The Best of the Web
Wine On Line is part of Agriline, an interesting site devoted to agricultural products and maintained by the Italian Department of Agriculture. Filled with many useful links to various wine producers, regions and research, with a good search engine. Well worth visiting for information about Italian wine. English and Italian.
Benson Marketing Group
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CorkMasters is the official webpage of APCOR - the Portuguese Cork Association - which was founded in 1956 and is based in Santa Maria de Lamas, near Oporto. Its mission is to represent and promote the development of all companies involved in the production, commerce and export of cork-based products. It represents the majority of the Portuguese cork industry, with a membership of nearly 300 companies – either based in Portugal or abroad, accounting for approximately 75% of the total national production and 80% of all cork exports. Although the site can be painfully slow even with a fast browser, there is a tremendous amount of information about cork on the site. http://www.corkmasters.com/
Corkwatch was set up by Robert Joseph to provide an unbiased forum to debate the merits of natural cork, plastic cork, screwtops etc. It may help you interpret the material provided by the closure sites listed in this section.
Dreyfus, Ashby & Co.
Dreyfus, Ashby & Co. is a national importer and marketer of fine wines and spirits. Headquartered in New York City, Dreyfus, Ashby markets its products in all fifty states through a network of wholesale customers. Dreyfus, Ashby has been a wine importer for more then 60 years. Its principal stockholders, Maison Joseph Drouhin and Champagne Bollinger. http://www.dreyfusashby.com/
Gardner Technologies, Inc.
Gardner Technologies, Inc. has come up with a two pronged approach to wine bottle closures. The MetaCork™, consists of a cork removal and reseal device that is integrated with the wine bottle and closure, which makes wine easy to open and reseal, yet retain compatibility with natural, technical and synthetic cork. The company is also testing the MetaSeal™, a device that avoids the problem of corkiness arising from natural cork. http://www.gardnertech.com
Independent Stave Company
The Independent Stave Company has been in business since 1912, and today manufactures more than half the barrels in the world. There are locations in the United States, Bordeaux, Santiago de Chile and Adelaide. The site is filled with information about oak barrels made from French, American and other woods and excellent research papers on oak barrels. Strongly recommended if you have any interest in the subject.
The Italian Trade Commission, an Italian-government agency that helps Italy's businesses promote and advertise Italian products worldwide, is a strong promoter of Italian wines. Italian Wines, a part of the Commission's "Italian Made" Website, offers a clear, thorough and easily navigable overview of the world of Italian wine, including maps and information about the Italian wine regions and their formal classification system; Italian wine history, producers, wine and food, and a comprehensive Wine Search database for
tracking down a specific Italian wine that you've enjoyed.
Just Drinks is a slick drinks oriented site with lots of news and a number of business oriented reports. Offers a daily list of news headlines with links, excellent market research reports and a personalized research service, where real people recommend research sources.
Louis/Dressner, a wine importer located in SoHo, New York City, specializes in small, artisan French domaines, and, increasingly, Portuguese wines and Ports from small-scale producers committed to quality, terroir and non-interventionist winemaking. Its Website, written by Joe Dressner, is content-rich and interesting.
Five major California wineries -- Beringer Wine Estates, Clos Du Bois, Kendall-Jackson Vineyards, Robert Mondavi, and Sebastiani Vineyards -- have invested in a Sonoma County synthetic-cork producer, Neocork Technologies, and are aggressively testing its product. Neocork's Website is really aimed at wineries, not the general public, but it's open to all, and you might enjoy this online peek behind the scenes as the industry struggles with the cork problem.
New Zealand Screwcap Wine Seal Initiative
New Zealand seems to be a leading proponent of using screwcaps as an alternative closure for wine bottles. The New Zealand Screwcap Wine Seal Initiative is an excellent source of information on this initiative. http://www.screwcap.co.nz/
Vineyard Brands, founded by the respected wine-importer Robert Haas in 1971, represents a variety of wines from around the world for distribution in the U.S. Its Website is loaded with content, including an extensive review of the company's own reviews and outside reviews of its wines by published critics.
Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of America
Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of America is a national trade organization and the voice of the wholesale branch of the wine and spirits industry. It is dedicated to advancing the interests and independence of wholesale distributors of wine and/or spirits. Founded in 1943, WSWA represents more than 500 wine and spirits wholesaler companies from 42 states, the District of Columbia, the Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico. The association's headquarters and professional staff are based in Washington, D.C.
