New Websites for Wine
Vinismo The “Wikipedia of Wine.” Vinismo is patterned after other wikis, such as Wikipedia and
Wikitravel which posses a question and let others answer it. Nicolas Ritous and Evan Prodromous have
started www.vinismo.com welcoming everyone to write and edit wine information. Early critics of the
site say if it becomes too academic it will lack appeal. In addition, the interface for editing an article is
a bit daunting at present for the non-wiki user.
Winerybound This site, www.winerybound.com is a free travel website for wine enthusiasts to plan
their wine touring vacations. Using Google API, visitors to the site can plot their wine tour, personalizing
their trip and connecting each stop along the way. A similar service will be available soon on the
PinotFile website (look for big changes next year!).
Integrated Viticulture Online University of California Davis’ new website, iv.ucdavis.edu, allows
users to access current and past studies on viticulture done by faculty or anyone affiliated with the university
Story Teller Wine Company
Head storyteller, Michael Alberty is a 20-year
veteran of the coffee and wine retail world. He also was a national college debate
champion, edited a book about international environmental issues, and did his
time behind many deli and espresso counters. Along with several other “wine
pirates,” he has opened a retail store in Portland, Oregon. Michael is an advocate
for good wines that tell an interesting story about their origins. His electronic
newsletter is an entertaining read. We all enjoy wine more when we know about
the character who made it and the story behind it. Heck, my entire newsletter is
based on this fact. Recently Michael was offering some excellent Oregon Pinots.
The website is www.storytellerwine.com