Archive for December, 2005

Wine Appreciation Event

Date: Feb 06, 2006 (Mon)
Time: 6:00PM-9:00PM
Phone: 973-777-0770
Email: passaicrotaryevents at
Cost: $30.00/$35 at door

Venue: The Wellesly Inn
265 Route 3 East
Clifton, New Jersey 07014

Wine & Food tasting to benefit the Rotary International GIft of Life Foundation, which provides transplants and much needed medical care to children from countries lacking in facilities and expertise. Also benefits Passaic Rotary Club local college scholarship programs and community enhancement programs. Join us for an gala evening of food, wine and fun. Sample local culinary delights.Silent auction and other events to take place. Call 973-777-0770 for tickets, donations and sponsorship info.


California wineries Lynmar, Clos du Val and EOS Estate Winery have come top in a listing of the top ten US winery websites of 2005.

The list is based on an independent review of over 2,200 sites carried out by Michael E Duffy & Associates, publishers of The Winery Website Report.

The report evaluates ‘user effectiveness’ using 25 criteria, including the site’s visual appeal, its navigation, personalisation and responsiveness.

Information about current releases, the biggest single rating element, accounts for 6% of the site’s total score.

‘Increasingly, the first point of contact between a customer and a winery is through the winery’s website. That one contact may be a winery’s only shot at a potential customer’, Michael E Duffy told

First place, with a score of 83 out of a possible 100, was awarded to, with and in second and third place.

‘The best sites clearly address the needs of four distinct types of visitors: buyers, browsers, the trade, and the media. An effective site helps a visitor accomplish what they came to do without a lot of effort wasted,’ said Duffy.

However Duffy added the caveat that with an average score of 48 points, the 2,231 sites surveyed aren’t working as well as they should. He made the point that wineries should ask ‘What is someone who just landed on this page trying to do?’ rather than ‘What do I want my site to do?’

‘The report is designed to help wineries make their sites more visitor effective, meaning that visitors achieve their goals, and leave with a positive impression. Those two elements lead to continued interaction between them and the winery, which, properly managed, leads to sales,’ Duffy added.

So far the survey covers US wineries only, though Duffy has plans to expand. ‘So far, we’ve had requests from Canadian, Israeli, and Tuscan

The full top ten:
1. Lynmar Winery (83)
2. Clos Du Val Wine Co. (82)
3. EOS Estate Winery (81)
4. King Estate Winery (80)
5. Huntington Wine Cellars (79)
6. Nickel & Nickel (78)
7. Goldeneye (77)
8. Lambert Bridge Winery (77)
9. Wildhurst Vineyards (77)
10. Quivira Vineyards (75)


Artadi Pagos Viejos 2003

With the score on the 2003 Vinas de Gain (93 RP) and the fact that all the grapes for Grandas Anadas and El Pison have been blended in, this is sure to be a huge winner. Buy this wine on presale before it gets reviewed.

You can buy this wine at our wine store.
Regular Price: $79.99 | Sale Price: $61.99
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23% discount wine offer

This exclusive offer is brought you by WineLegend Online Wine Store.

The discount coupon is valid untill Sunday 11th December 2005.
Buy some robert parker rated wines before they are gone out of stock.

Ian Scott tell us about his wine induced poetry on his blog.
Have a look: Wine Induced Poetry

Wine Dining Event

The Masters of Food & Wine is an event that offers the chance to sample delicious food from world-renowned chefs in a beautiful setting. Tickets go on sale today for the 20th anniversary of this event which is being held at The Highlands Inn, Park Hyatt Carmel. Celebrity chefs participating include Eric Ripert from Le Bernardin, Daniel Boulud from Daniel and Dieter Muller from Schlosshotel Lerbach.

There will be over wines from over 60 wineries including Robert Talbott Vineyards, Pride Mountain, Pisoni Vineyards & Winery, Castello Banfi, House of Bollinger, JJ Prum, Kistler and Sassacaia. Events include vertical wine tastings, culinary demonstrations, gala luncheons and dinners, and the Rarities Dinner which is an eight course meal paired with rare vintages and served in a private home with an oceanfront setting.

Events are individually priced, starting at $100, and are open to the public.