The Best of the Web
While it is a commercial site sponsored by Seagrams, aboutwines.com has all sorts of reference information, from grape varietals to maps and summaries of all of the major wine-producing regions of the world. A very stylish site, and much of the content has been provided by Paul Wagner, a frequent contributor to the Wine Lovers' Discussion Group.
The subject of international wine economics may sound about as
exciting as watching grass grow, but this one will surprise you. The Wine Economics Program at Adelaide University's Centre for International Economic Studies in Australia offers a remarkable library of scholarly papers on wine-related
topics that actually make this seemingly drab topic interesting. The site lists dozens of scholarly papers, theses and reports about the economics of the wine industry. Some are presented only as abstracts, with the full paper available for purchase, and many have a strongly Australian focus; but you'll find a wealth of free reading material here, much of it addressing international wine issues.
Ag BioTech InfoNet
Ag BioTech InfoNet covers all aspects of the application of biotechnology and genetic engineering in agricultural production and food processing and marketing. Its focus is on scientific reports and findings and technical analysis, although the page also covers emerging issues of widespread interest, developments in the policy arena, and major media coverage. Of particular interest to wine and food lovers is its collection of articles and links from international publications that examine both sides of the debate on genetically engineered foods. "Let a thousand genetically engineered flowers bloom." [Or, "Not!"]
AIM (Alcohol in Moderation)
AIM (Alcohol in Moderation) was established in 1991 as an independent organization to communicate the "Sensible Drinking Message." It acts as a conduit for information from the industry, associations and researchers on relevant research, legislation, policy and campaigns. It maintains a consumer site about sensible drinking, government guidelines and health. And it publishes a Digest promoting the sensible consumption of alcohol. The consumer sites are available in English, French and German. http://www.aim-digest.com/
Alchemist's Wine Perspective
Idiosyncratic and lovable, the Alchemist's Wine Perspective is chemistry Professor Alexander Pandell's offering to the world of wine on the Web. He promises "reliable wine information and reviews from the perspective of a scientist." http://www.wineperspective.com/
American Vineyard Foundation
The American Vineyard Foundation was organized in 1978 by the American Society of Enology and Viticulture as a vehicle to raise funds for research in viticulture and enology. I particularly like the viticulture and enolgy reports of the research conducted within the organization. A summary of each report and the full report is available on request.
American Viticultural Areas (AVA)
The Wine Institute maintains an excellent page devoted to American Viticultural Areas (AVA). There's a good short quize, a technical description of how to "build" one, a comprehensive list by size, location, and more. For any one interested in the subject, this site is highly recommended. http://www.wineinstitute.org/ava/
American Wine Alliance for Research and Education
From its Mission Statement: "The American Wine Alliance for Research and Education, AWARE, is dedicated to providing a balanced view of beverage alcohol's role in society with respect to alcohol and health-related issues through the dissemination of scientific research information and the development of educational programs for health professionals, and to providing an international resource center on alcohol and health issues." The site contains an excellent bibliography of wine and health related materials. Highly recommended. http://www.alcohol-aware.com/
Aroma Wheel Page
Professor A. C. Noble's Aroma Wheel Page was designed "facilitate communication about wine flavor by providing a standard terminology. The requirements of words included in the wheel was very simply that the terms had to be specific and analytical and not be hedonic or the result of an integrated or judgmental response. Floral is a general but analytical descriptive term, whereas "fragrant", "elegant" or "harmonious" are either imprecise and vague (fragrant) or hedonic, and judgmental." The wheel still fills that function, and the site contains information on how to obtain your own copy. In addition, there is an excellent description of how to make your own standards of various flavors found in wine so that you can practice identifying them. Highly recommended. http://wineserver.ucdavis.edu/acnoble/waw.html
Bordeaux Central is managed from the UK by an international group of amateur wine enthusiasts. It is an impressive and a welcome addition to the world of wine education on the Web. Although the title correctly suggests an emphasis on Bordeaux, there is a great deal of information on California, Burgundy, Australia, New Zealand, Chile and Argentina. Excellent maps. In English, French, German and Spanish. Highly recommended. http://communities.msn.com/BordeauxCentral
