Read about wine

A great website for learning about wine – no pretension whatsovere;  just informative, interesting and fun stuff from a team who love wine.

My #newwinethisweek co-conspirator…. Read his Scouse musings on wine!

The doyen of UK wine writing. This site is my go-to for tasting notes – well worth the subscription cost, which includes access to the Oxford Wine Companion and the World Wine Atlas.

I love getting my new issue of Decanter through the post but I also enjoy the daily updated site with all that is happening in the world of wine. Also a huge database of tasting notes.

Joe certainly has his own style and I love it. Very to the point and very little wine “waffle”… Hasn’t been anything new posted for a while though!

Set up by wine writer Tom Cavannan. Great tasting articles and competitions as well as the always useful weekend round up from the wine coverage in the papers.

This is a great resource for getting those food matches just right. Written by The Guardian’s Fiona Beckett – really nice site.

Quentin was one of my educators when I took my WSET course earlier this year. I love his writing style and he really helps you almost taste the wines he describes. A nice mix of wine styles covered.

A collaboration between five top wine writers. The monthly reports are a great round up of tastings from the previous four weeks.

This was an invaluable resource when we were planning our visit. My advice is to get the Gold membership and download the lot. Great advice on winemakers to visit, where to stay and where to eat.

Excellent US site concentrating on bottles under $20. Has a rating system based on quality versus price. Many of the bottles at available in the UK, use

A who’s who and what’s what of everything Burgundy. I used this site to get background on some of the winemakers we wanted to visit on our trips. A must for any Burgundy lover.

Buy wine

Wine and the Vine. My favourite place to buy wine. Situated in Battlers Green farm in Radlett, amongst a whole host of other great foodie shops. Go and say hello to Jez or order online. A great range from all over the world.

Had a great wine on holiday or in a restaurant? This is the place to find she you can buy it. Search by domaine, vintage, country etc. invaluable!

Spend your £40 to become a member for life and never look back. What a range, what value and what service. Be careful when you set up our account through the app because its too easy to click and buy… Especially after one of their Exhibition range!

The godfather of wine shops. Berry Bros have been selling wine since 1698 and selling from the same shop for over 300 years. As well as the extraordinary range, book yourself onto one of their tasting evenings. Great fun and great education.

This is the place to o if you’re in the least bit intimidated by wine. All if the staff undergo WSET training and they will give you lots of friendly and helpful advice. Sign up for their emails and newsletters do in don’t miss out on some great offers.

Situated on High Street Kensington, Robersons is a beautiful wine shop with an amazing range of fine wine. However there is something for everyone’s pocket. Last time I was there they were running an event on sub-£10 bottles. 

A great new website that takes all of the hard work out of finding the best deals on offer at the supermarkets – check it out. I use this great site to find the best supermarket deals for the newsletter!

Drink wine

The best wine bar in London, bar none! A bit out of the way on the Hackney Rad but well worth a detour – 25 wines by the glass including the likes of Dujac, Leoville Barton, Yquem, Henschke and many, many more… See you there!

The Kensington Wine Rooms, not far from Notting Hill tube station serves a range of 40 wines by the glass, using a supercool credit card/dispensing system. Create your own tasting or simply choose a couple of your favs. Also really good food, especially the tapas-style menus. Also a shop in Fulham.

We only discovered this place a few months ago but it is a London institution, just off The Strand, opposite Embankment tube station. Don’t expect to get a seat at he weekend as its chocca! Great wine list and you can get a bottle of Latour Corton Grand Cru for £45 – not the best wine in the world but still pretty damn good!

There are a few of these popping up in London these days, but I really like the one on Beak Street, at one end of Carnaby Street. Lots of wines by the glass and the food looks good (I can’t comment as I haven’t tried it… Yet!). Their bar at Seymour Place in Marylebone is out of the way and very relaxed.

This is a cool joint not far from Covent Garden. They love their natural wines and do some great food. Very relaxed and very knowledgable staff – great place to spend a few hours on a Saturday afternoon.

Yes a really good bar in Watford! A good list by the glass and also a nice list by the bottle, topped off with a good Meursault and a very decent Gevrey Chambertin. My suggestion though is the Pouilly Fuisse and the Cotes du Rhone. Also gat tapas-style food… Go for one board 3 and one board 4!

Make wine

If you live in the States and want to make wine then check out this great website for everything yiou need from starter kits to premium oak barrels!

I hope you enjoy these links and recommendations as much as I do.

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