Great Pairings: 10 Wine Websites For Discovery

wine-websitesYou may be a professional sommelier or just have an undying devotion to all things wine. Whatever your career and whatever your love, you can look to these 10 wine websites to explore the object of your devotion. Chat with others, read wine reviews, and locate just the type of wine you're looking for. You can even find fine wine humor! Chances are that whatever wine material you're in search of, you'll find it online.

Expanding your wine knowledge online

Wine Spectator Whether it's wine ratings, news and features, quick wine lists or more, wine aficionados can find an explosion of all-things wine on this site, which was launched in 1996. The site's team of editors has more than 150 years of collective experience, according to the website, and they write blogs to pique the attention of readers and to give them the chance to interact. Of course, this last feature is only available to online subscribers, so head over to the site to determine whether you want to be a passing fan or a permanent visitor.

eRobertParker While this site might be better appreciated as a member, non-members can still find a plethora of interesting content without registering online. This includes reading materials such as "Wine of the Day," "Weekly Wine Buys" and the "3W's of Wine iPhone App." Of course, membership provides much, more more, including access to nearly all of the tasting notes from "The Wine Advocate," a bi-monthly newspaper that Robert Parker, considered to be an influential wine writer, founded in 1978, according to the site.

Snooth Launched in 2007, this site offers an intriguing way to discover more about wines by checking out their SnoothRank rating (based on a secret algorithm, of course!) However, the single digit number give users an easy way to make decisions about wines they might want to purchase. Site visitors can also find opportunities to connect with other wine lovers, discover more about regional wines, and to come up with wine travel ideas.

Wine Lovers Page This wine lovers' site features articles by nearly a dozen columnists as well as general pieces about how to taste wine and how to read a wine label. Users can also find the site owner's wine tasting notes (available by country), a discussion group, a chat room and more. They can also register to receive "The 30 Second Wine Advisor," a free weekly e-mail bulletin about wine appreciation, wine tasting and more.

Decanter This online pairing to the actual "Decanter" magazine (read in more than 90 countries, according to the site) offers readers information on wine news, advice, courses and clubs, and more. Some of the site's more unique and useful features include an A-Z wine glossary with terms ranging from "Carbonic maceration" to "Recioto" as well as wine quizzes, such as "English Wine Week," "Bordeaux Special #2," and 'Christmas Film and Wine."

Vinquire This free search engine for wine lovers offers a database of more than 1 million wines to search through. Users can choose any number of filters - from vintage year, to size and price range - to help narrow down their search. The site, launched in 2005, also includes opportunities to share opinions, participate in forums and to network with others. Users are also given access to tasting notes and wine reviews by signing up for the free membership.

Winemag This website for "Wine Enthusiast Magazine" offers reads on cocktails and spirits, food and travel, news and features, and much more. Readers can discover articles such as "Wine For Beginners," "Glassware and Serving Basics," and "Wine and Cheese." They can also check out upcoming events or ponder the deliciousness of any of the recipes of the month -- Tuna Tartar (paired with Sauvignon Blanc), for March, for example. To receive tips in handy form, users can sign up for the site's free newsletter, promising to deliver tidbits on wine ratings, recipes and more.

The Wine Doctor This site includes detailed wine guides ranging from the Loire Valley to Tuscany as well as rough guides to countries such as Austria, Italy and Portugal. Readers can also find profiles of some of the most well-known wine producers around: in England, this includes Chapel Down while, in Spain, it includes 12 profiles on producers such as Agro de Bazan and Emilio Lustau. Wine advice, a wine glossary and a wine blog are also top features of this site.

Dr. Vino Want to have fun when it comes to reading about wine? Then check out this site for its intriguing blog posts, two of which include "Tony Parker vs. Robert Parker" and "Wine in a Can: Boon or Boondoggle?" Readers will also find that this site offers wine maps to area wine shops and bars, such as in Chicago, New York and Paris. An interesting side note: The site is actually run by a wine lover, and doctor, who started his PhD dissertation on the political economics behind the French and U.S. wine industries, according to the site.

Natalie MacLean Find recipes and food pairings, search through bargain wines, write wine reviews or create a wine "cellar" list on this interactive website. You'll find recommendations for books to read, food pairings to consider, and even mobile apps to download. In fact, the free Natalie MacLean Wine Picks & Pairings app allows you to scan the bar code on a bottle of wine and access details to prices, food pairings, wine tasting notes, and more.

Nothing to whine about

These wine sites could probably keep you perfectly busy and that's whether or not you're distracted by the wine you might have in hand. There are, of course, plenty of other wine websites just waiting to be discovered. Whatever your preferences and whatever type of content you're looking for, you're sure to find just the type of wine website online that can meet all of your wine-loving needs.

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