Wine Guy: Wine online: Web sites worth surfing
Web sites exist for just about everything wine, including a Web site appropriately named www.everythingwine.ca. Anyone who enjoys a little time in the easy chair with their favorite glass of vino will find this list of wine-related Web sites an invaluable resource to help further their enjoyment of the world’s greatest beverage.
Best Cellar Management Web site
Vinfolio.com was created by a wine collector and has exploded in popularity since its inception in 2003. Some insurance companies value the free online cellar management interface so much, many recommend its customers use it to maintain insurable inventory as protection from theft or fire loss. Any size collection can be easily entered and managed with a few clicks of the mouse. What comes out is an endless array of sortable stats including peak drinking dates, bottle valuation, reviews and more.
Best Wine News
There is no better source of information on the business of wine than Decanter.com. The company also has a monthly magazine, which covers news and reviews of every wine region in the world in depth. Online content includes daily updates with the most recent wine industry news from around the world with links to associated stories. Decanter is based in England and therefore has some content not geared toward the American consumer, a minor drawback that is far outweighed by the newsworthy updates published every day.
Best Wine Blog
Known as the very first wine blog, Vinography.com offers commentary on subjects from book and wine reviews to personal rants on anything wine-centric. Content is updated virtually every day and is presented in a professional yet down-to-earth manner. Due to the phenomenal success of the blog, creator Alder Yarrow is now asked to speak at wine events around the country and is on the nominating committee for The Vintners Hall of Fame.
Best Wine Store
Wine.com is easily navigable, bright and clean, with a huge selection of wine, gifts and accessories. Perhaps the most attractive feature of the Web site is its sortability while searching for wine. Users may filter searches by region, varietal, point scores, half-bottles, kosher and virtually any other meaningful denomination, making shopping for any type of wine a breeze. Customers have the option to pay an annual fee of $49, which covers wine delivery costs for the entire year, with no minimum order size. Wine.com features wine from around the world, giving customers easy access to every day and special occasion bottles.
Best Wine Information Resource
If you are looking for information on anything from what grapes grow in Jumilla to how many American Viticultural Areas exist in Oregon, Wikipedia.com is the site to visit. One search will provide diverse and rich content on virtually any wine-related subject. From information on Alexander Valley to the wines of Zimbabwe, if it isn’t here, it just isn’t.
Best Wine Events Calendar
When thinking of something fun to do at home or on vacation, LocalWineEvents.com is a one-stop resource for anything happening in the world of wine. If there is an event with wine involved, you’ll find it here. Also, Web surfers will find reviews on wine bars, classes and other wine activities all easily sortable by state and community.
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