If you like your Burgundy then certainly you are aware of Burghound.com, the all Burgundy website started by Allen Meadows in 2001. Allen spends over four months each year in Burgundy and visits more than 30 domaines during his visits. It is an understatement to say he knows Burgundy. Burghound.com was the first website and publication I know of that is devoted exclusively to covering a specific wine region. Perhaps most amazing is the exhaustive coverage Burghound gives to Burgundy.
If you have hung around this site at all you also know of our fondness for Cellartracker. Eric Levine started Cellartracker for himself in 2003 as a means to track and record his cellar. Some of his buddies asked if they could join in and if they could all share information with one another about their wines. The real beauty of Cellartracker was born out of that first sharing and now CT is, in my opinion, the best wine cellar tracking and tasting notes tool for a wine community that exists today.
Anyway, the purpose of my brief intro to these two wine related web sites and wine fanatics is to share with the readers of PTC that these two have formed a partnership. An exciting partnership in our eyes. Direct from Eric's email to the Cellartracker Community here are the details:
I am incredibly pleased to announce a partnership with Allen Meadows. I have been doggedly pursing Allen for nearly five years, and over that time hundreds of mutual customers have expressed an interest in our potential collaboration. Good things are worth patience, and this is a very, very good thing. Allen needs little introduction among Burgundy lovers. He has been visiting the cellars of Burgundy for 30 years, and in 2001 he launched Burghound.com, a quarterly newsletter loaded with in-depth reviews of Burgundy producers and their wines. Now nearly 9 years later he has published 36 issues, more than 45,000 wine reviews and is even readying his first book, The Pearl of the Côte - The Great Wines of Vosne-Romanée. There is a saying in wine that all roads lead to Burgundy, and Allen has been instrumental in helping people explore the vinous treasures of this wonderful region. In addition, Burghound includes extensive coverage of US Pinot Noir and bi-annual reports on Champagne.
As has been the case with publications from Stephen Tanzer, John Gilman, Roy Hersh and others, Allen’s reviews, ratings and drinking window recommendations from Burghound.com are now directly integrated within CellarTracker for Burghound subscribers. If and when you subscribe to Burghound, with one simple login from CellarTracker, the reviews will automatically appear in your cellar management software. If you love Burgundy or are even just thinking about starting to learn more, I highly recommend this. One good bottle basically pays back your annual subscription, and the quality and depth of Allen’s tireless work is unmistakable.
Finally, I also want to extend a special thanks to the people who helped make this integration possible, Erica & Allen Meadows who made time amidst their travels and in the middle of self publishing their book, the wonderful Burghound.com database developer Randy Resnick, Marc Lazar of CellarAdvisors and finally Andrew Hall (a fellow CellarTracker user) who helps me incredibly with the CellarTracker database of wine definitions.