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Which wine sites do you like best?

>> Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Which wine sites do you like the best?

From the point of view of:

  • Design / site architecture
  • User interface
  • Usefulness
  • or anything else
It's nice if you give a reason, but you don't have to.

I'm really looking for WELL DESIGNED sites. It's not a question of which sites have the best contents.

A site can be a blog or a "real" site (=one that is not chronologically organised).

Thanks for your suggestions!

You can nominate more than one, of course.

(This is not a competition, and there's no winner. It's just an effort to collect well-made sites - for inspirational purposes. Your input is MUCH appreciated!)


Per and Britt, BKWine June 04, 2010 9:57 AM  

I've had suggestions from two people sent to me independently, so I'll mention them here:

One person is a fan of this site, without further explanation:

It does indeed look like a very clean site with a simple design, that seems easy to navigate.

A second person, Swedish this time, as you can tell from the suggestions, said this, and I translate the gist of the comments:

"There are actually no really good wine site at this moment [ed.: I think he means in Swedish]. What I would be looking for is a clean and easy-to-understand front page that in a good and simple way leads people further to what's behind; a site that a visitor quickly can glance at several times a day, when in a rush, but that also invites to much further browsing and more info - when I want. A Swedish example is Vin & Gastronomi but they have recently messed around with their design a bit too much. the basic concept is right but they don't quite manage to achieve the clean style. Another example is"

Per and Britt, BKWine June 04, 2010 10:17 AM  

So, let me give you a few of my own comments on popular sites:
Very clean and simple, with latest updates on the front page
Straight forward. A bit over-crowded front page. Lots of contents reasonalby well organised. but could be better structured with more obvious navigation
Very dense, but with the amount of info there is it has an OK organisation although the look is dated. A bit too much ‘stuff’ on the front page to really find the right entry points. But at least a menu logic that is reasonably easy to understand.
High expectations of this couple recently risen to wine-internet-fame. Works fine as a blog with recent posts on the front page and has tons of info, but far too cluttered with a navigation that I find difficult to understand with several different menu logics.
OK design with not too much clutter. Recent feature stories on the front page. But how to go from the front page to more info is difficult to understand: what’s the difference between (and what will I find in) Extra Features, Featured Stories, Soap Box (?), The Wine World, Wine Conversations, Wine Life, Wine Spotlight....? What's the difference? Beats me.

So, what are your favourites (or horror examples)?

Elwin June 08, 2010 6:57 PM  

Hi Per & BRitt,

I would like to make some suggestions: - this site is really informative and yet still easy to navigate. - lots of information and direct links to sales pages. - yes webshop, but lots of 2.0 features !!

Finally I would like to suggest my website - lots of information on Hungarian wines, wineries, grapes and regions. Please let me know what you think !

All the best,

Terence June 09, 2010 2:19 AM

For people to keep and share their tasting notes.

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