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investdrinks is happy to provide links to the following organisations, merchants and other wine sites. Some of the companies offer advice on drinks investment and a few offer a drinks investment service. These links are offered solely for the putative investor's consideration and it is assumed that investors will research the advice and packages offered as well as the companies before making any investment. Links to investdrinks.org are free. I have no financial interest in the companies listed, although I do contribute to some of the magazines and wine sites listed. Please contact me at jim@investdrinks.org to arrange a link.

Sites in each category are ordered by Web address.

Advice and Help for Investors

Companies House (UK)
companieshouse.gov.uk
Information on all Ltd and plc companies in the UK plus information on company law etc.

Crimes of Persuasion
crimes-of-persuasion.com
Very informative and useful site on telemarketing fraud run by Les Henderson in Ontario. Gives details on schemes and tricks of the trade used by fraudsters. The technique of making friends with elderly people was used by some of the salesmen in the claret web.

Fraud Aid
fraudaid.com
Gives advice on what to do if you have or think you have been defrauded.

Fraud Bureau
fraudbureau.com
'This a free service, established to alert online consumers and investors of prior complaints relating to online vendors including sellers at online auctions and to provide consumers, investors and users with information and news on how to safely surf, shop and invest on the net.' This extremely useful site explains the classic scams, how to spot and avoid them and is relevant not just to Internet scams.

 

Charles K Ponzi Web site
mark-knutson.com
The life and frauds of Charles Ponzi who gave his name to Ponzi schemes.

Modus International Ltd
modusinternational.net
Company advises on and investigates corporate fraud.

Quatloos - scams and frauds exposed
quatloos.com
Sites covers a range of frauds including advance fee fraud (including Nigerian 419s), multi-level marketing and tax protestors along with advice on how to spot a scam. It includes the following advice about Private Placement Memoranda:
'Private Placements: So-called Private Placements are an investment which can in some states in some very limited circumstances, be sold without registration with your state securities commission. Many (perhaps most) of these are scams, and even the legitimate ones are so risky that they are unsuitable for most people, and so you should probably just avoid them. Never, ever invest in a private placement without first consulting a qualified, independent attorney and having him do some investigation. Private placements are really only suitable for people who have a great deal of wealth, and who can "gamble" a very small portion of their wealth on a particular project. But that's exactly what it is, a gamble, and so don't make the investment unless you can stand to lose every penny of what you invest.'

Serious Fraud Office
sfo.gov.uk
The Serious Fraud Office is an independent government department that investigates and prosecutes serious or complex fraud. It is part of the UK criminal justice system.

Sweet Chilli Sauce
sweetchillisauce.com
Often hilarious site run from Australia that plays along with the Nigerian 419 letters. Also has links to other sites especially those also concerned with the 419 scams.

Malt Whisky Buyers Helpline
whiskyscam.co.uk
This organisation was set up to help people who had bought malt whisky as an 'investment'. They now also help people who have bought other drinks investments. There is a small charge to join. Their email address is mwbh@ukgateway.net

'In the 2 years since its inception we have recovered over £5 million from credit card companies and have advised well over 3000 people. Letters and calls are being received daily requesting help and guidance. To take advantage of the "Helpline" facilities you can join us for a annual fee of £10 (£15 for those living abroad.)'

World Wide Scams
worldwidescam.com
Site providing links to sites exposing scams around the world, includes one that covers the Nigerian money scam.

  Drinks industry organisations
 

Bureau National Interprofessionnel du Cognac
bnic.fr
Organisation that administers and promotes Cognac.

APCOR
corkmasters.com
Portuguese Cork Association that is defending real cork.

New Zealand Wine Guild
nzwine.com

The Scotch Whisky Association
scotch-whisky.org.uk

New Zealand Wine Screwcap Wine Seal Initiative
screwcap.co.nz
Site for a New Zealand initiative that is doing much to change people's perception about the best way to seal a bottle of wine.

Sopexa UK
sopexa.co.uk
Promotes food and wine from France.

Wine Australia
wineaustralia.com

The Wine and Spirit Association
wsa.org.uk

  Auction Houses
  Butterfield & Butterfield
butterfields.com

Christie’s
Tel.: (44) 020 7839 9060
Fax: (44) 020 7839 1611
christies.com
Fine wine auctioneers who have pledged not to supply the claret web.

