The merchants and importers listed here are subscribers to drinkrhone.com who are happy to have a link set up, even if they have no website!!
http://aubergeduvin.com/ The Auberge du Vin is a wine school at Mazan, home of one of the better Co-operatives and some successful estates such as the Domaine des Anges in the Ventoux. It is run by Linda Field and Christopher Hunt, Linda having worked as a WSET (the official training ground, in fact it often precedes people going on to being MWs) teacher and educator in London before setting up in the Rhône in the mid-2000s. +33(0)490 61 62 84, 384 chemin de la Peyrière, 84380 Mazan. Linda is friendly, enthusiastic and a warm welcome is guaranteed. Rooms are provided, natch.
http://rhonewineholidays.com/ Ah, what it is to escape, échapper, which is what Philip and Jude Reddaway did when setting up their La Madelène Rhone Wine Holidays venture in 2007. Philip had been director of a global media company in London, and Jude had taught law at University. They renovated an 8-room twelfth century priory between Entrechaux and Malaucène in Ventoux country, and run residential wine tours from there. Much is their enthusiasm for the wines of the Southern Rhône. Philip is a WSET qualified wine tutor. Guests receive "light" wine education on site, private visits to meet, talk and taste with many vignerons, and get to drink the wines as an accompaniment to Jude`s Provencal cooking or the menus from selected local restaurants. Guests looking for just a B&B stay at La Madelene can take rooms by the night, for which there is a separate web-site of http://www.bighouseinprovence.com/
BRADLEY ALAN IMPORTS, 347 Fifth Avenue #1012, New York NY 10016 +1 917 476 7578, +1212 679 5775, fax +1212 679 3366: Bradley Cohen is a longtime Rhône Fidele and ships CAIRANNE LES HAUTES CANCES, CROZES-HERMITAGE DOMAINE DES HAUTS CHASSIS, and, since the 2010 vintage, ROAIX & RASTEAU from the talented OLIVIER TROPET at DOMAINE PIQUE BASSE and the wines of JULIEN PILON, whose range of whites is very good - JULIEN is listed under SAINT-JOSEPH.
http://www.provencefoodandwine.com/ Mary Dowey is a slim Irish lady who visits restaurants a lot. Voila, c`est bien. As I was born in Ireland, I approve of her instincts to seek out small growers and interesting diners. Restaurants, food shops, wine domaines, markets are all covered. In comparison to my site, it is very jazzily illustrated - lots of colour. Allez, Maria.
http://www.europacellars.com.au/ EUROPA CELLARS is an enthusiastic importer and seller of small domaine wines in Melbourne, Australia - the sort of business run by dedicated people that should be protected from the cruel winds of Big Business. SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL STORE! They are strong on Châteauneuf-du-Pape - names such as Beaurenard, Charvin, Barroche, Pegau, Villeneuve, Château Mont-Redon, Vieux Télégraphe and Clos des Papes have featured in their recent offers. There is a decent sprinkling of organic estates, so lovers of those wines, please note that. Domaine du Vieux Chêne from the Plan de Dieu Côtes du Rhône Villages, Montirius from Vacqueyras, the good old STGT, funky Hautes Cances from Cairanne are other southern names. In the north, Combier at Crozes-Hermitage and Matthieu Barret Domaine du Coulet at Cornas feature. John Lamb of Europa tells me: "we tend to favour smaller family owned estates where the emphasis is on quality and innovation, while reflecting the terroir of the appellation." C`est bon, très correct. Europa Cellars are at 150-152 Wellington Parade, East Melbourne, Vic 3002. Tel is +613 9417 7220, fax is +613 9417 7223, email is firstname.lastname@example.org