California Agricultural Statistics Service
The California Agricultural Statistics Service provides hard copy and electronic information about California agriculture, including grape acreage and grape crush information. The annual bulletins, crop production press releases and farm statistics are useful sources of information as well. http://www.nass.usda.gov/ca/rlsetoc.htm
California State University, Fresno
The mission of the Department of Viticulture and Enology at the California State University, Fresno is to "provide world-class undergraduate and graduate education, research, and outreach programs in sustainable and value added viticulture and enology; nationally and internationally recognized faculty and research staff; and a rigorous academic program of study accompanied by practical, hands-on training, and a continuously evolving program of education for growers, packers, winemakers and processors." Excellent grape and wine resources are available online. Highly recommended. http://cast.csufresno.edu/ve/
Chardonnay-du-Monde reports on annual competitions between wines made from Chardonnay around the world. There is good coverage of the competeting wines and the results of the judging, and an excellent collection of information about this very popular grape. http://www.chardonnay-du-monde.com/
A call to action by Robert Joseph: "Unfortunately, level-head discussion of the issue of natural corks and their alternatives has been made difficult - if not well-nigh impossible - by the competing claims and counter claims of the various manufacturers and by their paid and unpaid supporters. Anyone trying to understand the issue is now confronted by expensive advertising, public relations and spin-doctoring. Surveys are commissioned, wildly different figures published and environmental issues exploited. Which is why Cork Watch exists. Originally conceived by Robert Joseph, it is intended impartially to reflect the views of people who drink, make and distribute wine, and to allow the truth - or various truths - to emerge from those views.
Evan Goldstein, M.S., is the Vice-President Online Services and Public Relations for the Seagram Chateau & Estate Wines Company, and the Director of the Sterling Vineyards School of Service and Hospitality. He has put together the splendid EatDrinkDine site, which shows you how to match food with wine or wine with food. He has also put together an excellent series of essays on food, wine and matching one with another. Very strongly recommended. http://www.eatdrinkdine.com/
Enjoying Viognier is a site just about Viognier. As well as background information, it includes a comprehensive and searchable catalogue, with tasting notes, prices and availability. Each month it features a Wine of the Month. Peter Gifford has found a niche that nobody else has filled! I like the looks of this site, lots of content and stylish and easy to navigate, too. Great site! http://www.enjoyingviognier.com/
The Wine Lover's Companion is offered by Epicurious and is an excellent online dictionary of wine words and terms. Entries are filled with cross-links to other material, and the writing is clear and at times amusing. Ron Herbst and Sharon Tyler Herbst wrote the Companion based on the book THE WINE LOVER'S COMPANION by Ron Herbst and Sharon Tyler Herbst. Although the book was first published in 1995, it remains a convenient reference to carry while travelling. You can read more comprehensive reviews of this book on Amazon.com by clicking on the book title. http://www.epicurious.com/run/winedictionary/home
French Academy of Agriculture
The French Academy of Agriculture is a successor to the Royal Society of Agriculture founded in 1761, and is devoted to developing and spreading agricultural knowledge in France. The publications, many of which deal with vineyards and wine, make for fascinating reading. In French and English. http://www.inra.fr
Geilweilerhof Grapevine Breeding Institute
This odd but strangely appealing German-based site is probably a little geeky for anyone who's not either seriously into wine or technology, but if you're curious about the viticulture of vitis vinifera, you'll find a wealth of seriously scholarly material about grapes - including high-resolution photos of many varieties and extended bibliographies - in the online catalogue of the Geilweilerhof Grapevine Breeding Institute in Germany. It features information about more than 15,000 varieties of vitis vinifera grapes, including photos of many of them. Plowing through it all is a bit like browsing a college library, but here's a hint: Start with the search engine on the left, and select SINGLE FIELDS in the first box. Click "go" and then drill through the alphabetical listings of grapes by name, or enter the grape of interest into the search engine boxes. Once you've found the bibliography listing for your grape, links to photos will usually be at the bottom of the page.
