AUSTRALIAN WINE | NEW ZEALAND WINE | WINE COMMUNITY | WINE SOCIAL NETWORK
If you are a wine enthusiast or interested in learning more about the wine in your glass, particularly if you are interested in Australian wine or New Zealand wine, then you should take a look at what the internet has to offer for wine fans. In particular look out for wine social networks which allow you to access great offers when you buy wine online and create a community for people with a shared interest. You can purchase wines from a wide range of specially selected, high quality wine makers, get some tips online from other customers or even visit wine tasting events organised by the online community.
A wine social network is an internet community created for those with a shared passion for all things wine. It allows you to buy wine online with great discounts, have access to rare and vintage wines, read reviews on products and services from other customers, review wines you have tasted, chat on online forums, receive newsletters and join niche groups for wines that you are particularly interested in (champagne or dessert wines for example). Wine communities also often taste wines themselves, selecting only the best to offer to their customers. They allow you to get your hands on speciality brands, rare and vintage wines and new releases.
The sense of community created within a wine social network is great: you can make a unique user profile and chat online in groups with fellow enthusiasts. This is often the best way to find out information about the products that the wine networks are offering. Fellow customers will give you information and reviews about the products they have sampled. For example the newest group on boozemonkey.com is "sparkling Shiraz lovers" - so you can really get into your speciality wines.
Joining an online wine community will allow you to communicate with other wine enthusiasts, and even talk to the winemakers themselves. There are discussion boards which not only let you chat with other wine-lovers but which are also good sources for advice and tips. The communities also provide activities, meetings and wine tasting: for example, BoozeMonkey (an Australian wine social network) allows you to attend themed Australian wine tasting sessions free of charge, they help you find local events and allow you to sign up on their website. Laithwaites (a UK network) put on special events for their club members, such as gourmet dinners and exclusive wine festivals. The wine tastings and events organised by wine social networks provide great opportunities to not only sample wines, but to meet the winemakers and mix with fellow customers around the country.
With the accessibility of the internet, buying wine online is a really simple, stress free way to shop, so why not combine your shopping experience with extending your interests? Online wine communities are an interesting, easy and fun way to pursue your hobby, opening you up to new products and friends that you probably wouldn't find from visiting the alcohol aisle of your local supermarket... important things, such as sampling the wine you have purchased!