In 2002, this site started life. Long before the word 'blog' was widespread, wine-lines.com was really just that - a chance for me to explore my thoughts and views about the world of wine in its widest form, online. It's taken a while to get back online, but here we are again. Welcome.
Slicing the price of wine

Slicing the price of wine

The price of alcohol is all over the news this week in the UK, with the wine trade – and the average wine drinker – feeling rather embattled by the rise in prices. On Wednesday, the budget was announced, with the government adding 5% to alcohol duty and taking the...
Poetry on a bottle

Poetry on a bottle

Through history, wine has certainly inspired plenty of poetry, and Robert Louis Stevenson even said that ”wine is bottled poetry”, but it’s worth noting when a new piece of poetry is written about wine itself. Carol Ann Duffy, the Poet Laureate – effectively the UK’s official poet to the nation...
Wine Cams

Wine Cams

Sitting at your office desk on a rainy Monday morning, what could be better than seeing how the day looks in a few vineyards around the world? Here’s a list of winery and vineyard webcams, so you can see for yourself what the weather’s doing, how the vines are growing,...
Scotland: Multibuy drinks deals banned

Scotland: Multibuy drinks deals banned

On October 1st, new legal measures on the sale of alcohol came into force in Scotland. Consumers and retailers now have to adjust to legislation that bans multi-buy discounts, places strict limitations on the promotion of alcohol in and around stores, and imposes a ‘Challenge 25′ age verification policy as...
Brescia-bound: Wine & Classic Cars

Brescia-bound: Wine & Classic Cars

An enthusiasm for wine and a love of classic cars may not at first appear to have much in common, but for me they embody many of the same qualities. Next month, I’m travelling to Brescia in Northern Italy for the European Wine Bloggers Conference. I’m much looking forward to...
Phylloxera - the English connection

Phylloxera – the English connection

In the middle of the nineteenth century, a tiny insect arrived in Europe, uninvited and unnoticed, transported alongside shipments of American grape vines from the eastern United States. Soon it was to receive a name: Phylloxera vastatrix. It devastated a huge proportion of the world’s vineyards in the decades to...
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Wine Cams: Weingut Stockingerhof, Wachau, Austria

This webcam looks out at the village of Duernstein in the heart of the Wachau Valley, from the hotel of Weingut Stockingerhof. Website: www.stockingerhof.com   Webcam location: View Larger Map

Wine Cams: Oberkirch, Wurttemberg, Germany

This webcam looks across at the ruins of Schauenburg Castle, near the town of Oberkirch in the Wurttemberg region of Germany, and the neat vineyard terraces that radiate down the hill below. Website: www.oberkirch.de   Webcam location: View Larger Map

Wine Cams: Bonair Winery, Yakima Valley, Washington State

The Yakima Valley looking Northwest toward Elephant Mountain. The east-west rows are Chardonnay. The field beyond is  Cabernet Sauvignon and Riesling. Website: www.bonairwine.com   Webcam location: View Larger Map

Wine Cams: Laibach Vineyards, Stellenbosch, South Africa

This cam is in Stellenbosch, on the Simonsberg slopes. It’s just 10 kilometres from the town of Stellenbosch. The cam looks out over parts of the estate and on to Table Mountain. I’ve watched some great sunsets on this webcam. Website: www.laibachwines.com   Webcam location: View Larger Map

Wine Cams: Napa Valley, California, USA

This view in St. Helena looks across a vineyard growing cabernet sauvignon grapes. Trees in the distance surround the town of St. Helena while the 1,000 foot Vaca Mountains rise in the distance. Website: www.wineviews.com/webcam (NB – The webcam image below disappears completely in the hours of Napa darkness)   Webcam location: View Larger Map...

Wine Cams: Tuki Vineyards, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand

This view is facing north, from Havelock North across Hawke’s Bay to the Kaweka Forest mountains approximately 50km away. This page updates automatically every couple of minutes from dawn until dusk NZ time. Website: www.tuki.co.nz   Webcam location: View Larger Map