Genetically Modified Food
The UK based Institute of Food Science & Technology maintains what appears to be an objective and comprehensive site on Genetically Modified Food. Their position statement: "Genetic modification (GM) has the potential to offer very significant improvements in the quantity, quality and acceptability of the world's food supply. Food scientists and technologists can support the responsible introduction of GM techniques provided that issues of product safety, environmental concerns, information and ethics are satisfactorily addressed. IFST considers that they are being addressed, and need even more intensively to continue to be so addressed. Only in this way may the benefits that this technology can confer become available, not least to help feed the world's escalating population in the coming decades." http://www.ifst.org/hottop10.htm
"The Internet's best grape growing and vineyard establishment resource!" Quite a claim, but quite a site. Great set of links, lovely grape pictures, forums and many articles on growing grapes. GrapeSeek is recommended to anyone interested in growing grapes, or wanting to know about growing grapes. http://www.grapeseek.com/
History of Wine
History of Wine provides an alternative historical look into the history of wine including a timeline graphic. It's a nice alternative to the well-known University of Pennsylvania wine history site, perhaps not quite as scholarly, but handy and useful. It's sponsored by Louis Jadot, but the selling - if there is any at all - is extremely soft sell.
Cantina d'Italia is an excellent guide to the wines of Italy. And the most useful section, I think, is the index where you can click on a link to any Italian province to get a detailed map of that province and a clickable list of all its DOCs, each of which is clickable in turn to a list that shows a large number of that DOC's producers, which in turn are further linked to the producer's Website if it has one. Other features include similar drill-down links by province to enotecas and restaurants, an international list of wine magazines and publications, and lots more that I haven't figured out yet. Strongly recommended. http://www.cantina.it/
Medical Friends of Wine
The Society of the Medical Friends of Wine was founded in 1939 by Leon D. Adams; his vision was to bring doctors from the Northern California area together to stimulate scientific research on wine, to develop an understanding of wine's beneficial effects, and to encourage an appreciation of the conviviality and good fellowship. There are now more than 300 members from the medical and dental professions. The most useful information for non-members is a large collection of articles on wine and health. http://www.medicalfriendsofwine.org/
They were as wild and untamed as the land they covered. In 1584 Sir Walter Raleigh described them as being "on the sand and on the green soil, on the hills as on the plains, as well as on every little shrub...also climbing towards the tops of tall cedars...in all the world the like abundance is not to be found." This early English explorer had landed on the coast of North Carolina and was describing Muscadine grapes, Vitis rotundifolia, the bronze or purple-black fruit that was growing profusely throughout what is now the southeastern United States. Here you can learn everything you might want to know -- and perhaps more -- about this grape which may not be a "grape". A wonderfully comprehensive site. http://www.muscadine.com/
Websites devoted to wines made from the same grape seem to be increasing in number, and this stylish entry is devoted to the Muscat grape. The site, in French and in English, describes annual competitions and contains an excellent overview of Muscats and the wide variety of wines made from them. Very interesting reading. http://www.muscats-du-monde.com/
The Ohio Wine Producers Association maintains a charming and stylish site related to Ohio wines. The site covers the complex and fascinating history of wine in Ohio, includes Longfellow's "Ode to Catawba", and contains afair amount of general wine information, as well as information on Ohio wines and wineries. http://www.ohiowines.org
Ohio State has mounted an excellent history of Prohibition in the United States, with some superb original source material. Example from Mr. Dooley and F. P. Dunne: "Well, sir," said Mr. Dooley, " I see that the prohybitionists are gettin' a sthrangle hold on me old friend an' bosom companion, King Alcohol, now more gin'rally known as th' Demon Rum. An' where d'ye think they 're sthrongest? Ye'll niver believe it, but it's down South. Yes, sir, in th' sunny Southland, that I wanst thought was sunny partly because iv th' efforts iv Nature an' partly because iv th' effects iv booze, 'tis as hard to get a dhrink now as it wanst was not to get wan." Strongly recommended as an introduction to this important period in US history. http://www.cohums.ohio-state.edu/history/projects/prohibition/
Some folks are not overly impressed with the Olive Garden chain of restaurants, but I have to give them credit for the wine section of their Website. It is a good, quick basic overview of wine that makes it accessible to people. It's surprisingly content-rich, with sub-sections on
the restaurant's wine list, food and wine matching, selecting a wine, wine basics and wine in Italy, plus info about their wine partners, Cavit in Italy and Gallo in the US. An excellent introduction to wine. http://www.olivegarden.com/ourwines/
Professional Friends of Wine
Professional Friends of Wine is a gem of a site, with lots of very fine and well-written material. Despite the name, this is not just for advanced wine pros; rather, it
features experienced and knowledgeable wine lovers sharing their knowledge with the rest of us. Strongly recommended.