Sothebys
Tel.: (44) 20 7293 6423
Fax: (44) 20 7293 5961
sothebys.com

The Chicago Wine Company
Tel.: (1) 847 647 8787
Fax: (1) 847 647 7265
tcwc.com

Winebid
winebid.com

  Merchants / Brokers / Importers
 

Australia

Winepros
winepros.com.au
Australian site headed by Len Evans and James Halliday.

 

France

Les Delices du Net
lesdelices.com
French gastronomic products (foie gras etc.) and wine from Delices de Daubenton shop in Paris.

World Marechal
worldmarechal.com
Internet seller of fine wines and food

 

Ireland

Mitchell & Son
mitchellandson.com

The Wine Centre
thewinecentre.com
Irish online fine wine brokers & shippers

 

Jersey

Victor Hugo Wines
victor-hugo-wines.com

 

UK

Adnams
adnams.co.uk
Umbrella site for Adnams brewery, beers, wines, pubs and hotels.

John Armit Wines Ltd
armit.co.uk
Fine wine brokers who have pledged not to supply the claret web.

Ballantynes of Cowbridge
ballantynes.co.uk
Has undertaken not to supply the claret web companies.

Berkmann Wine Cellars
berkmann.co.uk

Berry bros & Rudd
bbr.com
Fine wine brokers who have pledged not to supply the claret web.

Bibendum Wine Ltd
bibendum-wine.co.uk
Has undertaken not to supply the claret web companies.

Bordeaux Index
bordeauxindex.com
Regrettably they have refused to join the pledge not to supply the claret web scamsters.

Brizard & Co
brizard.co.uk
Company offering a range of gifts for wine enthusiasts - books, wine racks, corkscrews etc.

Cave Cru Classé Ltd
cave-cru-classe.com
Fine wine brokers who have pledged not to supply the claret web.

Chiantishire Wines
chianti.uk.net

Corney & Barrow
corbar1.demon.co.uk
Fine wine brokers who have pledged not to supply the claret web.

Farr Vintners
farr-vintners.com
Tel.: (44) 020 7821 2000
One of the biggest brokers in the world. Regrettably they have refused to join the pledge not to supply the claret web scamsters.

John E Fells & Sons Ltd
fells.co.uk

Fine & Rare Wines Ltd.
frw.co.uk
Tel.: (44) 020 8960 1995
Fine wine brokers who have pledged not to supply the claret web. Their site usefully lists prices of many fine wines. Fine & Rare's prices are often amongst the lowest, so this is a very good price comparison.

Jeroboams
jeroboams.co.uk
Fine wines and food

James Nicholson
jnwine.com
Northern Ireland's leading merchant

Lay & Wheeler Ltd
laywheeler.com
Tel: 01206-764446
Long established, exemplary independent wine merchant who has kept pace with the changing wine world.

Lea & Sandeman
londonfinewine.co.uk
Very good wine merchant with four shops in London

Magnum Fine Wines plc
magnum.co.uk
Fine wine brokers who have pledged not to supply the claret web. Offers wine investment advice.

Majestic Wine Warehouses
majestic.co.uk

Premier Cru Fine Wine Investments Ltd
premiercru.com
Have been offering wine investment portfolios since 1994.

Richard Kihl Ltd.
richardkihl.ltd.uk
Fine wine brokers who have pledged not to supply the claret web.

Seckford Wines Ltd.
seckfordwines.co.uk
Fine wine brokers who have pledged not to supply the claret web.

International Wine Management
sc-co.co.uk
Offers a wine portfolio management service although does not sell wine.

SWIG
swig.co.uk

James Tait Wines Ltd
tait-wines.com
Fine wine brokers who have pledged not to supply the claret web.

Tanners Wines Ltd.
tanners-wines.co.uk

Turville Valley Wines
turville-valley-wines.com
Fine wine brokers who have pledged not to supply the claret web.

T&W Wines Ltd
tw-wines.co.uk

Vintage Roots
vintageroots.co.uk
Organic wine, beers and spirits

Waxman Wine
waxmanwine.co.uk
Mailorder specialist in Loire wines.

