Regular visitors will note that the large collection of reviews and awards on this page has been stripped right down. Wine Pages has been fortunate enough to receive an awful lot of
very good press, so I have decided to prune the list to just a small selection. Any visitor who needs access to the full collection can drop me an email!
...for years Cannavan was a columnist at Harpers, one of England's premier wine magazines, and his site is consistently entertaining, well-written and unpretentious.
The wine education pages, a series of cleareyed and instructional essays on winemaking, wine history, choosing wines, reading labels, region overviews and the like, are useful for novices and veterans alike. He even gives online quizzes, with instant results.
Beyond these features, wine-pages.com is worth visiting just for guest columnist Tom Stevenson's mind-jogging glossary of descriptive terms for wine's aromas and flavors, arranged in categories such as fruits, flowers, herbs and spices.
Not since Dr. Anne Noble's Aroma Wheel, devised at UC Davis in 1990, have I seen such a helpful tool for delineating wine's attributes.
Tom Cannavan was short-listed for the Prix du Lanson, the world's premier wine writing awards, for his work on wine-pages.com.
The world's top 10 wine sites feature
No. 1 - wine-pages.com. This mammoth site form freelance wine enthusiast and author Tom Cannavan takes a look at the UK wine scene. Destined to keep growing - it is updated six days a week -
there are tasting notes on over 7,000 wines, a stack of book reviews and a round up of the wine columnists' picks of the week. Seasoned oenophiles will also be kept happy by a vintage chart,
guides to wine-related travel, quizzes and a busy forum. This site doesn't look as glamorous as some, but its creator's evident passion makes it stand out form the crowd.
Independent on Sunday newspaper:
Please forgive, in advance, a pat on my own back. The cause for quiet celebration: in the new edition of Robert Parker's The Wine Buyer's Guide, the sage of Maryland includes
evaluations of wine websites for the first time, and gives top marks to Britain's own wine-pages.com. Wine-pages is the creation of Tom Cannavan, an IT boffin and incurable
oenophile. His site has been running since November 1995, but went public in 1996 after traffic started to build, and moved to a commercial server in 1999 – the year after this column
first highlighted its virtues.
Tom graciously credits this column's "initial support" as being more important than Parker's nod. But that's enough patting my own back. The back that really deserves patting
belongs to Cannavan, who has made his site one of the best and most successful wine resources on the Internet. It has all the stuff you would expect (including tasting notes,
vintage reports and charts, book reviews) plus some unexpected pleasures in the form of guest columnists, restaurant reviews and – my favourite – an ever-growing directory of
restaurants that allow you to BYOB.
www.wine-pages.com: This superb site focuses on the UK wine scene. It is an all-inclusive site with excellent postings as well as a British perspective. It is a friendly, easily navigated site with plenty of bells and whistles.
Wine on the web, as with other interests, is not short of self-indulgent anorak-to-anorak sites of mind-bending amateurism and tedium. Wine Pages, though, is the flip side of the coin: well designed, visitor-friendly and with a depth of content that is second to none — not least because it is updated daily. There are plenty of tasting notes, for everyday wine (less than £8) as well as the esoteric (a comparison of vintages of Veuve Clicquot Rosé Champagne). The site also offers a wine course, a vintage chart, food-matching advice, a guide to BYOB restaurants, quizzes, wine links and much more. Interactive elements include visitors’ tips and a flourishing forum, sensibly moderated to guard against the wilder excesses of wine and net nerds. 5 stars.
Excellent online magazine that's been around since the mid-90's. Cannavan, author of The Good Web Guide to Wine, has several regular columnists, including Champagne expert Tom Stevenson. The site is a great place to find out about UK tastings open to the public.
my top five (wine sites) should be in every wine lover's list of favourites:
wine-pages.com. Does this man ever sleep? This is Glaswegian Tom Cannavan's site, which he updates daily with fascinating features and tastings. His most recent book review was so enthusiastic I followed the link to Amazon.co.uk and bought.
A great British independent wine site. Most independently-written sites are poor, however wine expert Tom Cannavan has put together a strong offering, which is updated daily. It is well written and informative.
This is one of the world's most popular and best on-line wine sites. Tom Cannavan has supplied enough information to keep you reading for hours, with extensive tasting notes, reviews, vintage charts and the like. If it were in print it would cost a fortune. A world-class site.
Tom Cannavan, a wine consultant and educator living in Scotland, calls this "an independent, non-commercial site", which it is. It has good content - essays, reviews, wine quizzes - without the frills of high-budget sites. For restaurateurs, the "Wine Course" and "Regions" sections are excellent for basic staff wine training.
