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General & Personal Wine Sites (see also Wine BLOGS)

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 the stimulating.

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.

"new". indicates newly added or revised link, as of December 22, 2016 , when all links were last verified and all dead or hijacked links were removed.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED Original Content Sites

Connoisseurs’ 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.

Eric 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.)

Nat Decants FREE Wine Newsletter brings 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).

Robin 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 and recommendation.

Sue 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.

Tom 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.

RECOMMENDED Original Content Sites Winelovers Nan and Michael Yielding share their tasting notes from their visits to various West Coast wineries with tips, links, etc.

Billy's Best Bottles Canadian Billy Munnelly's wine information, education and recommendation site.

BK Wine - Britt Karlsson conducts wine classes and tastings and offers tours of France in Danish, Swedish and English; his 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 e-mail subscription. Allen Meadows, a Burgundy fanatic, shares his obsession.

Cellar Notes Dan Miller's site leans toward Bordeaux.

Gang of Pour Entertaining traveBlog of California winery visits by a group of enthusiastic friends.

In Vino Veritas Boston-based writier-educator Jonathon Alsop's site

Into Wine articles by various authors with many accompanying images, charts

Les Kincaid Lifestyles, 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.

Leslie Sbrocco, former New York Times columnist, now wine personality...

Patty's Pinot Closet Dedicated to the passionate appreciation of Pinot Noir

Wine Anorak Jaime Goode's site has many excellent articles and photos; although the site's design has become very cluttered.

Wine Information Site - Originating from the Netherlands, this site contains much information about European wines, offered in Dutch, English, French or German language versions.

Wine People - 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).

WineSurf offers Italian viewpoints on all things related to wine and food

Yak Shaya's Wine Pages - very thorough tasting notes and travel journal of a devoted Burgundy enthusiast from Israel

JUDGE FOR YOURSELF Original Content Sites

Wine 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).

Wine 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?"

"Thumper!," mother rabbit reprimands.

"Yes, Mama?," says Thumper.

"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." - JL)


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