Cochonnet Wines
wineincornwall.co.uk

Peter Wylie Fine Wines
wyliefinewines.co.uk
Has pledged not to supply the claret web. Specialises in old wines and also offers a wine investment system.

Yapp Brothers Ltd.
yapp.co.uk

 

USA

Wine Commune
winecommune.com
On line wine auction company

Winoworld
winoworld.com
Site specialising in selling wines from the Pacific Northwest and california.

  Web Wine Merchants
  Chateauonline
chateauonline.com

everywine
everywine.co.uk
Site set up with backing of Booths supermarkets and intending to offer 35,000 wines or virtually all wines available in the UK. Editorial content is supplied by Wine magazine.

Madaboutwine
madaboutwine.com

Virgin Wines
virginwines.co.uk
Includes the wine wizard.

  Magazines Publications and Booksellers
  AIM - Alcohol in Moderation
aim-digest.com

Decanter magazine
decanter.com

John Roberts wine books
freespace.virgin.net/wine.books/
Good list of rare and out of print wine books.

harpers - the wine and spirit weekly
harpers-wine.com

Lyon Mag
lyonmag.com
The magazine that upset the Beaujolais producers big-time. Following a court case bought by 56 syndicats and four groups of négociants the magazine was ordered to pay ahuge fine - Euros 350,000 - for quoting an expert who described much Beaujolais as 'vin de merde' (crap wine). Part of the fine has been suspended but Lyon Mag still faces closure and deserves your support. Follow the Mayor of Lyon and sign the petition of support.

Mitchell Beazley
mitchell-beazley.co.uk
One of the world's leading drink book publishers.

The Polish Vodka site
polishvodka.com.pl / polishvodkas.com
Comprehensive and reliable guide to the Polish vodka industry and the many varieties that it produces.

Jancis Robinson and Hugh Johnson: The World Atlas of Wine
theworldatlasofwine.com

Vinbladet
vinbladet.dk
Magazine edited and published by Peter Winding, Denmark's leading wine writer.

Websters International Publishers
websters.co.uk
Publishers of wine books, including of many of Oz Clarke's books with Little, Brown and Company.

Wine Spectator
winespectator.com

  Wine Sites
 

b2bwine
b2bwine.com

Bob Campbell MW
bobcampbell.co.nz
Bob is New Zealand's leading wine writer.

Bordeaux Wine Enthusiast
bordeauxwineenthusiast.com
Self-explanatory site run by young American, Ben Nelson.

Cephas wine and vineyard photo library
cephas.com

Cork Masters
corkmasters.com
Site that promotes natural cork.

Cork and closures debate
corkwatch.com
Site set up by Robert Joseph to provide an unbiased forum to debate the merits of natural cork, plastic cork, screwtops etc.

English Wine
englishwine.com
Set up by Stephen Skelton who has just published The Wines of Britain and Ireland (faber & faber)

Robert Parker
erobertparker.com
Robert Parker's site

Financial Wines Limited
financialwines.com
Newly launched subscription service (April 2001) offering a price information service for wine buyers and investors.

The Greek Wine Guide
greekwineguide.gr
Nico Manessis is the world's leading authority on Greek wine.

Hic by Julian Curry
hicwine.com
Highly recommended one man presentation based on Hugh Johnson's History of Wine

Jancis Robinson MW
jancisrobinson.com
Site run by one of the world's most respected wine writers. It has wine and food news and views.

Janet Price - photographs of vineyards etc.
janetprice.co.uk

John Radford's Wine Site
johnradford.com
Author of the award winning book "The New Spain".

Local Wine Events
localwineevents.com
Website run by Eric Orange, listing wine events around the world. Listings are free.

Revue Vins de France
magnumvinum.fr
Site of France's leading and most authoritative wine magazine.

Master of Wine in Burgundy
masterofwines.com
Website run by Hafsa Logerot.

Jeremy Oliver
onwine.com.au
This site includes database on Australian wine and back issues of Jeremy Oliver OnWine.

Oz Clarke
ozclarke.com

Patrick Eagar Photo Library
patrickeagar.com
Eagar specialises in wine and cricket pictures

Food & Wine from France (Sopexa UK)
sopexa.co.uk/links.html
Links to various regional French wine sites.

