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Web sites that get it "right"
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Started this discussion. Last reply by tom merle May 7, 2009.


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a needed day of rest after harvesting in s. rhone. boy is my body beat
Status posted by Aimee M. Male Sep 29, 2009
tom merle replied to Aimee M. Male's discussion 'Web sites that get it "right"'
Stephen, As long as you are hampered by a clientele that doesn't have broadband, your site will be strictly utilitarian, lacking any real graphic interest. Which means the Western, more sophicated viewer will largely go missing IMO. You…
May 7, 2009
Tim Elliott replied to Aimee M. Male's discussion 'Web sites that get it "right"'
Wordpress is now powerful enough to do almost any site but Drupal is probably the best choice if you have special requirements Wordpress can't do (like ecommerce). The problem is you really can't administer Drupal yourself unless you spend…
May 7, 2009
Stephen Reiss replied to Aimee M. Male's discussion 'Web sites that get it "right"'
Decide for yourself how my website fits this criteria. I have recently revamped the site after asking for feedback form the OpenWine Consortium. I avoided taking some of the advice, partly because I am stubborn, and largely…
May 7, 2009
Estelle Platini replied to Aimee M. Male's discussion 'Web sites that get it "right"'
Search engine websites (such as Google and Yahoo!) deal with spelling errors to some extent. You can use their results on you own site. This is called a custom search engine. It is free for use but adds a few milliseconds when your website calls the…
May 7, 2009
Aimee M. Male replied to Aimee M. Male's discussion 'Web sites that get it "right"'
tom, "Doing" is a strong verb, esp. considering the current economic climate...we've got a very solid proposal in hand (using mostly MSFT based tech) but right now priorities are elsewhere -- like getting people interested in buying…
May 6, 2009
tom merle replied to Aimee M. Male's discussion 'Web sites that get it "right"'
Aimee, What did you end doing...?
May 5, 2009
Ian Griffith replied to Aimee M. Male's discussion 'Web sites that get it "right"'
Gary, any plans to include pricing on or from other retailers in addition to Vinfolio?
May 5, 2009

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North Berkeley Imports
About my company:
Pushing three decades in the wine trade, North Berkeley Imports is still finding unique, handcrafted wines and bringing them to discerning wine lovers in the U.S. Our stomping grounds are France, Italy and Chile. Our passion is not for well-known labels that let boys brag with other boys, but well-made bottles that deliver serious pleasure.

Point scores are of no interest. Neither are the "must-haves" or the "hottest things." Real people, natural wines, vinous pleasure.
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Retailer, Media
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Apartment: Berlin. Hometown: San Francisco. Wish I was right now: Naples.
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About Me:
I'm a San Francisco native, recovering technology journalist, relative wine newbie, dedicated Net geek and recent(ish) Berlin transplant.
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At 5:05pm on February 2, 2009, Remy Charest said…
Hi Aimee,

Nice portfolio, you have there. I do a bit of importing in Quebec, Canada, with Insolite Imports, a private imports agency.


Just in case you're interested, here are a few wineries I've learned about that you might find interesting:

Jean-Philippe Padié, a small biodynamic producer making superb, mineral, bright wines that travel well:

Castello di Butrio, in Veneto. Their pignolo, a rare native grape, is stunning, and their whites beautifully refreshing:

In Chile, Clos Ouvert, made by a couple of Frenchmen who worked with Marcel Lapierre, in Beaujolais. They even produce a 100% pais cuvée: (french only)

No vested interest in pointing these out. We actually aren't importing any of them. Just stuff I love. You can look at our portfolio, and if you're curious about anything, let me know.

If you have any suggestions for the Canadian market, don't hesitate!
At 1:31pm on January 15, 2009, Joel Vincent said…
Sorry for the typo. I'm feeling out on the iPhone version of OWC. :-)
At 1:30pm on January 15, 2009, Joel Vincent said…
Welome Aimee! Looking forward to your contributions!


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