A must is a visit to the Internet's top wine critic, Glasgow's Tom Cannavan. More than just an archive of 2,000-plus tasting notes, Tom's site covers the range from the best supermarket bottles to a guide to vintage years, and he gives it to us straight; it's written for the general consumer rather than the cork dork.
Internet Site of the Week
Whilst the influence of wine is far reaching, the subject can still be a daunting one for the novice. But fear not, Tom Cannavan runs one of the longest established independent wine sites. His content-rich project is a labour of love, updated daily, where the emphasis is on content, clean design and ease of navigation.
Sites such as Tom Cannavan's are perfect with ample opportunity for browser participation independent views and discussion.
The Internet allows us to access impartial advice. Britain's top Internet wine critic is based in Glasgow. Tom Cannavan of www.wine-pages.com goes from strength to strength. More than just a huge archive of tasting notes, Tom's site also gives incisive comment on the state of the wine industry. Attached to no special interest other than his own impressive palate, Tom bypasses the waffle of the shopkeeper and gives it to you straight.
Basically, sites divide into two kinds: the commercial sites, which are trying to sell you wine, and the non-commercial sites, which are run by internet and wine loving individuals. The most useful non-commercial site I have found is one that I first investigated over a year ago: www.wine-pages.com hosted by Tom Cannavan. It's easy to use and is packed with interest, sound advice and recommendations. The site's other great advantage is that, unlike most, it is updated daily.
Site of the Month"
Yet another excellent personal wine site, this time from the United Kingdom. Tom Cannavan's site has been around for a while now but even if you are new to surfing wine sites on the web, or
don't pay too much attention to "Personal" web sites, bookmark this one. It offers great information about wine in general along with some regional guides, tasting notes, articles etc.
Tom also has an excellent online wine course, complete with a quiz.
I've just discovered a great new Web site called Tom Cannavan's Wine Pages. It's an intelligent, independent
take on the world of wine, written by a wine-mad Scot, with more than 1,000 tasting notes, essays, book reviews, vintage charts,
quizzes and food and wine pairings. Unlike many sites, this one is updated daily. It is also written with the general consumer,
rather than the cork dork in mind.
Now, as ever, my favourite site remains www.wine-pages.com run by Tom Cannavan. His on-line wine course, based
on one he teaches in the evenings, is useful and enjoyable. So are his links to other sites and UK wine merchant listings.
if all sites were this good we'd spend more time surfing than drinking. Which is probably more expensive, but almost
as much fun.
Richard Ehrlich is the 1998 Glendifddich Wine Writer of the Year
Many Internet wine pages are run-of-the-mill commercial sites best avoided, but there is plenty for the wired-up wine
buff. Start at Tom Cannavan's Wine Pages. Cannavan leads regular
wine appreciation courses in the city. A serious enthusiast, he applies his technical knowledge to present an engaging site. Whimsical essays discuss the dumbing down of wine
and question whether Bordeaux is sexy. A guide to throwing the perfect dinner party should help you to be regarded
as the consummate host. Full-bodied with subtle depth.
Wine-making and drinking is a global concern peopled by passionate professionals and amateurs
A quick Web search reveals more than 3,000 sites dedicated to the making, marketing and appreciation of wine.
Among the best of the enthusiasts' sites is that of Tom Cannavan, wine writer whose six part wine appreciation course
is available on the site along with tasting notes from his cellar. He also gives "cheap and cheerful" recommendations on wines
available at under £7 in the UK's high streets and supermarkets. There is plenty more to amuse and inform visitors to this site
and the fact that it is updated on an almost daily basis adds greatly to its appeal. An ideal jumping-off point for wine-lovers
on the Web.
Wine buff Tom Cannavan has compiled a handy and instructional wine drinker's guide. Tom's rhapsodies
over vintages from his own cellar make for an amusing read, but his well-written notes (complete with
diagrams) to popular wine regions are essential for even the casual drinker.
This bibulous site offers tasting notes, restaurant reviews, a region-by-region guide and a quiz which will be personally
marked and returned. The author teaches a wine appreciation course at Glasgow University, and is happy to
share online both the secrets of his cellar and his favourite Tesco and Oddbins specials. The assessments are
imaginative - watch out for those cedary, pencil-shaving aromas in the 1992 Bahans de Chateau Haut-Brion, or the
gorgeous animal nose of the Domaine Dujac, EchÈzeaux, Grand Cru 1989. Add some witty and perceptive essays
("Is Bordeaux Sexy?") and a vintage chart, and the result, while uncompromisingly textual, is a site with depth of
flavour and a full-bodied, classy finish.