Steven Morris Photography
stevenmorris.com

Superplonk
superplonk.com
Malcolm Gluck's superplonk is now online with recommendations of what wines to buy from some 40 UK supermarkets and wine merchants.

Stephen Barrett's Wine Site
stephenbarrett.com
Home of The Original Wine Entertainer and Stephen Barrett's Juicy Wine Tours

Tastings
tastings.com
The Beverage Tastings Institute is based in Chicago. Will have comprehensive notes on Bordeaux 2000.

The Wine Doctor
thewinedoctor.com
Chris Kissack's wine site.

James Gabler's Site
thomasjefferson.net

Tony Aspler
tonyaspler.com
Tony is Canada's best known wine writer.

vine2wine.com
vine2wine.com
Extensive listing of links to wine sites

Weekend Winery.com
weekendwinery.com
Guide to American wineries, includes Alaska.

Whitley on Wine
whitley.com
Robert Whitley is a journalist and broadcaster based in San Diego.

Wine Alley
winealley.com
"Let's share the passion for wine."

Wine Anorak
wineanorak.com
Interesting site run by wine enthusiast Jamie Goode.

Winebusiness
winebusiness.com

Wine & Dine e-Zine
winedine.co.uk
Established in 1995 and one of the original wine ezines. It receives around 120,000 hits a month.

Association of Wine Educators
wineeducators.com

Winexperts
winexperts.com.br
Brazilian site that is claimed to be the largest content portal of Brazil related to wine

Wine Lovers Page
wineloverspage.com

Wine of the Week
wineoftheweek.com
Informative New Zealand edited by Sue Courtney.

Wine Pages
wine-pages.com
Tom Cannavan's extensive site was established in 1995.

Wine profiler
wineprofiler.com
Swedish site that undertakes to update the value of your cellar to take account of movements in auction prices. Costs SEK 2000 to join.

Wine Prophet
wineprophet.com
Service run by James Herrick offering financial and business advice to people in the wine industry.

WineReleaseDate
winereleasedate.com
Lists release dates for American wines plus good links page.

Chicago Wine School
wineschool.com
Long established school run by Patrick W Fegan.

Wine Searcher
winesearcher.com
Described as a 'Gateway to specialist wines' this very useful site lists fine wine prices for 153599 wines from 353 merchants (as of May 1st 2000).

wine.telegraph.co.uk
wine.telegraph.co.uk
joint tie-up with everywine.co.uk and telegraph.co.uk

Wine Today
winetoday.com
One of America's leading wine sites and a subsidiary of The New York Times Company.

Wine Trends
winetrends.co.uk
General advice on buying plus plotting trends from Christie's and Sotheby's auctions since 1997.

The Circle of Wine Writers
winewriters.org
The Circle has over 220 members. This page gives details of its activities and publications

The Wine & Spirit Education Trust
wset.co.uk
Organisation that offers wine education courses to the trade and also to the public. New offering for 2001 - lectures on wine investment.

Zinfandel
zinfandel.org
Site dedicated to one of the world's most interesting grape varieties.

  Wine and Spirit Producers
 

Australia

Chain of Ponds
chainofpondswines.com.au

d'Arenberg Wines, McLaren Vale
wineaustralia.com.au/darenberg

Yalumba
yalumba.com
Australia's oldest family owned winery.

 

Chile

Gracia
graciawinery.cl
Stylish wine producer

 

France

SAPROS
sapros.org
Recently formed association of French sweet wine producers, dedicated to making naturally sweet wine, i.e. without the assistance of added sugar. Only 13 producers so far but top quality.

Alsace

Blanck
blanck-alsace.com
High quality family producer

Hugel & Fils
hugel.com
A leading grower and négociant.

F. E. Trimbach
maison-trimbach.fr
A top Alsace producer

Armagnac

Château Laballe
chateaulaballe.com
Producer in Bas-Armagnac

Bordeaux

Peter A. Sichel
sichel.fr

Vignobles Germain
vgas.com

Burgundy

Bouchard Père et fils
bouchard-pereetfils.com
Once faded but famous Burgundy house now revitalised by Joseph Henriot.

Jean-Marc Brocard
brocard.fr
Important and high quality Chablis producer.

Daniel-Etienne Defaix, Domaine du Vieux-Château
chablisdefaix.com
One of the best Chablis producers.

