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A Few Good Links

The internet is awash with sites related to wine, and a good number of them are excellent. This is not a comprehensive list of such sites; the assembling of such a list would be a monumental task, and fraught with difficulties of judgement.

Rather, this is a short set of pointers to sites we have found ourselves turning to fairly often as we plowed through making this one. We think each is of value and interest, and hope you also find them so. (The list is in no special order.)

  • The Century Club
    "The club for adventurous wine drinkers who've tried 100 grape varieties or more." Membership is free (and on the honor system).

  • Professional Friends of Wine
    "Our goals are to share and spread wine appreciation while we put a cork in wine snobbery and expose dogma that is intended to promote wine sales rather than wine understanding." And they do.

  • American Wine Consumer Coalition
    "Join the growing number of wine consumers seeking to protect their consumer rights and open new avenues to accessing the wines, beers and spirits they want." Basically trying to eventually allow anyone in the nation to buy wine direct from any winery: a laudable ambition. Membership is $35 a year at the "Consumer" level. Recommended.

  • The Vitis International Variety Catalogue
    A huge searchable database of grape varieties, with more information than you could ever use.

  • "The Tangled Economics Of American Wine"
    An edited excerpt from American Wine Economics by James Thornton; a truly fascinating read on "irrational" (in economic terms) wine consumers.

  • "Never Listen to a Wine Critic Babble About Tannins Again"
    An important article on wine reviews from Smithsonian online magazine.

  • What's in a Number?
    "Why We Should Ignore Wine Scores". A good essay.

  • The Great Wine-Bargain Hunt
    The particulars are dated, but it's a good guide to where the bargains are.

  • Gambero Rosso's Tre Bicchieri awards for 2014
    "Three Glasses", a supposedly prestigious rating of Italian wines.

  • The Wine Anorak
    Jamie Goode's site; we found it showing up a lot when filtering down wine comments to the more useful ones. (In the U.K., "anorak"—actually a hooded parka—signifies about the same as "geek" in the U.S.)

  • Wine Review on Line
    The work of eight witers, each highly creditable.

  • The Monnow Voice articles
    The proprietor of a boutique wine shop in England writes a most excellent series of wine-related essays for a local newspaper; highly recommended.

  • Fringe Wine
    "A blog devoted to exploring wines made from unusual grape varieties and/or grown in unfamiliar regions all over the world." Always interesting.

  • Odd Bacchus
    "Dedicated to drinking the unusual and the obscure." More toward the obscure than the unusual, but fascinating.

  • Cheap Fun Wines
    "It's all about cheap wines under $20."

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