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Page Two of World Wide Wine Web


Stores With an Online Presence, Missouri, California, Illinois, New York, New Jersey, California, New York, New York, Massachusetts, Texas, Virginia, DC
Presents wines based on taste and style (some savvy restaurant wine lists do the same) rather than grape type or place of origin. Categories are juicy, fizzy, fresh, soft, luscious, smooth, big and sweet. Best Cellars ships to only four states, but the site is interesting because of its approach to wine. Take the “Do You Know What You Like?” quiz.

Online Wine Retailers, “the largest online wine shopping community,” “updated inventories and prices each week from the top wine stores in America”, “the nation’s leading online wine retailer and wine gifting service provider,” “more than 10,000 unique domestic and imported premium wines on our shelves” 90+ point-rated wines for under $20, 94+ point-rated wines, Screw-cap wines, Half-bottle wines, Wine Spectator’s Top 100, Learn about wine, Selecting wines, Entertaining. The Wall Street Journal recommends its “excellent Wine Basics tab”, “lists 33,000 wineries, the largest winery directory anywhere” “buy wine online from the winery and wine merchants” This site includes links to wineries so consumers can buy directly from them, which helps shoppers take advantage of the recent Supreme Court ruling easing interstate-shipping regulations

Shipping and Information, “the advocacy group for the California wine industry, the voice for California wine,” shipping restrictions are different in every state; the “Who Ships Where” chart shows which carriers — if any — ship from California to all 50 states; its “State Shipping Laws” supplements the chart, “a national, grassroots coalition of consumers, wineries and retailers who seek to remove restrictions in states that still prohibit consumers from purchasing wines directly from wineries and retailers”

Wine Events and Vacations, "the world’s largest food and drink calendar:” Find all kinds of events — local and not-so-local — here. (See Time story for more information)
Plan a wine-related jaunt, festivals, celebrations, tours, classes.

The Silly Tasting Note Generator composes ridiculous tasting descriptions.

Example: “Egocentric but melancholy Merlot. A mouthful of cardboard, yellowed prune juice and forward marmalade. Drink now through 2008.” Brings some humor to an industry that sometimes takes itself too seriously. Tasting notes are based on the actual tasting notes found at (See Time story for more information)

Wine Encyclopedia, “the wiki encyclopedia for wine enthusiasts”

Individual Point of View, “Dr. Vino, wine politics specialist and enophile (a.k.a. wine geek), welcomes you to his informative yet light-hearted website where he offers his independent wine picks, views on wine politics, and more!” Tyler Colman, aka Dr. Vino, wrote his dissertation on the political economy of the wine industries in the U.S. and France. His interest in wine politics continues on his website, which includes the section “How politics and economics affect the wines we drink”, “pairing wine + fun since the 20 th century,” Check out this site by W.R. Tish, former editor of Wine Enthusiast magazine, for humorous, irreverent, intelligent commentary

Labels, More than 230 amusing labels collected by Peter F. May, author of Marilyn Merlot and the Naked Grape: Odd Wines from Around the World

Varietals, For burgundy lovers For Pinot Noir lovers; comes with the warning “Readers may develop a hopeless passion for Pinot Noir”

Keep Track of What Wines You Have and Which Ones You Drink, “our primary function is to provide a personal wine page where wine drinkers can track the wines they own and drink”

Wine Industry, “the leading information and services provider for the global wine industry,” interesting articles posted daily, including daily news, wine making, grape growing, sales and marketing, and business and technology. Their daily updates will probably interest those seriously interested in wine

Food-and-Wine Pairing
many of these recommended sites include food-and-wine matching; another good one is:

Vintage Charts, British retailer Berry Bros & Rudd’s fine website has three excellent vintage charts: French, world wines and historical

Accessories, “the Internet’s most extensive selection of high-quality wine cellars, wine accessories, glassware and more”, “Everything for the wine lover: wine cellars, decanters, stemware, corkscrews, books, videos”

Listing of Sites

Librarians Internet Index, “Websites you can trust” 144 wine sites worth investigating

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Award-winning author and certified sommelier Sharon Kapnick has written about food and wine for many magazines, including Time, Portfolio, Food & Wine and Hemispheres, and many newspapers, thanks to the New York Times Syndicate. She contributed to several entries in the Oxford Encyclopedia of Food and Drink in America.


©2007 Sharon Kapnick for SeniorWomenWeb
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