Union des Grand Cru de Chablis
grandscruschablis.com

Michel Laroche
michellaroche.com
Leading Chablis producer with an estate in the Languedoc as well as a venture in Chile.

Moët & Chandon
moet.com
The world's largest Champagne producer

Champagne

Billecart-Salmon
champagne-billecart.fr
Top quality Champagne

Bollinger
champagne-bollinger.fr
Also very high quality

Champagne Lanson
lanson.net

Moët & Chandon
moet.com
The world largest Champagne producer

Pol Roger
polroger.co.uk

Ruinart
ruinart.com

Languedoc

Syndicat de l'AOC Corbieres
aoc-corbieres.com

Big Frank Chludinski
bigfranksred.com

Les Vignerons de Camplong
camplong.com
Small and dynamic co-operative in the Corbières. Site has details of the wine plus local tourism.

Cave Co-operative of Embres et Castelmaure
capdagde.net/vin/languedoc-roussillon/corbieres/embres.html
One of the most dynamic and forward looking co-operatives in southern France.

Mas de Daumas-Gassac
daumas-gassac.com
One of the top estates in the Midi

Loire

Henri Bourgeois
bourgeois-sancerre.com
One of the most dynamic producers in Sancerre. Now with an estate in New Zealand.

Château de Chaintres
chaintres.com
Walled vineyard in Saumur-Champigny.

Coulée de Serrant
coulee-de-serrant.com
Famous biodynamic producer in unique appellation in Savennières.

Couly-Dutheil
coulydutheil-chinon.com
Important and good family producer in Chinon.

Domaine Filliatreau
filliatreau.fr
Saumur-Champigny's largest individual grower.

Guilbaud Frères
guilbaud-muscadet.com
Long established Muscadet producer and a member of Club Vignobles & Signatures.

Huet SA
huet-echansonne.com
One of the great estates of the Loire.

Patrick Baudouin
patrick-baudouin-layon.com
Stunning sweet wines from dynamic producer (with strong opinions) in the Coteaux du Layon (Loire Valley).

Paul Buisse
paul-buisse.com
Grower and négociant in Montrichard.

Château de Fesles
vitis-direct.com
Leading Loire estate at Bonnezeaux

Rhône

Château de Beaucastel
beaucastel.com
A top estate in Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Les Vignerons du Mont-Ventoux
bedoin.com
Co-operative in the shadow of the Ventoux.

M. Chapoutier
chapoutier.com
Important grower and négociant in Rhône with interests Australia, Provence and Roussillon.

Les Vignerons de Canteperdrix
cotes-du-ventoux.com
Large co-operative in Mazan.

E. Guigal
guigal.com
Important quality producer and négociant in the northern Rhône.

Inter-Rhône
vins-rhone.com
Covers the whole of the Rhone, this is the most dynamic of all the French regional wine bodies.

Roussillon

Domaine Cazes
cazes-rivesaltes.com
Biggest family producer in Roussillon with stunning fortified wines.

South-West France

Alain Brumont
montus-madiran.com

 

Italy

Calabria

Librandi
librandi.it
Dynamic, high quality producer in region not over-blessed with good wines.

Tuscany

Avignonesi
avignonesi.it
Dynamic and experimental producer in Montepulciano

Banfi
castellobanfi.com
Large producer in Montalcino - American owned

Castello di Bossi
castellodibossi.it
Long established and good Chianti producer

Il Poggione
tenutailpoggione.it
Top quality Brunello producer

Castello di Volpaia
volpaia.com
Chianti producer also offering accommodation

Tuscany

Antinori
antinori.it
One of Italy's leading producers with estates in Tuscany, Umbria and Puglia.

Umbria

Arnaldo Caprai
arnoldocaprai.it
Leading producer in Montefalco

Lungarotti
lungarotti.it

Veneto

Inama
inamaaziendaagricola.it
Stefano Inama is one of the leading quality producers in Soave. His wines bear no relation to the bland, boring, cut-price Soaves.

La Cappuccina
lacappuccina.it
Organic Soave producer. Their family owned Alpone restaurant is nearby.

Masi
masi.it
One the leading high quality producers in the Veneto. Big range of wines including Amarones.

Pieropan
pieropan.it
Long established, high quality Soave producer.

