I don’t really even know why you’re here but you are, so welcome to the ride of your life.

Honestly, this is the most exciting thing you’ll have read this week… if all you’ve read is privacy policies because quite frankly, there is no way to jazz this snore fest up.

OK so, I – the person behind Whinge Whinge Wine – believe very strongly in keeping your personal information confidential. So confidential I don’t even want to know it and probably wouldn’t even know how to access it if I tried. However, because I have to write something in order to be compliant, the following world salad describes what information is collected when you visit this website and how it is used and shared.

Long haired stock photo woman is also bored of Privacy Policies

Long haired stock photo woman is also bored of Privacy Policies

What information is collected?

This website, Whinge Whinge Wine, collects as little information as possible from users who post comments. It will typically collect a name (real or made up your choice amigo), your personal website if you like, and e-mail address.

If you don’t want to leave your details then don’t. No pressure. It’s always nice to get comments but not if it’s going to stress you out dude.

I don’t use this for anything, unless it’s a really nice comment and then you might go on my Christmas card list.

Cookies / IP address tracking

Whinge Whinge Wine, like every other website on the interwebs, uses cookies to uniquely identify users for the purpose of log files, posting comments, and potentially other stuff like voting on the site. That’s pretty much how websites work, and if you don’t like it then it’s not really my fault, sorry. Maybe consider reading a book instead?

I don’t keep any personal information, cookies are simply a way to identify your computer and not to identify you which I wouldn’t want to do even if I could. Let’s keep the mystique.

With whom information is shared

None of your information will be shared with anyone else unless specifically required, i.e. to arrange delivery of competition prizes, because not being able to do that would quite frankly be stupid.

I’m not going to randomly start emailing you, I don’t have the time or the inclination to do this. If you sign up for blogs by email then that’s all you’re going to get, because it’s automatic and I don’t have to have any involvement. I don’t have an email list, quite honestly I don’t need the extra work.

Opting out

Let’s imagine that I suddenly have a lot of time on my hands and decide to start sending out newsletters or something, and somehow I have your email address on file, and somehow you receive a copy.

If this angers you beyond all belief then you can press the big old unsubscribe which will be at the bottom of the hypothetical email. Don’t worry about hurting my feelings, your inbox is more important.

Third party advertising

I have third party adverts on my site (it has to pay for itself somehow), and that third party may use non-personally identifiable information (e.g., IP addresses, click stream information, browser type, time and date, subject of advertisements clicked or scrolled over) during your visits to this and other web sites in order to provide advertisements about goods and services likely to be of greater interest to you.

These companies typically use a cookie or third party web beacon to collect this information.

Again, all very standard, and not something I can advise you on, but if you need to know then visit networkadvertising.org to find out what it’s all about and how to opt out of this.

Google Analytics

This site – again like most others you’ll visit – uses Google Analytics. I know what you’re reading, for how long, and where in the world you are (or could do, if I was better at this type of thing). I can even tell your age (you’re probably between 25 and 44) and your gender (you’re probably a woman). However I can’t identify you, so don’t worry. Crack on.


For information about how I make money from this blog, you might want to check out this post which explains it.

Amazon Associates Disclosure

Whinge Whinge Wine is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.co.uk.

In English: If and when I remember to link to Amazon products, if you click and buy them, I will get a small amount of money to spend on Amazon. Hurrah! It does not affect the price that you pay and it makes me happy, so why not eh?.

If you would like to help me out, use this link to shop at Amazon and help me pay my hosting fees!


I also use Skimlinks affiliate links on this site which means when you click and make a purchase from some of the links, I will get a small percentage without affecting your user experience or the price you pay.

Reviews and sponsored posts

Where I have been sent a PR sample free for review, have been given free tickets for something or have been paid to write a post, I will always endeavour to make this clear in the post itself.

Where links have been paid for by a company or brand, this will be marked as sponsored links or collaborative.

If editorial control has been passed to a brand, for example where I have been paid to write about a topic and to include specific details, or where the brand has had the final say on copy, this will be disclosed as advertorial.

Competition terms

Please refer to the individual Gleam widget for specific T&Cs. 

By entering any of my prize draws you are accepting these terms and conditions.

The specified number of winners will be drawn by random selection from entrants who have met the specified criteria (eg. those that have re-tweeted and followed) after the competition end date.

No purchase is necessary.

The winner will be selected at random and contacted within a week of competition close.

The prize is as stated. The prize is non-transferable and there is no cash alternative.

This competition is open to UK residents over the age of 18 only unless otherwise stated.

Should we be unable to contact the winner, or should the winner be unable to confirm their acceptance of the prize within 3 days of contacting them, we reserve the right to award the prize to an alternative winner.

In order to receive their prize, the winner is required to provide their full name and address (and possibly phone number, dependent on the method of dispatch) which will be provided to the brand supplying the prize.

Unless stated, the prize is provided by a third party brand and not by Whinge Whinge Wine.