Thursday, December 14, 2006

We're Live!

Well, it finally happened, we went live. If you’re reading this then you should know what we're talking about. Feel free to check us out as we are officially open for business. We have included our Editors' Letter to give you an idea of what it’s all about or you can go to and take a tour. If for some reason you see the blog ( after typing in our URL make sure you clear your browser's cache.

We are still speaking in a whisper about the site but we wanted to offer our loyal blog readers something for your interest and loyalty — for sticking with us through thick and thin. Sign up before the end of December 2006 and receive $10 off of the annual subscription price of $79.95 or $20 off of the already discounted two year subscription rate of $139.95 (your best value.) Just enter the code DTGSBLOG10 (for a 1 year subscription) or DTGSBLOG20 (for a 2 year subscription) when you subscribe. Not sure you are ready to commit? Jump in and grab our 3 month subscription and get your feet wet.

Remember it makes a great gift for the wine lover that has everything! :)


The Bon Vivant Wine Guide Staff

Editors' Letter

December 2006
Welcome to the Bon Vivant Wine Guide!

Well, like a thief in the night, we snuck in and flipped the switch to The Bon Vivant Wine Guide. This project has been a long time coming and we hope you like what you see. Remember, the Guide has been planned as a next generation, independent, wine research website focused on Bordeaux and California. There is a lot of information available to you and we tried to make navigation as intuitive as possible. Thankfully, there are no ads to distract you from the wine. Just the way we like it.

The website has been designed along the lines of a magazine with major updates scheduled monthly. Some things you can expect to see include an updated table of contents where you can navigate to any current item in the site. If you are lost just click on our logo and you are right back to the start.

As much as we like to say we are designed like a magazine, we still leverage the power of a website. There is a universal keyword search with specialized results, link through navigation for ease of cross referencing and a virtual cellar to keep track of wines you find on the site.

In our first issue, we have brought you over 90 Cabernet and Merlot based wines from Bordeaux, California and Tuscany as well as some site basics, wine news, monthly best buys and cellar buys, and your very own personal sommelier-- and that is just part of the site!

Remember, things are new and we are still kicking the tires so be sure to let us know if you find anything out of whack. We have our development team working on some issues we’ve found, but we need your input as well. This is your site and we will do everything to make it right.

Looking forward to next month, we are breaking open the dam. With 300+ California wines from 2003 up on deck, you can be sure you will be in the know. Don’t worry; there will also be more Bordeaux and some new sections to wet your whistle.

What else can you expect from us in the future? Along with some tweaks to the system, you can expect more functionality like an advanced “drop down” search to help you filter out what you want so you can get what you need, more interactivity with Bon Vivant Radio and the print edition coming online, and more wine from deep Bordeaux verticals to vintage wine updates to California finds.

We expect to grow and improve with every issue and we hope you come along with us for the best wine ride in town!

Please, let us know what you think!

Jen & Taylor

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