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FACT: The Internet is full of websites that deal with different subjects relating to wine, and some are truly better than others.

HERE IS A LIST OF SOME OF THE BEST WEBSITES

THE BEST WEBSITES FOR INFORMATION

  • www.bordeaux.com --- official website for Bordeaux; well-designed and noticeably detailed; especially useful for those with a general background in Bordelais wines.
  • www.decanter.com --- arguably one of the finest wine magazines in the world; their website offers all sorts of detailed information on which wines to watch out for, notes on which winemakers and estates that are making the news, vintage charts, as well as endless lists of archived articles relating to different subjects on wine.
  • www.germanwinecanada.org --- not the largest website, but one that nonetheless offers much in the way of assisting people in learning to comprehend the over-complicated German wine labels.
  • www.nzwine.com --- official website for New Zealand wine; contains a large amount of useful information, from different NZ regions and wineries to upcoming tasting events.
  • www.rhone-wines.co.uk --- official website of the famous Rhône winegrowing region of France; contains an impressive amount of information on different sub-regions and wine estates, as well as statistics.
  • www.terroir-france.com --- an excellent website for those interested in learning more about the basics of French wine.
  • tv.winelibrary.com --- a free online 'television show' (or blog) run by Gary Vaynerchuk, which is really quite informative, if not a bit hocky; I suspect the wine world will be hearing and seeing more of this intriguing individual in years to come --- one more thing, if you do not like Robert Parker, this 'live blog' is probably something you are going to hate.
  • www.twis.info --- (The Wine Info Site) in all honesty, I stumbled onto this site by accident, and was delighted at all the useful information it contained, especially for those curious about the varying (and increasingly-important) marketing aspects of wine.
  • www.wineaustralia.com --- official website for Australian wine; offers an immense amount of information for those interested in learning about such things as different Aussie wine regions and wine styles.
  • www.wine-journal.com --- an excellent indepedent website that provides detailed information on wine regions throughout the world, as well as information on specific wineproducing estates; owned and operated by Neal Martin.
  • www.wineloverspage.com --- operated by Robin Garr, this page carries a fine array of useful information on many things pertaining to wine; regrettably, however, there are an inordinate amount of advertisements on the site.
  • www.wikipedia.com --- believe it ore not, this ever-growing online encyclopedia is a superb source of all types of wine-related information; just be mindful of things that might seem blatantly incorrect (such as Merlot being a lesser grape).
  • www.winespectator.com --- detailed website created by the wine magazine of the same name; specializes in Californian wine, but offers plenty of wine scores (out of one hundred), vintage charts, and well-written articles. NOTE: Unfortunately, you do have to subscribe to the website to access any relevant information, but it is worth the cost.
  • www.wosa.co.za --- official website for learning about winegrowing in South Africa, a wine-producing nation that has made incredible leaps in quality in the short span of only about ten years.

THE BEST WEBSITES FOR BUYING WINE ONLINE

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  • www.1855.com --- the contender for the best wine-buying website on the entire Internet; this site has more fine wines than most warehouse stores (seriously). NOTE: Unfortunately, they do not ship to Canada or the United States, but that doesn't mean one can't have the wine delivered to a European residence to be picked up at a later date (I do this all the time); after all, that's what friends and family members in Europe are for; prices are excellent.
  • www.bbr.com ---- one of the finest wine stores in London, Berry Bros. & Rudd exports a hugh selection of top-quality wines around the world, specifically via their magnificent website; their main store is located in London, England at 3 St. James St. (not to be missed if travelling to the U.K.); prices are quite reasonable.
  • www.costco.com --- famous bulk retailor that offers all sorts of premium wines at very decent prices; unfortunately, they do not ship to Canada.
  • www.premiergroup.net --- based in New York state (they have an outlet right near Buffalo), this store has a very pleasing selection (NOTE: While they only ship throughout the U.S., because they are so close to the Canadian border, paying them a visit is hardly difficult).
  • www.wine.com --- an easily-accessible website, based in the United States; selection is very large and prices are quite good (NOTE: Unfortunately, they only ship throughout the U.S.).
  • www.zachys.com ---- located near New York City, Zachy's Wine is one of the largest retailors of wine in the U.S., with an absolutely gigantic selction of wines from which to peruse (NOTE: unfortunately, they only ship throughout the States); prices are notably competitive.

THE BEST WEBSITES FOR WINE EVENTS

  • www.localwineevents.com --- the best website for keeping informed about wine events around the world that I have ever encountered, from tastings going on in Toronto to week-long festivals happening in London, England!  A website to check regularly.
  • www.nataliemaclean.com --- a very good website to learn about (among other things) different wine events going on in Toronto.
  • www.tonyaspler.com --- an excellent site to visit to learn about all sorts of wine events going on throughout the year in Toronto and southern Ontario (along with the rest of Canada).
  • www.toronto.com --- a good site for checking out listings of wine bars and large-scale annual wine events (though I am not sure if I would trust the reviewers without scrutiny).
  • www.torontowine.com --- an informative, colourful website established by Adam Plackett, a resident of North Toronto; has all sorts of up-to-date information on events taking place in Toronto, from wine festivals to actual wine tours.
  • www.wineaccess.ca --- an interesting website (when it is up to date) that does have a section on wine events taking place in Toronto and the rest of Canada.

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