Friday, May 8, 2009

Cork Savvy

CORKSAVVY.COM, the Comprehensive Free Web Site Dedicated to Making Wine Approachable for Everyone, Announces New and Improved Features and Design


Now Wine Lovers of All Stripes Can:
Learn More about Wine via Articles and Interviews;
Keep Track of Wines They Own or Like with a Handy E-Cellar;
Search Wineries and Bottles around the World

And: Users Can Interact with the Site from Mobile Devices and Facebook

CORKSAVVY.COM, a leading web site that offers educational resources and interactive tools to help its visitors get savvy about wine, announces its newly enhanced site today. CorkSavvy is a free, one-stop resource for everyone from casual wine drinkers to obsessive collectors. The updated site's features include all of the following:

* E-Cellar & Wine Journal: The E-Cellar & Wine Journal section of the site allows users to create a free "virtual wine cellar," where they can quickly catalog and organize wines that they own, like, or wish to buy. To add a bottle to the E-Cellar, users simply search CorkSavvy's database, find the wine they are looking for, and click "choose this bottle;" or they can quickly fill out an online form to add a bottle manually. What's more, wine lovers can upload photos of their bottles and write entries in a private Wine Journal to record the occasion or meal in which they enjoyed a bottle in their E-Cellar.

* Savvy Reporter: The editors at CorkSavvy, led by Editorial Director Jill Sloane, compose original feature articles about wine (in the section titled "Our Savvy Reporter"), recommend a great bottle every week ("Jill's Wine of the Week"), conduct interviews with winemakers and sommeliers, offer wine-and-food-pairing suggestions, and respond to questions from readers (in the popular "Ask CorkSavvy" column). Every week, these stories and tips are also sent to mailing list subscribers as part of the CorkSavvy Newsletter.

* Wine News: CorkSavvy's editorial team compiles the best wine-related articles and news items from around the world and posts a daily list of links to keep visitors in the know.

* Restaurant Wine Lists: For wine enthusiasts looking to enjoy a bottle at a restaurant in their own city or while traveling, CorkSavvy has, for the first time on the web, made the wine lists of 2,000 top restaurants around the world available in one place. In the "Restaurant Wine Lists" section, users can search by name and location, find a restaurant, and then simply click "View" to be directed to the wine list on the restaurant's own web site (thus ensuring that the information is as up-to-date as possible).

* Global Winery Directory: With the Global Winery Directory, users can search the world's wineries by name, country, region, and more. Each winery's profile includes contact information, a link to the web site, a list of wines produced, and special features like "Certified Organic." The comprehensive directory holds information on more than 3,500 wineries, increasing in number every day.

* Bottle Search: Getting more granular than the Global Winery Directory, the Bottle Search feature gives users access to detailed information on more than 20,000 individual bottles of wine. While through the Global Winery Directory you might look up and learn about a winery in general (e.g., "Cakebread Cellars), in the Bottle Search section you can search for a specific bottle (e.g., "Cakebread 2002 Merlot"). And in addition to finding vintage, region, and grape information for specific bottles, users can add those bottles directly to their E-Cellar with the click of a button (specifically, the "Add to Cellar" button).

* Mobile Capabilities and Facebook: CorkSavvy's robust collection of features is available to wine lovers who are on the move, too. By using the mobile version of CorkSavvy on their cell phones and other mobile devices, users can access all of the site's content, including the E-Cellar application, from anywhere. In fact, users can even snap a photo of a bottle with an iPhone (or any camera phone), email it to CorkSavvy, and then it will be available for use in their E-Cellars. Recognizing the social function of wine, CorkSavvy has also created a Facebook application that allows users to update, share, and comment on the contents of their E-Cellars from right within Facebook. In the short time that the CorkSavvy Facebook application has been available, more than 5,000 Facebook users have downloaded it.

* Events Calendar: Since getting savvy about wine also requires oenophiles to step away from the keyboard and taste some juice, CorkSavvy offers a calendar of noteworthy wine-related events around the world.

CorkSavvy's founder and Editorial Director, Jill Sloane (pictured below), is a wine writer, wine enthusiast, and graduate of the French Culinary Institute in New York City, where she received both a Culinary Degree and Wine Certificate. "I created CorkSavvy as a great tool for all wine lovers--whether they're just getting interested in the grape or have been longtime aficionados," Sloane said. "And with the updated version of the site, we are thrilled to be offering an even wider array of resources and applications to help people get savvy about wine. CorkSavvy is now a one-stop destination for everyone who enjoys wine--not to mention, it's free."



To see all of CorkSavvy's wine resources visit, www.CorkSavvy.com.

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