www.thewinegang.com is launched today by five of the UK's most respected wine critics:
• Olly Smith of BBC1's Saturday Kitchen
• Tom Cannavan of wine-pages.com
• Anthony Rose of The Independent
• Joanna Simon of The Sunday Times
• Tim Atkin MW of The Observer.
www.thewinegang.com is a revolutionary new online publication that unites five of the UK’s top wine communicators in a common mission: to sniff out the best wines in the UK.
A free trial membership is available until October 31st 2008 offering full, unrestricted access.
The idea behind The Wine Gang is simple: the UK has the best selection of the world's wines, which are shown by retailers in tastings restricted to the press and wine trade. Given the limited coverage wine receives in the media, The Wine Gang were frustrated because so much valuable information on fascinating wines never reached the consumer.
Now, Wine Gang members will have access to real insider information on the latest wines available on UK shelves, from supermarkets and chains, to independent merchants and online specialists. A comprehensive monthly report will feature at least 200 no-nonsense tasting notes covering not only the good and the great, but the bad and the ugly too. Every wine is ranked on a 100-point scale, empowering wine lovers to buy smarter and drink better.
Wine Gang members can view the monthly report online, print it or download it. They can also search a powerful database of wines by retailer, price, wine name, score or vintage.
Each month there is exclusive editorial to summarise the month of tastings, and the Gang will announce its Bunch of Fives:
5 Greatest - the cream of the month's tastings
5 Best Value - over-performers for their price
5 To Lay Down - serious contenders for your wine collection
5 Shockers - pulling no punches, the worst wines of the month
5 of the Moment - an ever-changing topical category
The Wine Gang is 100% independent and draws together a wealth of tasting experience from the press, the internet and TV. It offers a breadth of opinion, enthusiasm and analysis.
The Wine Gang has set its annual membership at just £19.99. That’s less than 39p per week, which will soon be saved by never again wasting money on disappointing wines. A six-month membership at £11.99 and a three-month membership at £6.99 are also available.
Subscribe at www.thewinegang.com
Tim Atkin is a Master or Wine and the wine correspondent of The Observer and Wine Editor at Large of Off Licence News, a position which means he never has to sit at a desk for more than three hours. He also writes for Wine & Spirit, Woman and Home, The World of Fine Wine and Intelligent Life. He appears on the BBC's Saturday Kitchen and has contributed to a number of books. Tim has judged wines all over the world and is co-chairman of the International Wine Challenge. Each winter he spends a disproportionate amount of time in the Southern Hemisphere.
Tom Cannavan has published his wine-pages.com online magazine since 1995. Despite rumours that he exists only in cyber space, Tom is also a successful journalist and wine judge, writing for titles including World of Fine Wine and Decanter, and contributing to The Wine Report. He is columnist for I-On Glasgow and I-On Edinburgh magazines, and has written for The Independent and Sunday Times. Tom judges at the world's major wine competitions, from Australia to Argentina, and is living proof that even 6'1" Glaswegians like delicate wines.
Anthony Rose is the wine correspondent of The Independent. He also teaches at Leiths School of Food & Wine. As a competition judge, Anthony has tasted his way through Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Chile, California, Japan and France. In the UK, he chairs a panel for the Decanter World Wine Awards, gives wine talks and contributes to the World of Fine Wine, Wine Report and the Oxford Companion to Wine. In his spare time, Anthony is a happy snapper but since he’s married to a photographer, has to watch his step.
Joanna Simon is The Sunday Times wine writer and an international competition judge. She contributes to Decanter and a magnum of other publications and is a former editor of Wine & Spirit and Wine. Her books include Wine An Introduction, Discovering Wine, and Wine with Food (which involved years of strenuous eating and drinking). She presented the BBC Radio 4 series The Bottle Uncorked. The low-point of her television career was tasting vodka. Whenever she can she escapes to France - which explains her hate-love relationship with Ryanair.
Olly Smith rocks out on telly with wine, mainly for Saturday Kitchen (BBC1) and Richard and Judy. He presents 'Cheers from Chile,' a 13-part, coast to coast wine TV series in the USA and enjoys roaring around food festivals in loud trousers, hosting The F Word Live and the Taste Theatre in London. Olly writes a column for Wine & Spirit magazine and contributes to Men's Health amongst others. He also judges wine competitions, but when his heat-seeking nostrils are taking a rest, he loves his garden best of all.
Editors please note:
1. A corporate trade membership of The Wine Gang is available to wine businesses priced at £200 per annum. Corporate membership allows multiple employees of the business to access www.thewinegang.com, and it allows the business to make use of unlimited Wine Gang tasting notes in their marketing materials.
2. On September 8th 2008 in London two of The Wine Gang received awards at the ‘Oscars’ of the wine world, The Louis Roederer International Wine Writers’ Awards. Tom Cannavan was named as International Online Wine Writer of the Year, and Anthony Rose was named as International Wine Columnist of the Year.
3. A free trial membership of The Wine Gang is available until October 31st 2008 offering full, unrestricted access.
4. HIGH RESOLUTION IMAGES ARE AVAILABLE, AND ALL MEMBERS OF THE WINE GANG ARE AVAILABLE FOR INTERVIEW.
For further information contact:
0141 576 4958
0771 283 3393
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