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Dream rather than drink, and plan to visit the vineyards. Wine writer Wink Lorch has lined up an expert list of contributors offering detailed insider information ...

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Selected Wine and Travel Links

Below are links to some of the sites we find most useful, relevant to wine and travel, plus a few other favourites.
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Contributors and other Wine Travel Guides associates


New Bordeaux
Our contributor Jane Anson lives in Bordeaux. The site is a huge resource of all Jane's articles and there's also an excellent regularly updated blog.

Jim Budd
Focussed mainly on the wines and restaurants of the Loire Valley, Jim updates his blog almost daily.

Michèle Shah
Michèle has been writing on Italian wines and travel for many years and her website includes all her articles and much more.

Inside Rioja
American resident in Spain for 20 years this is Tom Perry's observations on Rioja and sometimes beyond.

Sue Style
Food, wine and travel writer, who writes for us on Alsace. Her site includes tasty recipes and an archive of articles written for the FT.

Inside Rioja
All the news in Rioja not surprisingly written by our contributor on Rioja, Tom Perry, who has lived in the region for 30 years..

Taste Languedoc
Rosemary George writes this blog focussed on wine producers visited and wines tasted mostly from Languedoc.

Award-winning site from Loire specialist Jim Budd. The risks of drinks investments explained; dodgy companies investigated, named and shamed.

The Vine Route
Blog by our Corsica contributor, Tom Fiorina, about his adventures in Corsica, Languedoc, Southwest France and beyond.

A taste of Burgundy
Jean-Pierre Renard is based in Beaune and offers a range of services to help wine lovers who come to Burgundy make the most of their time.
Wine writer Richard James, our man in the Languedoc, reports on tastings and wineries he’s visited.

Jura wine, food and travel
All about the Jura wine region, by specialist Jura wine writer, Wink Lorch

Associated Companies

Our Amazon Book Store (UK)
Our Amazon Book Store (USA)
We've recommended some great books by our own contributors, a few other wine and travel books, maps and important wine travel accessories. We receive commission when you purchase Amazon products through one of these links - please support us!

Wine Travel Media 
The blog and website for wine writer, editor and educator, Wink Lorch, who also owns Wine Travel Guides

The Wine Maestro 
Website and blog for Brett Jones, who helps behind the scenes at Wine Travel Guides. Wine club offers in the UK, and entertaining wine and food blog.

Ocean Design
Website design and hosting services from our wonderful website designer.

Cephas Picture Library
One of the largest selections of high quality wine photos from around the world. Pictures on food and travel also available. Browse before you order.

Other Wine Tourism Resources

Great Wine Capitals
Information on wine tourism facilities in nine associated wine capitals worldwide: Bordeaux, Bilbao-Rioja, Florence-Tuscany, Mainz-Rheinhessen, Porto, San Francisco-Napa, Cape Town, Mendoza and Christchurch.


General Travel Resources


The budget airline has a simple on-line booking system for flights between many European destinations and France including Paris, Lyon, Bordeaux, Geneva, Basel-Mulhouse, Marseille, Nice and Toulouse.

Air France
The French national airline with inter-continental direct flights to Paris, and a network of internal flights.

Cross-Channel Services

Cross under the channel with your car on the train.

P & O Ferries
Frequent short crossings between Dover, England and Calais, France, convenient for eastern France.

Brittany Ferries
Longer crossings from various ports in southern and south-western England, particularly convenient for visiting western France.

Trains & Bus Services

Rail Europe
Convenient site, for booking and information for Eurostar services between London and France, the TGV (high-speed) French train network, rail passes and more.

SNCF (French Train Network)
Booking and information site on local French trains with some information in English.

English booking site for inexpensive coach travel to major French destinations.


General Wine Resources

Magazines and Information

Jancis Robinson
Articles from Jancis - the wine writers' choice of wine writer, tasting notes, as well as food news from Nick Lander. Much more solid stuff on 'Purple Pages' the subscription part of the site, including insider information, the Oxford Wine Companion 3rd edition and a friendly forum.

Matching Food and Wine
Fiona Beckett is known for good advice about food and cooking as well as wine. Her website has drink suggestions for every type of meal and occasion - beer, cocktails and soft drinks as well as wine. The Subscription section gives personalised recommendations - discount subs for Wine Travel Guides Gold subscribers.

Wine Pages
Run by Tom Cannavan, Wine Pages was one of the first UK-based wine information websites. It remains one of the most regularly-updated, packed with articles (by several contributors), restaurant reviews, event information, and has an active forum.

The website for the British magazine has almost daily updated news stories from around the world of wine. You can register for email news updates. Searchable database for 20,000 wines rated in the magazine.

Robert Parker
Best known for the tasting reviews from Robert Parker and his team of tasters. You need to subscribe for the full benefits. The very useful wine term glossary and vintage chart going back to 1970 are freely available.

Wine Alchemy
Interesting personal site for wine educator and writer Paul Howard. One of his passions is for biodynamic wines and the site includes an invaluable directory to 350+ biodynamic wine producers worldwide.

Wine Lovers Page
Possibly the oldest wine information site on the web, based in the USA and packed full of useful notes, thoughts and more. Great links, all personally selected. Sign-up free for the 30 Second Wine Advisor email, with tips almost daily.

Specialist Wine Education Organisations

Association of Wine Educators
UK-based group of highly qualified, professional wine educators, with entry into the group by assessment. Members around the country offer courses, individual tastings, corporate events and organised wine trips.

Wine and Spirit Education Trust
Structured courses leading to recognised qualifications in wines and spirits, particularly suitable for anyone working or planning to work in the wine trade. Available worldwide.

Institute of Masters of Wine
Wine Travel Guides has three contributors with the illustrious MW letters after their name. You can check up on this site to verify the names of all Masters of Wine worldwide, and find out details about how to study towards the qualification.

Wine Education Service
The leading provider of consumer-orientated wine courses in the UK with several centres all over the country. A good one-off tasting programme available too.

International Wine Centre
All levels of wine education offered in New York City. Connections to wine education centres all over the USA.

Other Useful Companies

Around Wine
A website and a shop in Central London selling a wide range of Riedel glasses, Eurocave wine storage cabinets and a plethora of well chosen wine accessories and books. The shop houses a treasure-trove of gifts for the wine lover.

Free VinCellar online cellar management software linked with tasting notes is available from this San Francisco-based on-line fine wine store. Large range of wines from around the world with USA-wide and international delivery, as well as professional storage.

Wine 2.0 Websites

A fantastic resource about wine and Social Media in Spain and Portugal from American residents in Barcelona, Ryan and Gabriella Opaz.

Women & Wine -
California wine writer and networker Julie Brosterman launched this site for women who work in or simply love wine to communicate their experiences on-line.



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