Winesearcher can find and sort wines by location and price at the click of a button, potentially saving hours of research.

Many people will use the site for little more than its single main purpose: searching for a wine and taking away the resulting stockist and pricing information. To do this is very easy indeed as the wine search form is dead-centre on the homepage, and is repeated at the top of the search results page, allowing you to easily search again. However, there are a couple of other features to the site including wine links and book sales pages. Links to these appear at the foot of the homepage.

Load speeds are very good considering the site is driven by a very large database. It is clearly well designed and cleverly programmed to make the process as speedy as possible.

WHAT'S ON OFFER

Winesearcher is a very neat and extremely useful service. They have no wines for sale themselves, but can help solve the difficulties of finding stockists of particular fine wines. The service is free and easy to use, and claims to be the most powerful wine search available. Winesearcher signs up reputable fine wine dealers around the world who place their stock lists into Winesearcher's database. When the consumer comes along looking for a bottle of 1961 Château Latour, he or she simply types the name into Winesearcher, specifies the country and currency required, and awaits a list of all stockists together with price and contact details. If the stockist has a website, a link is provided. It is simple to see at a glance who stocks what, and wines are sorted by price (lowest first).

With around 150,000 wines in the database there is almost no fine wine that is unavailable. There’s no doubt this represents a fantastic resource for the specialist wine lover or collector. Although obviously not all merchants are listed, it includes some of the biggest and most respected names in the business. Using Winesearcher you could save yourself a cool grand on a bottle of 100 year old Château d'Yquem. It returned three stockists, whose prices ranged from £1,700 to £2,550! On a more modest level, a test search on a decent 1995 claret produced several stockists and prices ranging from £33 to £47 — all for the same wine, in the UK.

OTHER FEATURES

Our merchants is a huge list of links to, and contact details for, the several hundred merchants worldwide who are on winesearcher’s books. It’s very handy if you're visiting New York and want to take in a little wine shopping, but also useful for finding UK specialist merchants.

Wine Books is nothing more than a list of recently published books with a direct link to buy the book from Amazon.

Fine Wine Links is a short but carefully selected list of sites, mostly of an educational and non-commercial nature with brief reviews.