is a myriad of resources that can help you learn about varietal wine.
Why not start by exploring this site? The Nav Bar (that's Geekspeak for
Navigation Bar) at the left will ensure you won't get lost! You might
like to check out the articles, for example on blended
and varietal wines
get you started on your journey to learn about wine we will discuss online
resources including the Vinodiversity Newsletter, the Vinodiversity Blog,
wine merchants newsletters, winery newsletters, wine magazine newsletters
and online wine discussions groups. There are also some suggestions for
printed material including wine magazines, and books including encyclopedia,
guide books, travel narratives, historical works etc.
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merchants often put out newsletters as an promotional medium.
They can vary from being little more than a catalogue of merchandise for
sale to a respectable source of information in their own right. The
Australian Wine Centre is a good example of a merchant with a very
informative newsletter. You can learn about new releases and discover
wine varieties and styles that you never knew existed. Some merchants
even offer incentives just to join their list.
great online source of information is the Albzin Wine and Food Pairing Project.
wineries also have interesting online newsletters. These
are often less frequent than those of merchants and are more designed
to keep the winery in contact with its clients.
discussion groups are an excellent way to learn about wine.
Mustlovewine is a new resource which act as a social network as well as a forum.
It is US based but has a growing list of Aussies participating.
You can join the Australian wine group there, or as many of the other regional or
topically themed groups.
View my page on OpenWine Consortium
There is a fairly active group called ozwine- Australian wine hosted by Yahoo! The
group includes quite a few non-Aussies. it is free to join
ozwine. Another good forum is on the Auswine site.
wine magazines often have free online newsletters which
promote the hard copy of their publication. There are plenty of glossy
wine magazines to which you can subscribe. It's cheaper
to get an annual subscription, and it is often even cheaper to subscribe
over the internet to get discounts. Aussie readers should visit
to check out the latest deals.
is nothing like having a good book on your favourite
hobby. You can dip into it at leisure, even when the kids are using the
computer. There are lots of books available from wine encyclopedias, and
atlases to national guides and historical works. Check out a
few recommendations here.
good place to start is James
Halliday's Wine Companion. James Halliday is one of Australia's
most respected wine writers. The 2009 edition is out now. Check out the
details of the book, and where you can get your copy.
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