A TASTE OF THE GRAPE, BUT WHICH?
Hosting a dinner party? Cooking for two? Serving white wine with fish is one thing, but for flounder do you choose the Chablis, Grand Cru or the Puligny-Montrachet Chardonnay?
The online version of the Wine Navigator, posted by Doug Hexter, author of a book by the same name, will walk the uncertain entertainer through the basic choices. Tell the Wine Navigator what type of food you'll be eating and it will offer a list of suggestions, which can be narrowed based on color and price. The Navigator also gives a brief lesson, geared toward the novice rather than the expert, in vino know-how. So serve the squid, without offending the wine connoisseur.
-- TONY SIMIONE
WELCOME & SPEEDERS BEWARE
New to the area? When you key in your name, the Switchboard will give you phone numbers, addresses, and maps of neighbors, local restaurants, stores, businesses, and Web sites. You can find e-mail addresses and local discussion boards. And when you decide to drive to these locations, be sure to check out the Speedtrap Registry, which offers testimonials from drivers in every state and 36 countries, such as Andorra, Israel, Slovakia, and Ukraine. And Germany? No traps on the Autobahn!). The Registry includes information on the technology used, the makes and models of police cars, verbal maps as well as latitude/longitude, scanner frequencies, ticket prices, radar detector laws by state, and an organization that will help you fight tickets.
-- EDWARD MICKOLUS
GETTING THERE: The Wine Navigator, http://food.homearts.com/drinks/winen/00wnfd11.htm; The Switchboard, http://www.switchboard.com, and The Speedtrap Registry, http://www.speedtrap.com