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About the site

The purpose of this website is to help persons improve their wine appreciation.

Vineyards at Beaumes-de-Venise
The articles include brief personal tasting notes on French wines, side trips to Italy, sage advice on wine collecting, on food and wine pairing, on vintages, a photo gallery, maps of where to find the best natural wines, etc.

This site is completely independent: there is no commercial arrangement with the wine business. A wine or vintner is recommended because of their sheer interest.


I received the below email:

From: German Montoya <german.montoya@[some provider]>
Date: Fri, 29 Aug 2008 15:23:43 +0200
To: o@guideduvin.com
Subject: Congratulations!

Hello Mr. Breton,

I have been wanting to email you for a long time. I simply wished to congratulate you.

I live in Paris and I love wine — within the limits of my budget. I found in your a unique simplicity which I regard highly in these times of flooding spam and unbound commerce. Furthermore, your emails only come on a quarterly basis and are surgically precise: clear, direct, modest, frank and always full of good recommendations.

I encourage you to continue your endeavour and — of course — I tell my friends to come and visit your site.


German Montoya

About the author

I am a white male in my fifties. I am French.

I do not work in the press industry. This site merely represents myself.

I got into a wine passion slowly — by realizing that there was always more to understand, and that it was a pleasure to get to know winemakers better.



About a thousand persons a day use the site more than 30 seconds (as many as the French-speaking version of the site). There are about 2000 subscribers to .


Other reads

Herebelow are various articles by the same author :

French red wines
Natural wines in Washington, DC
Natural wines in Chicago
Natural wines in San Francisco, California
Natural wines in Los Angeles, California
Natural wines in London
Natural wines in Amsterdam, NL
Natural wines in Brussels
Natural wines in Paris
Natural wines in New York City

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