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January 12, 2024

The World of Fine Wine tasting-note database: Help us build the best tool possible

The World of Fine Wine is asking readers to help shape an exciting new launch.

By The World of Fine Wine Team

These are exciting times for The World of Fine Wine. As we celebrate our 20th anniversary, we are preparing a significant new addition to our stable of award-winning wine content—a fully searchable online tasting-note database.

Over the past 20 years, and 82 issues, we have amassed thousands of detailed notes, written by authoritative individual tasters in our annual en primeur reports and Preview and Review sections, as well as by distinguished regular participants in our panel tastings (most of them conducted “single blind,” under the distinctive protocol devised by our contributing editor Andrew Jefford). Our fixed panel of acknowledged specialists and experienced generalists includes ten Masters of Wine and a former World Champion Sommelier.

We’ve been working on a way to digitize these notes into a searchable online tasting-note database, but before we launch, we are asking valued readers for their feedback and input to ensure we offer the most useful and valuable tool possible.

We would warmly welcome your feedback, so do please follow this link to our survey, which takes 5 minutes to complete. You may choose to remain anonymous but participants who provide contact details will be among the first to be offered access to the tasting-note database, and all responses will be securely stored in line with our data privacy policy.

“Tasting notes have always been a vital part of the editorial mix here at The World of Fine Wine, and, as with everything we publish, we have always set out to have notes that are informative, authoritative, and, crucially, engaging to read,” said WFW editor, Neil Beckett.

“Over the years, we have been lucky to have some of the best exponents of this deceptively difficult art form contributing to the magazine, and their collective work has created an immensely valuable record of individual fine wines, over a number of vintages, from all over the world.

“All of us here at WFW are excited to share this ever-expanding resource with our valued readers in the best way we can, and we look forward to hearing from as many of you as possible.”

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