 

Germany

Lingenfelder Wine Estate
lingenfelder.com
Rainer Lingenfelder is a dynamic and open-minded producer - one of Germany's best.

 

Jamaica

J Wray & Nephew (UK) Ltd
rum.co.uk
UK site of one of world's great rum producers that includes the Appleton Estate rums.

 

New Zealand

Cloudy Bay
cloudybay.co.nz
Still the country's most famous producer.

Felton Road
feltonroad.com
High quality producer, especially Pinot Noir, down in Otago - the deep south of NZ.

Grove Mill
grovemill.co.nz
Good range of food friendly wines

Jackson Estate
jacksonestate.co.nz
High quality Marlborough producer. One of the leaders of the screwtop initiative.

New Zealand Screwtop Initiative
screwcap.co.nz
Because of the problem of cork taint, there is a growing movement in New Zealand towards using screwtops rather than corks.

Tohu Wines
tohuwines.co.nz
The first Maori owned New Zealand wine producer.

Villa Maria
villamaria.co.nz
Second largest NZ producer with deserved reputation for quality. All wines will be in screwtop from 2002.

 

Portugal

Fonseca Port
fonseca.pt

House of Sandeman
sandeman.com
Port and sherry producer

Taylor's Port
taylor.pt

Symington Family Port companies
thevintageportsite.com

 

Spain

González Byass
gonzalezbyass.es
Sherry producer especially Tio Pepe

Tio Pepe
tiopepedryside.com
Site for the relaunched Tio Pepe

Catalonia

Torres
torres.es

Jerez

Lustau
emilio-lustau.com
On of the top producers especially the Almacenista wines.

 

UK

English Wine Producers
englishwineproducers.com

Bruichladdich
bruichladdich.com
Islay whisky producer now being revived

 

USA

California

Bonny Doon
bonnydoonvineyard.com
Successful brand and winery run by Randall Grahm, one of the most perceptive commentators on wine.

Frogs Leap
frogsleap.com
Good wines and well designed site.

Saintsbury
saintsbury.com
Fine producer of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in Carneros

New York State

Bully Hill Vineyards
bullyhill.com
This winery boasts an interesting range of labels.

Oregon

Firesteed
firesteed.com
Wine producer in Oregon as well as North West Italy.

King Estate
kingestate.com
Ambitious, high quality producer

  Food Sites
 

France

Gérard Boulay
sancerre.org
Top quality producer of Crottin de Chavignol (goats' cheese) in the heart of the small eponymous village, close to Sancerre.

 

UK

Food Commission
foodcomm.org.uk
Campaigning for the right to safe, wholesome, affordable food which is produced sustainably and with respect for animal welfare.

Northfield Farm
northfieldfarm.com
Naturally reared meats.

  Bonded Warehouses
  London City Bond
londoncitybond.co.uk

Octavian
octavian.co.uk/octavian.htm

  Internet Wine Exchanges
  Liv-Ex
liv-ex.co.uk / liv-ex.com
Online trading for fine wine professionals. Compiles a list of best offers from over 30 merchants and brokers - available on subscription. Has undertaken to refuse direct access to the claret web companies.

World Wine Exchange
worldwinex.com
Trading floor. Site has a useful independent wine price ticker giving current prices of frequently traded wines. Has undertaken to bar any dubious wine investment companies.

  Bed and Breakfast in the Vineyard
 

France

La Bastide des Corbières
perso.wanadoo.fr/bastide.corbieres/
Attractive rooms and high quality evening meal in village of Boutenac in the Corbières.


Italy

Castello di Monastero
velm.com/borgomonastero
Large accommodation complex in old monastery close to Siena

Podernovo
podernovo.com
Very comfortable accommodation, near Orte

  Other Sites
  5pm.co.uk
5pm.co.uk
Last minute bookings in UK restaurants at a reduced price.

Cookie Dude Web Design
cookiedude.com
The company that created this site. Cutting edge Web designers and Flash specialists they are, but they still offer complete sites for under £200. They certainly know which century this is.

Google
google.com
Very quick and efficient search engine.

NeoRealEstate & Post Your Property
neorealestate.com & postyourproperty.com
Michael Stark's sites offer free property listing internationally for owners and agents. Stark is a licensed real estate agent in California.