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If you love wine—drinking it, writing about it, reading about it, dreaming about it—you need to check out this website for WineMaps.com.

What is it? From the creator:

“WineMaps.com is an interactive travel map that allows consumers to discover, learn and interact with wineries, vineyards, wine bars and events around the world. You can plan a vacation to the vineyards in Mendocino, discover wineries in Greece, and choose which wine bar to go to in the city or find a wine-related event you should attend. With your phone, you can look for the nearest WineMaps locations, check in to wineries, write reviews and post them to your social networks or map out your own wine tour.”

As luck would have it, Pen and I were just chatting about how it had been too long since we had gone wine exploring in California. From the looks of this site, we may have just found a new and fabulous guide. The site is particularly good at getting boutique wineries discovered—and Pen and I do so love discovering them. They also have a terrific list of wine events, so if we plan a little, we might just be able to hit something fun that we would never have known about otherwise.

I’ve already gotten wrapped up in reading their blog feed (which includes links to wine blogs around the net), and I love the idea that they are using social media platforms (like Twitter) to get real time information on events and experiences. That’s the biggest challenge with a site like this—keeping it current. But they have found really innovative ways to stay connected with their audience and provide truly valuable content.

This is a start-up and the site is in Beta right now. So, it’s time to get in on the ground-floor. Sign up for their newsletter here: http://discover.winemaps.com/beta (it took me approximately 3 seconds to do it) because why wouldn’t you want the latest and greatest wine news/events/trip possibilities delivered directly to you? Of course, you would want that!

And now I’m going to go plan a trip on their travel tab because even if I can’t leave on a trip to Portugal right now, it’s important to be prepared!




Material and/or financial incentives may be received as a result of my involvement with the above program. But all editorial content and opinions are those of Patricia Steffy.