Web Sites Offer Entertaining, Useful Wine Information

By DeSimone, Dave | Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, April 11, 2007 | Go to article overview

Web Sites Offer Entertaining, Useful Wine Information


DeSimone, Dave, Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review


The Internet's rising tide of unedited wine blogs, commercial Web sites for large publications, winery home pages, and more specialized topical sites can be overwhelming. Avoid wasting hours clicking down dead-end dialogues littered with propaganda, verbose rants, and tedious pop-up advertisements. The following sites are good choices, with entertaining, informative and thought-provoking content.

Jennifer Rosen received the 2005 James Beard Award for Internet writing on food and beverages with her Cork Jester Web site. As a clever hook, the eye-catching home page features the photogenic Rosen clad in rather revealing jester regalia while sitting on a trapeze and contemplating a glass of vino. More importantly, Rosen writes with edgy intelligence and biting humor. She focuses on enjoying wine, rather than fawning over it.

Recent Cork Jester columns, for example, include "Lies, Damn Lies and Brunello" -- an evocative, yet scathing treatment of one of Italy's premier wine regions -- and "Relax & Go Deeper" -- an insightful guide to discovering well-made pinot grigio and pinot gris whites in lieu of the flood of mediocre wines now dominating the markets.

In Rogov's Ramblings, Israel-based wine and restaurant writer Daniel Rogov offers an urbane and wry take on wine, food and travel. Based on enjoying the good life by traveling primarily throughout Europe, Rogov offers intelligent, practical tips on eating, drinking and staying comfortably -- but not necessarily expensively -- in places such as Corfu, Geneva, Istanbul, London, Milan and Munich, Venice, and, of course, Paris.

In "Paris On the Cheap," he observes, "Paris remains the best city in the world in which one can fully enjoy the richness and variety of French food without having to spend a fortune."

He concludes with a dozen excellent, off-beat recommendations. Another article on lamb dishes includes five superb recipes and wines to match. Every piece displays Rogov's talent and passion for communicating his genuine enjoyment of wine and food.

In California, the talented and passionate Sonoma County-based chef, author, and winery owner John Ash offers outstanding recipes, tips on cooking with wine, and solid advice on enjoying wine and food. In seeking to dispel intimidation over cooking and enjoying wine, Ash notes with his trademark unpretentious style "If you have good wine and good food, how bad can it be? …

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