Criterion Wine Tours is the official wine tour partner of Hertfordshire Wine School. Friendly, informative and great value trips to Champagne, Chile, South Africa, Porto, Madeira and more, led by wine educator Christos Ioannou.
Auberge du Vin in the Southern Rhone for B&B, wine education courses and wine tours of the regions. Owned and operated from a beautiful, converted eighteenth Century farmhouse by English wine educator Lind Field.
Winestoragecompany.co.uk provides a range of wine cabinets and coolers, in various sizes, for anyone who needs to keep wine in perfect condition at home.
Local wine sellers
Flagship Wines, 417 Hatfield Road, St Albans
Thirty Nine 10, 23 George Street, St Albans
Cellar Door Wines, Verulam Industrial Estate, London Road, St Albans
Wine Rack, 52 High Street, Harpenden
Majestic Wine, Beech Road, St Albans and Fairlands Way, Stevenage
The Wine Society - based in Stevenage and one of the leading on-line wine retailers in the UK. Life membership costs just £40
Naked Wines - on line retailer supporting independent producers who are selected based upon the ratings received by Naked's consumers and 'Angels'.
General on-line help
www.jancisrobinson.com - from one of the most well-respected experts in the wine profession. A prolific website with free access and members' pages. Completely independent source of news, views and opinion on wine with a bit of food and travel thrown in, plus a database of over 100,000 tasting notes
eRobertParker.com - one of the worlds most influential wine critics - an independent consumer's guide to fine wines
www.winefolly.com - great resource for wine knowledge all laid out in an attractive and accessible style
www.wine-pages.com - a comprehensive UK wine portal
www.thewinedoctor.com - Chris Kissack is a medic with a passion for wine
www.decanter.com - one of the best monthly magazines in the UK, full of useful and in-depth information on wines, regions and all the latest news.
Great Venues and other useful stuff
The County Club in St Albans - conveniently situated, flexible meeting space for seminars, functions, celebrations and other events
The Salisbury Arms Hotel in Hertford - town centre hotel, pub and restaurant with meeting and function room for hire
The Big House Comapny - country house accommodation in beautiful Somerset for weddings, family celebrations and house party weekends with friends
Jaspers in Luton - friendly one-stop shop for hire of all your catering and banqueting needs
The Choccie Drop - chocolate-making parties for children and grown-ups. What's not to like?
The Cheesemonger - see Martijn every Wednesday and Saturday at St Albans Market for an unrivalled range of British and European cheeses