Quite Simply Span-e
Quite Simply Span-e is a superb source of information on the world's wine economy "cool, collected and free."
The site is maintained by Pierre Spahni, who is the author of THE INTERNATIONAL WINE TRADE, Second edition, 2000, ISBN 1 85573 542 3. Spahni's set of links to wine statistics is outstanding. For anyone interested in the area, this is an essential source of information. http://www.span-e.com
Review of Méthode Champenoise Production
Review of Méthode Champenoise Production is an excellent review of the process for making Champagne written by Bruce Zoecklein, Assistant Professor at Virginia Tech.
Ron and Sharon Herbst
The "Wine Lover's Companion" by Ron and Sharon Herbst is online at Epicurious with over 3,500 definitions of wine words and phrases. Epicurious also maintains a food related dictionary. http://eat.epicurious.com/dictionary/wine/
Sasky.com hopes to become the Internet's leading source of information on the drinks industry. The wine pages are well organized by country, and contain useful information. Recommended.
Seminario Veronelli was founded in 1986 by bequest of Luigi Veronelli, the Italian journalist who first spoke of wine quality in Italy and whose first books on Italian wines date back to the middle 1950s. The Seminario is a non-profit foundation that promotes appreciation of wines and foods of Italy through educational courses of sensorial analysis and wine/oil tasting, divided in different levels of complexity. The Seminario Veronelli also holds bi-weekly blind tastings that are open to sommeliers, wine-journalists and wine distributors who are professional operators of the wine world of Italy. Gigi Brozzoni (director of the Seminario) and Daniel Thomases are the tasting directors and editors of "I Vini di Veronelli", the well-regarded and comprehensive Italian wine guide, which containes notes on more than 6,000 wines and more than 1,600 wineries annually. http://www.seminarioveronelli.com/
In 1996, the Smithsonian mounted an exhibit called "Doubtless as Good: Thomas Jefferson's Dream for American Wines Fulfilled." Beautifully mounted at the museum, the online version has been maintained and provides a short but excellent introduction to the history of wine in the US. http://americanhistory.si.edu/doubtles/
Society of Wine Educators
Society of Wine Educators is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to furthering knowledge of wine among wine educators, consumers, and all levels of the wine trade. The Society was formed in 1977 to support the efforts of those who teach about wine in structured educational programs or who otherwise seek to spread knowledge of wine. Membership is open to individuals and businesses all over the world who share in the Society's dedication to wine knowledge and learning. It offers professional certification in the form of Certificate of Proficiency and Certified Wine Educator instruction and testing.
John Wilson of The Wilson Vineyard, a family-owned, regional winery using grapes grown in the Polish Hill River sub-region of the Clare Valley. Wilson has written a definitive history of the uniquely Australian wine Sparkling Burgundy. It's made from Shiraz, not Pinot Noir; it's not well known outside of Australian; but at least it does sparkle. And, the history is fascinating. http://www.wilsonvineyard.com.au/newsletters/classic_clippings/vintage/vintage93.html
Texas A&M Agricultural Research and Extension Center
Texas Winegrower is the website of the Texas A&M Agricultural Research and Extension Center, and is filled with information about grape growing and wines, not only of Texas, but around the world as well. The technical articles are a particular strength. http://winegrapes.tamu.edu/
Travel Envoy specializes in travel packages in Australia and New Zealand, but has some excellent articles about wine, and a very good set of tasting notes. (Click on the Wine Guide button.) Highly recommended.
