrighted material, either)
THE THUMPER RULE - In Walt Disney's classic 1942 animated
movie "Bambi," there's a scene where the little deer
first meets his rabbit friend, Thumper. As Bambi takes
his first steps, he trips and falls in front of Thumper
and his rabbit family.
Thumper asks, "What's the matter?
Did the young prince fall down? Is he hurt?"
As Bambi rises, wobbling, his mother
answers, "No, he's all right."
Thumper continues, "He
doesn't walk very good, does he?"
"Yes, Mama?," says
"What did your father
tell you this morning?," asks his mother.
Thumper sheepishly repeats, "If you
can't say somethin' nice, don't say nothin' at all." RETURN
(In searching out the
dialogue above, I found a mind-boggling volume of
psychoanalysis generated by this film; the social
significance of Bambi is apparently on a plane with
Shakespeare and Machiavelli ... Silly me, I thought it
was just a little warm and fuzzy animated encapsulation
of "childhood's too short; life's hard and then you die."