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American Viticultural Areas
There are 145 viticultural areas that have been established in the United States by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. Here they are by size, state, and effective date. How much of a wine geek are you? 

Appellation America
It’s all about terroir: learn the appellations of America from A (Anderson Valley) to W (Willamette). 

Website with free newsletter on beer, wine and spirits targeted to the bar and restaurant trade but an enjoyable read for consumer aficionados. Drink recipes, events, and other content of interest.

Local Wine Events
The self-proclaimed world’s leading food and wine events calendar.  It is an impressive compilation.

Nat Decants ~ Free Wine Newsletter
Natalie MacLean has won more awards for her wine writing than will fit in this space. You can subscribe to her free newsletter and enjoy the other tidbits on her website.

The Origins and Ancient History of Wine
A fascinating virtual exhibition of the origins of wine, beginning in the Neolithic era with a 7,000 year-old bottle of “Chateau Hajji Firuz.”

Robin Garr’s Online Wine Tasting Course
A fine assembly of content and reference material for the wine student.
The database of the Beverage Tasting Institute offers the ability to search over 30,000 tasting notes on wines. Choose keywords, price range, rating scores, etc. to generate a list of the varietals that meet your criteria.

Tom Cannavan’s Wine Pages
Challenging quizzes and Robert Parker’s vintage charts.

Wine Label Gallery
A showcase for the most artistic wine labels from around the world.

Wine on the Web Vintage Charts
Vintage charts from the world’s major wine regions.

Wine Words from California
Millie Howie’s column, WINE WORDS, was begun in 1979 in the Healdsburg Tribune (Sonoma County), and continues there weekly. Millie also is a regular contributor to WINES & VINES, PRACTICAL WINERY, STEPPIN’ OUT, and CALIFORNIA VISITORS' REVIEW. Howie is the founder of the Russian River Wine Road, and co-founder of the Sonoma County Wine Library.


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Nibble Tip

Wine isn't just for pairing with food. Read our article Happy Marriage: Pairing Chocolate & Wine and plan a tasting.

Wine bottle You don't need to have your own wine cellar to contemplate a glass at the end of the day. Like a foreign language, wine has a vocabulary that gets built one word at a time. Photo by Kahla|MorgueFile.


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