Vigne & Vin
Vigne & Vin is a French-only site with an extraordinary number of high quality articles on vines and wine. Well worth browsing even if your French is a little weak. Strongly recommended.
Although Enjoying Viognier is a commercial site, it carries a great deal of authoritative material relating to Viognier. "This site is best viewed through a 25cl glass of slightly chilled Viognier." Very nicely done. http://www.enjoyingviognier.com
Wijndee is a comprehensive Belgian wine lover's site (totally in Dutch). Articles are well written and cover a wide range of subjects from around the world of wine. http://www.wijnidee.be/
Lisa Shea is one of the 700 guides on About.com, The Human Internet, which maintains over 700 sites on various topics. Wine About.com is one of the best, content rich, often updated and with many articles, links, a couple of wine forums, and an informative and free weekly email newsletter. The site also has a daily news feed with excellent summaries of the news from a wide range of sources, including other wine sites.
Wine Answers is sponsored by the Wine Market Council and is intended to appeal to new wine consumers by answering questions that make them nervous about wine. The site features a searchable archive that will answer questions in seconds, including a wine glossary. (Answers to email questions are promised within 48 hours.) Most of the content was provided by Leslie Brenner, author of Fear of Wine. Stylish, quick, lots of graphics -- particularly good for newbies is the feature matching food and snacks.
Wine Australia has been set up by the National Wine Centre and the Australian Wine & Brandy Corporation to improve access to the Australian wine industry. It is not a site in itself but a provider of links to information sources within the industry. Nonetheless it is an excellent source of information on Australian wine. http://www.wineaustralia.com/
The Wine Cave is a non-commercial site filled with information and a distinctive approach: "We are a group of people who share a passion for wine and often exchange with each other our knowledge. We found our path to further wine knowledge cluttered and difficult to navigate. We felt that establishing a common site to exchange knowledge among wine consumers would facilitate this process for others. And one last thing. We currently have no revenue base. No sales. No advertising. No links to vineyards. No links to distributors, retailers, magazines. No nothing. So there is no need to worry about our incentives in providing you information. We are merely seeking to help you find salient information about your interest. We do reserve the right to change this policy in the future. But before we change this policy, we would inform our members." This site is definitely worth a visit and, if you like it, signing up for the free newsletter. http://www.thewinecave.com/
Wine Literature of the World
Wine Literature of the World has been created by the State Library of South Australia to highlight its wonderful collections of wine-related materials, the largest in the southern hemisphere, if not the world. Their origins can be traced back to 1834 in London prior to European settlement of South Australia. They now encompass thousands of items including books, pamphlets, wine labels, company records and many other examples of exquisite oenography. All items referred to in this website, unless otherwise indicated, are held in the State Library's collections, and selections from them are being digitized as images. A remarkable achievement.
Wine Lovers' Reference
Wine Lovers' Reference, perhaps the most interesting feature of the Wines.com site, is an online searchable database that offers complete articles on topics like taste scoring systems and hundreds of other wine terms. http://www.wines.com/magical/search.html
Wine n'Stuff pages
Anthony Hawkins' excellent Wine n'Stuff pages, including his massive WWW Winegrape Glossary, World Wine-Vintages Tables and Western N.Y, Upper Canada Grape-stock Nurseries Listing, are now housed on The Wine Lovers' Page. http://www.wineloverspage.com/hawkins
Dr. Paul White's Wine Sense, a Sensual Guide to Wine and Wine Tasting, is stylish in design and comprehensive in content. Nice page! http://www.winesenz.co.nz/
