If you would like buy wine online nowadays, you’re in luck, because the wine world is seeing a surge of interest as never before, and because of the power of the worldwide web, producers and wine-lovers find it incredibly easy to get in touch, with many small producers selling directly to the public through their very own websites.
And talking about websites, the explosion of the blogosphere has taken the wine world by storm, too, turning once-isolated oenophiles into veritable authorities with followings in the hundreds or even thousands. Really like Washington wine? There is a blog for that. Several, in fact, particularly when you throw in those devoted more to Oregon wine, which will often cover the entire Pacific northwest region in their musings.
Maybe you are interested in foreign fare, for instance classic Champagne, Burgundy, or Riesling. Well, what do you know, there are sites for all those, too! Thanks to the internet, wine-lovers have started and coalesced around websites focused on all the numerous details possible in the world of wine. For those more open-minded of oenophiles, you can even find blogs specialized in vegetable wines made from potato or ginger, and rice and sorghum wines such as are found in East Asia. Or how about fermented goat’s milk, such as popularly drunk in Mongolia, where they literally wean kids who are only five or six on the stuff.
For purists, naturally, a wine can only mean one thing, alcoholic beverages made from grapes; they look askance at the just mentioned list and its ingredients, sniffing that the word “wine” is only applied adjectivally rather than as a noun. But whatever your definition, there is no mistaking it: the 21st Century is really a much richer one for the wine connoisseur, more varied and with a lot more options.