Friends. We’ve all got them and here are a couple of mine, whose wine websites are invaluable sources of information, great writing, humour and reliably chosen high quality wines to beat a path to.

Needless to say, the list will grow. Watch this space.

The Cellar 

Drink in the romance of Italy and wines from all over the world from this new online wine store, which is the brainchild of Aucklander Connal Finlay, who completed the exacting Wine & Spirit Education Trust Diploma this year and then promptly embarked on a chemistry degree at the University of Auckland – and opened this online store.

www.timatkin.com/

Tim Atkin is one of my favourite writers for his great turn of phrase, dry wit and insightful thoughts on wine – and life. He is a writer, journalist and Master of Wine in the UK.

jancisrobinson.com 

The online home to the global queen of wine writing, Jancis Robinson, Master of Wine and editor (with fellow MW Julia Harding) of the Oxford Companion to Wine – also known to many wine lovers as the wine bible, and it must be at least as well read too, if not more so.