Wine Tasting 101
One of the best ways to sharpen your wine-tasting skills is to get in the habit of jotting down a few quick notes whenever you taste an interesting wine. I find that this simple process helps focus my thinking and fix the specifics of each wine I taste in my palate's memory. The Wine Lovers' Page maintains a very popular monthly feature, Wine Tasting 101. Every month, we select a specific Wine of the Month that's affordable, interesting and widely available around the world. Everyone who would like to participate buys this wine - or, if it's unavailable, the closest alternative available - tastes it, and posts a tasting report on the Wine Tasting 101 forum. You can find a number of excellent descriptions of how to write tasting notes on the forum. Join in the fun, and practice your skills in a friendly, non-challenging atmosphere. http://www.wineloverspage.com/forum/wt101.shtml
WineSquire.com is an unofficial but comprehensive wine site devoted to helping consumers in Seattle Washington learn about wine. In their words: "WineSquire strives to be your one-stop portal into the local wine community. We offer wine recommendations that can be found easily at your neighborhood fine wine purveyor, insight in to what is happening in the local wine business, information about buying, serving and storing wine, industry employment opportunities, and links to other interesting wine sites." Frankly, the site has plenty of information of interest to wine lovers living anywhere in the world. http://www.winesquire.com/
ZAP: Zinfandel Advocates and Producers
ZAP: Zinfandel Advocates and Producers has almost 6000 members and 250 producer members. ZAP was founded in 1991 and is dedicated to recognizing the uniqueness of the Zinfandel grape. The organization supports research related to Zinfandel; two ongoing projects are UC Davis Prof. Carole Meredith's documenting of Zinfandel DNA in the Heritage Vineyard and UC Davis Prof. James Wolpert's effort to preserve the heritage of Zinfandel by literally collecting century-old vines from across California, also in the Heritage Vineyard. The organization sponsors a number of Zinfandel related events; the three day Annual Zinfandel Festival takes place in January each year. http://www.zinfandel.org/
The Rest of the Web
Australian Wine Research Institue
The Australian Wine Research Institue is devoted to the improvement of Australian wines.
Bay Area Wine Project
The Bay Area Wine Project offers high end wine tastings in the San Francisco Bay area. Their website is designed to be used as a resource for Bay Area wine events. There is good information relating to the wine scene in the Bay area, including a wine-centric restaurant guide, a listing of Bay Area wine events and other Bay Area wine organizations, and articles about featured wineries. http://www.bawineproject.com/
Cellarnotes.net bills itself as non-commercial and non-profit, and a wine reference for novices and experts alike. The site is very stylish and has a commercial "feel", but the substance is excellent. http://www.cellarnotes.net
Consorzio Cal-Italia is a group of California wineries producing wines from classic Italian varieties. The site has first rate descriptions of over a dozen wine varieties that are commercially available from members of the Consorzio Cal-Italia. http://www.cal-italia.org/
Grains Nobles is a wine school (and incidentally wine store) located in the Latin Quarter of Paris. It features frequent tastings, often led by Michel Bettane of Revue du Vin de France. A typical class description: "Over one evening, you will learn the basic notions about wine and wine tasting. You will discover the characteristics of the main French wine-growing areas, the differences between the main grapes, the influence of the climate, the « terroirs » and vintages. You will also learn how to distinguish a good wine from a bad one and to buy wine according to your taste." http://www.grainsnobles.fr/
For high-tech wine lovers with a penchant for serious science, the Grapevine Remote sensing Analysis of Phylloxera Early Stress (GRAPES) project of NASA's Ecosystem Science and Technology Branch may be of interest. The science is fascinating, but the site may not be often updated.
