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Wine 101 is a FREE OnLine Wine Education Course Includes: Dionysus vs Diogenes | Why Wine? | Wine & Health | Social History | Sensory User's Manual | Wine Growing | Wine Making | Varietal Profiles | Sparkling Wine Consumerism information on Bottle Shapes and Sizes, Reading Labels, Selecting and Buying Strategies, Recommendations for Corkscrews and Glassware, Serving Order and Temperature, Cellaring, etc. Taste includes the compiled Wine Tasting Notes from our monthly panel, Reports on public tasting events and a Food & Wine section with Pairing Suggestions and even some wine-friendly Recipes. Aftertaste includes one section we call "Wrath", serving our Opinions and Editorials, and another we titled "Bacchanalia", with our Reading List suggestions and pages of Links to additional wine information. About contains information on Site Conventions used, stories of the Group Formation & Website Genesis, Acclaim & Awards, Biographic Sketches of our Tasting Panelists and Contact & Sponsor information. Return to the starting point.

Conventions Used on this Website

"File Tab" buttons leading to each major section of PfW appear at the top of every page, along with our Site Search Box. Additionally, near each page bottom, there is a "Top" button to jump back up.
Where it makes sense, "Prev" and "Next" buttons allow you to flip through the site in our suggested order, like a book.

Some pages (such as this one) have links to other pages within the same section, beneath the section filetabs. If the filetab background blends into the page (such as "SPONSORS" or "WHO & WHAT"), these links jump to sections on the same page; links with darker backgrounds access a separate page within the same window.

Regarding links within the text, those to external pages open in a "new" window; simply close the window to return.

Most internal links to articles on other pages within the PfW site will open in the current window. (To return from these reference links, use the "Back" button at the TOP of your browser window -- try the examples below under the "What Is Professional Friends of Wine?" heading).

Some information or definition links open in their own small-sized window in front of the page it references; just close when you're through.

Within articles, numbered superscript notation links take you to notes at the bottom of the page being viewed and the notes have a red BACK link to return you to your place in the text (try the example under FRESHNESS DATING).

There are e-mail links on many pages, should you wish to comment, notify us of errors, or ask for additional or better explanations. We welcome your input. Suggestions from our readers are a great help to us, to answer questions, make our content more easily understood, or make this site easier to use.

Each page is dated at either the
bottom1 or top (links pages), so the reader can tell how recently additions, changes, or updates have been made.

What Is Professional Friends of Wine?

Professional Friends of Wine began in 1998 as a group of wine lovers meeting monthly to "blind" taste and evaluate wines. We pooled our resources to purchase the web address, initially to share the results of our tastings. I volunteered to learn to create and maintain the site and organize and develop the content (which somehow keeps fitfully expanding). Ultimately, the tasting note reporting proved too demanding. The group continue to meet and taste monthly ($20 meeting dues per taster pays for all wines and forms, with a portion subsidizing

Our Support

Last listed, but first in our hearts, are our PfW Sponsors (Where we would be very happy to add you or your company...). The primary expense of is site hosting. Limited advertising (Google, Amazon) on the site does not quite cover this; I can only dream about hiring a real web master with actual design and code skills...

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Updated July 2, 2013 BACK
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