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News! All Wine Tour Content Now Free to View

October 30, 2009

We’ve made some major changes on the Wine Travel Guides website, which will benefit anyone planning a wine tour in France, Tuscany or Rioja and other regions we will add next year. All the contents of our 50 micro-region travel guides to wine regions can now be viewed free on the website.

There’s no catch here, but anyone who would like the convenience of downloading the guides as PDFs to plan their wine trip off-line and print pages as required, can purchase the guides at a very reasonable price of £5 (approximately US$8.50 or €5.50) with discounts for multiple guide purchases. A sample PDF guide can be downloaded on registration; for those of you who have already registered, do log in and take a look as we’ve changed the sample to the Southern Graves and Sauternes guide by Jane Anson.

We have also converted our former Gold Subscription to Gold Membership, which allows any of our guides to be downloaded for a full 12 months (meaning you get the latest, updated guide) including any we add in the future. The price has been reduced too – Gold Membership costs just £29 (approximately US$49 or €32). A package of member benefits is also planned, and these should include discounts on other valuable wine and travel related information.

In case you are not familiar with the content on our Guides, our micro-region guides are bite-sized chunks of major wine regions, for example, we have 8 guides to Bordeaux; 5 to the Rhône Valley; 2 to Tuscany (covering only central areas at present) and so on. Each guide (about 10 – 20 pages in PDF form) includes 8 – 12 recommended wine producers to visit; a few places to stay (ranging from top hotels to friendly Bed and Breakfasts); restaurants, shops and attractions, plus a useful aide-memoir of the regional wines including appellations, grape varieties and wine styles. A wealth of information in a small package.

Most importantly of all, our guides are written by a selection of top wine and travel writers, selected because they have the inside track on their regions – some you’ve already seen on this blog, others are also top-class, including three Masters of Wine and several published book authors. We also make a point of updating our guides regularly, once a year at a minimum with tweaks during the year as necessary.

There are no other travel guides to these wine regions which are as authoritative or comprehensive as ours available anywhere else on the web, so please visit the site and tell the rest of the world about our existence. The main idea of these changes is to open up our content to many more independent travellers who love wine. Increased visibility – and let’s be honest about it, revenue – will allow us to expand our guides to other countries and regions in the future.

Thank you for reading this blatant sales blog post.  I felt that it needed to be spelt out as going from 60 pages to over 1500 pages of quality content is pretty big news for a website! I hope you agree and look forward to your reactions to the changes. I promise you that interesting wine and travel posts will resume soon!

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The Weekly Twitter Quiz #9 – Win a PDF Wine Travel Guide

March 5, 2009

Last week’s quiz question was cryptic, this one requires some sleuthing I reckon. No more clues, for now. If you are new to the quiz, welcome! It’s your chance to have some fun researching an obscure fact related to wine and travel somewhere in the world and if you’re fast enough you will win a PDF guide from our choice of 50 on-line travel guides, designed so that you can plan your own wine tour in France, Italy or Spain. Question coming up:

Weekly Twitter Quiz #9 – Question
Which wine village in Switzerland has the most vineyards? In which canton?

You must follow me on twitter to compete. The first correct answer that is replied to @WineTravel wins the prize.

I will announce the answer and name the winner on Twitter first and then on a new post here with the answer and some extended explanation.


The Weekly Twitter Quiz #8 – Win a PDF Wine Travel Guide

February 25, 2009

This weekly sport is becoming more and more challenging to me, at least. However, it gives me a chance to peruse the 50 guides on the website to get ideas for the question and that in turn inevitably allows me to correct some odd typo (sorry, folks I know there are some) or words bunched together (an odd habit of the HTML software we use). As a wine educator for many years, I love sharing odd facts and information on wine, and the challenge to add a travel element to the wine education has been great fun. There are now around 1/4 of a million words on the guides (no wonder there are some typos) and a Gold subscriber has access to them all! Download the sample travel guide to inland Provence by registering on the site and take part in this quiz if you are quick enough so that you can win a 2nd guide.

Weekly Twitter Quiz #8 – Question
Which old world village on which wine route watches you at night?

You must follow me on twitter to compete. The first correct answer that is replied to @WineTravel wins the prize.

I will announce the answer and name the winner on Twitter first and then on a new post here with the answer and some extended explanation.


The Weekly Twitter Quiz #7 – win a PDF Wine Travel Guide

February 18, 2009

Welcome, especially to any newcomers who’ve found this through the new Facebook page. Every week I give you a chance to win one of our micro-region guides (in addition to the sample guide which is available when your register on the site). We have  now reached a half-century … no less than 50 guides with 46 guides to France plus 2 guides to Tuscany and the latest additions, 2 guides to Rioja. Be the first to give the correct answer to this quiz on Twitter and you can choose any one of the guides them as your prize. Here goes:

Weekly Twitter Quiz #7 – Question
Name the pink wine made by an ancient method close to Bourg-en-Bresse.

You must follow me on twitter to compete. The first correct answer that is replied to @WineTravel wins the prize.

I will announce the answer and name the winner on Twitter first and then on a new post here with the answer and some extended explanation.


The Weekly Twitter Quiz #4 – Win a PDF Wine Travel Guide

January 28, 2009

Welcome to the weekly quiz, which you can only win by following me on Twitter. The quiz is your chance to win a choice of one of the 48 micro-region guides currently available as a PDF download. If you register on the site, you will also be able to download the sample guide, currently of Inland Provence by Elizabeth Gabay MW. The writers for each guide have the inside track on their particular region so they are best placed to pin-point an interesting selection of wine producers to visit, places to stay, eat and shop and other practical information to make it easy to plan your own private wine tour. Read all about the guides here. Here goes with the question – good luck!

Weekly Twitter Quiz #4 – Question
Add an ‘e’ to a heavy metal to get which red & white French AC wines?

You must follow me on twitter to compete. The first correct answer that is replied to @WineTravel wins the prize.

I will announce the answer and name the winner on Twitter first and then on a new post here with the answer and some extended explanation.


Weekly Twitter Quiz #3 – Win a PDF Wine Travel Guide

January 22, 2009

Are you following me on Twitter? I give regular updates and comments on there about wine, travel and life in general. And, once a week, usually on Wednesdays, but this week it’s Thursday, I tweet the Weekly Twitter Quiz. Just answer the question correctly on Twitter and if you are the first you win a PDF guide from Wine Travel Guides. You can choose any of the 46 micro-region guides to France or one of the two new guides to Tuscany.

Weekly Twitter Quiz #3 – Question
What two red AC wines would you most likely taste near Quéribus?

You must follow me on twitter to compete. The first correct answer that is replied to @WineTravel wins the prize.

I will announce the answer and name the winner on Twitter first and then on a new post here with the answer and some extended explanation.


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