How Winemaking Works
Marshall Brain's How Stuff Works is a fascinating introduction to many every day items, everything from staplers to locomotives. The website off-shot offers How Winemaking Works, a good introductory series of articles by Professor Craig C. Freundenrich. http://www.howstuffworks.com/winemaking.htm
Lets Have a Taste
Lets Have a Taste is maintained by wine lover Connie Fowler. She puts on wine events for corporations, not-for-profit businesses, private clubs, and social and community organizations in the New York and New Jersey area. Connie also offers wine appreciation classes and dinners. http://letshaveataste.com/
Lungarotti maintains an interesting wine museum in the Graziani-Baglioni Palace (17th century) in Torgiano, Umbria, Italy. The collection features many examples of pottery with oenological themes from the 13th to the 20th century, including Cycladic jugs, Hittite vases, Attic kylixes, Etruscan bronzes, wine amphorae and Roman glassware. Examples from the collection are changed monthly on the website. In Italian and English. http://www.lungarotti.it/
VINTAGE is one of those acronyms beloved of NASA and other government agencies; this one stands for "Viticultural Integration of NASA Technologies for Assessment of the Grapevine Environment". And, the project goals and reports are interesting to anyone with a scientific bent: "We propose to use a combination of remote sensing and ecosystem modeling to address NRA Topic 4.3 — "Resource Management and Precision Agriculture." The Project objectives are: 1) to develop remote sensing as a tool for field segmentation and optimization of grape harvest, 2) to adapt and validate an ecosystem model (that uses remotely sensed input) as a tool for improved management of vineyard water stress, and 3) to test recently-developed techniques for remote sensing of water stress indicators in discontinuous crop canopies. The tasks we describe were developed in close consultation with the wine industry and are designed to directly address grower needs." http://geo.arc.nasa.gov/sge/vintage/vintage.html
New York State Experiment Station
The New York State Experiment Station is devoted to improving agriculture in New York State. There is an excellent slide show covering their work, and copies of their research results are available. Their work on Pinot Noir clones is particularly interesting.
New Zealand Grape Improvement Group
The New Zealand Grape Improvement Group maintains an interesting technical site devoted to improving grape cultivars.
Pacific Rim Wine Education Center
The Pacific Rim Wine Education Center began operations in 1999 in San Francisco. Its goal is to offer completely objective wine education. Instructors have no financial connections to the wines and all
wines are purchased by experts whose goal is to choose clear examples of particular taste characteristics. The wines are compared side-by-side so participants can note differences. Bruce Cass is the Principal Lecturer and Director. (Bruce was Editor of the Oxford Companion to the Wines of North America (Oxford University Press). The Center offers tours and other educational events. http://www.pacrimwine.org./index.html
Here's a neat history of the phrase Super Tuscan. http://www.wordspy.com/words/superTuscan.asp
Université du Vin
Créée à l'initiative d'organisations et d'entreprises de la filière vitivinicole, l'Université du Vin organise des sessions de formation continue et des enseignements supérieurs diplômants. Les contenus de ces formations techniques et spécialisées dans la production, la commercialisation et la dégustation, apportent une meilleure connaissance des vins et aident à la maîtrise et au développement de leur image auprès de tous les partenaires du secteur. [In French only.] http://www.universite-du-vin.com/
University of British Columbia
The Wine Research Centre at the University of British Columbia conducts research in enology and viticulture and trains scientists who will promote the technological advancement of the wine industry in Canada. The site contains a general description of the Centre and its activities, but does not contain much technical information online. http://www.agsci.ubc.ca/wine/
Vineyardstars.com is a web magazine covering the world of wine with excellent photographs and good short summaries of various wine regions. http://www.vineyardstars.com/
Wine & Spirit Education Trust
Wine & Spirit Education Trust seeks "to be the leading educational body in our field." WSET offers three levels of vocational qualifications -- Certificate, Higher Certificate and Diploma - with a wide choice of study options, both in the UK and abroad. http://www.wset.co.uk/
Winemakeri.com is a commercial site, focusing on providing materials and information to the home winemaker. The dictionary of wine terms is quite splendid, containing thousands of defitions. The collection useful to any wine lover. Highly recommended. http://www.winemakeri.com/information/glossaries/dictionary/dictionary.htm
In March 2001, WinePros.com, an Australian trading site with James Halliday and Len Evans out front, has introduced a chargeable members area called the "Wine Clique". As part of this change a number of areas of the site that were freely avaiable are now accesible to Wine Clique members only: Jancis Robinson's Oxford Companion to Wine, back issues of 'The Vine', 'Ask the Pros', Lagnton's Auction valuation, e-tailing offers, and other bits. The site is worth visiting for the free features, but is no longer an essential entry in your Favorites list, unless you decide to pay for the Clique features.
Wines.com features a daily news feed, articles from the late Jerry Mead and "Wine Trader", a comprehensive collection of wine definitions, a forum, and an ask the expert page. Worth a visit to explore the significant content here.