Under the Leonardo Lo Cascio Selections name, Winebow imports fine Italian wines into the United States; the company represents over 70 estates located throughout the major wine regions of Italy. It also distributes wines from other wine producing regions in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Washington, DC only. The company focusses on quality producers, and their wine tastings are always excellent. http://www.winebow.com/
WineBusiness.com is an information and services "business to business" provider for the wine industry. It publishes Wine Business Monthly and Wine Business Insider; carries a daily wine newsfeed; and maintains winejobs.com, an online wine industry job board. It also has a directory of wineries, manufacturers, associations and other wine-related businesses.
The Rest of the Web
Barrel Builders, Inc.
Barrel Builders, Inc. is located in St. Helena, California, and offers a wide range of cooperage products. Wine lovers will find surfing the pages an interesting insight on how wine is made. The description of differences in barrels from Hungary, France and the United States is particularly enlightening. http://www.barrelbuilders.com/
E. and J. Gallo Winery
E. and J. Gallo Winery is a worldwide winemaker, with interests in many countries around the world. This site is an interactive map that allows an intrested wine lover to learn what Gallo is doing in a number of different countries. http://www.gallo.com
Gallo of Sonoma
Gallo of Sonoma features Gina Gallo: "Growing up, our parents and grandparents taught us to respect the past but build our own future. Today, this principle guides every aspect of our winemaking in Sonoma County and has helped us create wines that are world class in quality." http://www.gallosonoma.com/
International Wine Consultants
International Wine Consultants are located in Bordeaux and consults in wine making, building or improving wineries and providing wine related services in import and export of bulk wine and computer services. The news feed emphasizes in depth article of merit. This is an interesting insight into how the wine business works for wine lovers in general, even if you don't require the services themselves. Several languages. http://www.wine-consultants.com/
Kendall-Jackson is a leading California fine wine maker, with a strong export program. The Wine Center in Fulton, California is particularly well done. http://www.kj.com
Laffort Oenology is a leading manufacturing of materials used in wine making. There catalog of enzymes is particularly educational: enzymes.
Meritage Association was formed in 1988 by a group of US winemakers to identify hand-crafted wines blended from the traditional "noble"
Bordeaux varietals. This trade association site identifies the makers of Meritage wines and sponsors a number of Meritage events.
Michael Skurnik Wines
Michael Skurnik Wines is a leading east coast importer and distributor of fine wines. Their site is clean and easily navigable, making it easy to find the wines in their portfolio by region, producer and importer. Among other sought-after wines, they represent the excellent and well-known German wines and artisanal Champagnes brought in by Terry Theise. They also represent one of my personal favorites, Edmunds St. John from California. http://www.skurnikwines.com/
Michael Skurnik Wines
Michael Skurnik Wines is an US-based importer and distributor of fine wines in New York and New Jersey. They represent a number of labels from around the world: 35% California (Oregon and Washington), 20% France, 20% Italy, 10% Terry Theise (Germany, Austria), 5% Spain, 5% Australia, 5% All Other. Wholesale only. http://www.skurnikwines.com/
On The Rail
On The Rail is community for professionals in all areas of the restaurant industry. Its newsgroups and bulletin boards are very active, and it is a useful resourcefor anyone who wants to know more about the industry. The wine section contains tasting notes, news items and discussions of wine related service issues. http://www.ontherail.com/
Organic Wine Company
The Organic Wine Company is located in California and imports organic wines from France and from Italy. Although it is a commercial site, it also provides a significant amount of information for those interested in ecology friendly wines.
Seguin-Moreau is a fascinating source of information on wine barrels, including ongoing research in barrel improvements. This is a public company in France, so its reports give one information about the costs of barrels. Somewhat erratic newsletters.
Selected Estates of Europe
Selected Estates of Europe imports Italian wines into the United States and is located in Mamaroneck, NY. The sections on Italian wine grapes and wine regions are well done and informative. http://www.selectedestates.com/
vinExchange is an "open" directory of wine related businesses. It permits industry participants to exchange information about their companies and products and services. All of the information is entered, classified and updated by participants. The search engine is quick and efficient, and provides a useful opportunity to search for contacts in the wine business worldwide. http://www.vinxchange.com/
Vinovation, Inc. is located in Sebastopol, California, and provides a number of services, consultation and equipment to winemakers. The site describes a number of technical processes for changing wine: reverse osmosis to remove water or excess alcohol, for example. Some of these processes are controversial, but any one interested in how wine is made (or manipulated) will find fascinating reading here. http://www.vinovation.com/