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The Good Web Guide to Wine [Hardcover]

Tom Cannavan
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Good Web Guide Limited (25 Sep 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1903282047
  • ISBN-13: 978-1903282045
  • Product Dimensions: 18.4 x 18.2 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,544,416 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A further extension of the innovative Good Web Guide series, this Wine volume provides the same excellent service as its predecessors have done for gardening, money, food, parenting, genealogy and other essentials. Essentially it comprises description and evaluation of dozens of Web sites around the world devoted to wine, its appreciation, its sales, its appurtenances and paraphernalia. In the standard and very useful Good Web Guide style, sites are given a broad classification (enthusiasts, winery, commerce etc.), together with a number of star ratings for content, ease of navigation, downloading speed and frequency of updating. The reviews are clear and fair; the sites reviewed have been chosen judiciously (there is also a generous selection of "Other Sites of Interest"). The physical book is only part of the Guide--the inert terrestrial terminal of the project. The CD-ROM included with it gives access to the Good Web Guide Web site, where links to all the reviewed sites are maintained, along with updated reviews and new sites added to the project. Despite the high-tech gloss, the approach is reassuringly non-technical, with few assumptions made about readers' surfing abilities. A handy glossary explains many of the most common Web terms. Tom Cannavan is a highly regarded figure in the world of wine, who himself maintains one of the best wine Web sites. Modestly, he does not include it; however, the publishers have sneaked a (rightly) rave review into the Introduction. --Robin Davidson


A simple search for wine-related subjects on the Internet will confirm that wine has adopted the web in a fashion unlike any other food or drink subject. The downside is a cyber-space so crowded with wine-related sites that it makes for a time-consuming and often frustrating surfing experience. This book contains around 100 in-depth reviews of related websites. It is aimed at everyone who is frustrated by the confusion of material on the Internet, much of which is misleading and uninformative. Readers are pointed towards concise and authoritative information about the specific wine areas they are interested in. "The Good Web Guide to Wine" casts a knowledgeable and critical eye over the world of on-line wine, pin-pointing those sites that really deliver the goods and sifting out those that merely flatter to deceive. The Internet has been scoured for the best sites in a number of categories including wine appreciation, wine sales, regional guides, on-line magazines, educational resources and those sites that simply celebrate the joy of wine. To qualify for inclusion, not only must sites have the highest standard of content, but they must be up-to-date and easy to use.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really useful 25 Nov 2000
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I bought this book because I'm a wine lover who has the Internet, but really couldn't be bothered trawling through all the junk I found when searching for wine topics. The book is incredibly useful, well-researched, and highlights some brilliant sites. Buying the book also gives you access to a dedicated web site, where there are already half a dozen brand new reviews, so the book doesn't go out of date. Clever!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great help and a good read 28 May 2001
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.. The whole point of Tom Canavan's book is that it cuts out all the frustration and dissapointment of hours spent in front of a search engine: it rates sites intelligently and from a very knowledgeable viewpoint (about wine). Search engines throw up far more irrelevent sites than useful ones in my experience! This is a really useful book, and Canavan's opinions make for interesting reading. I'd highly recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars really good 13 May 2003
Just bought this at a discount price and although it is a bit out of date there is an amazing amount of useful information and it is very well written. The accompanying web site is a bit buggy, but does have a lot of updated content which is good
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5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely useful 10 Oct 2000
By A Customer
I've looked at lots of so called "web guides" for sites on my hobbies and interests, but most are just dross. This book is obviously written by someone who really knows his stuff about the subject - wine - and isn't just another rip-off cashing in on the web. This has loads of fantastic, relevant information that is clearly presented. The backup web site is very nicely done too.
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