Wine folly’s goal, as stated on their webpage, is to “simplify wine,” and they do just that with articles, graphics, and videos to help out the wine novice. They offer interesting infographics such as flavor profiles and wine aroma wheels, which makes the sometimes extremely intricate process of wine tasting make a little more sense. This blog was different from many other wine blogs I’ve seen in that it does not only focus on the taste but on informing the reader. With articles such as “Where Wine Flavors Come From: The Science of Wine Aromas” and a neat Wine Sweetness Chart, this blog is sure to delight both novice wine drinkers and veterans.
Founded in 2004, Vinography is a detailed, well-kept website that caters towards a well-educated market. Alder Yarrow, the founder, does reviews of every type of wine imaginable, along with a few other contributors. The writing is flowery, sometimes dense, and full of depth. Along with the wine reviews, you can also find reviews on restaurants and books, and a blog of Alder’s travels in wine country.
Dr. Vino headlines its page as “wine talk that goes down easy,” and I certainly have to agree. While other blogs may cater to a highly intellectual, almost snobby crowd, Dr. Vino is not afraid to speak to the masses. The page is filled with wine-related humor, stories, and, of course, reviews. It is a great page for anyone interested in wine but also hoping to glean information. One intriguing feature is its “Wine Map,” which shows you where to buy great bottles in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Paris. A handy little site with great potential!
Jamie Goode hosts this website and blog aimed at all types of wine lovers – whether they are just beginning their adventure or have been fans of vino for decades. He writes with precision, matter-of-factly and in detail about the wines he has discovered. He leaves no detail out and gives his honest opinion, even if his opinion is that the wine was not up to par. He always has a wealth of information posted in each article, and updates the website every day or so, giving his readers plenty of interesting new posts to keep them occupied.
Written and maintained by Jim Budd, this blog has many visuals, including photos of wine, tasting events, and people. The pictures help to establish the atmosphere and give the reader an idea of where the author was at the time. Jim is an avid wine lover who is constantly on the move and searching out new tastes. His posts are informative as well as humorous. I found it to be an interesting blog both for its opinions on wine and Jim’s own life events, which were sprinkled throughout.
Although some of the content on this website is only available by subscription, almost all of the blogs are free for anyone to peruse, which gives you a great idea of what you are getting into if you do decide to purchase. Jamessuckling.com reviews a variety of wines from all over the world, and also pairs them with meal choices and cigars. It has easy-to-find lists of “Top 100” of just about every category of wine possible. It does tend to focus on Bordeaux, Italy, and Asia, but delivers great, in-depth content for each location. Videos are included on many topics, so you won’t be short on ways to access the information.
The Wine Doctor
Jancis Robinson’s wine blog is much more than your typical website – with a slew of contributors (twelve, to be exact) and countless articles and links, the information contained in one place is enormous. You can sign up to a weekly newsletter or pay a monthly fee for exclusive wine reviews and extras. The page for “Tasting Notes” is equipped with a searching tool, making it easy to find new wines or explore reviews of your favorites. This feature, however, also requires membership to be fully functional.
Thewinedoctor.com operates almost as a dictionary of sorts, an all-in-one spot that includes a wine glossary, advice column, guide, and blog, among other aspects. If you are new to the site, you could easily spend hours perusing the mammoth amount of information already posted. A free account is required to log into the guides, but the blog is easy to navigate, succinct and well thought-out. Chris Kissack, the founder, is always on the move and attends many conventions and wine tastings. He offers all of his thoughts neatly and fully to try to convey as much information as possible to his readers.
Bigger than Your Head
The blog at Drinkster stood out to me for several reasons – first and foremost for its use of intriguing and unique cartoons throughout the articles. The blog is also written in a personal way, making you feel like you’re sitting down with an old friend and talking about your favorite wines. The author incorporates stories from his life, tying together his love of wine with aspects of his daily routine. It was easy to connect with his blog and to enjoy the content. It is updated regularly with compelling posts; a definite page to bookmark.
In his blog Bigger Than Your Head, Fredric Koeppel explores wines not only by their taste, but by their marketing and selling tactics, their pairing with different meals, and more. He attends many wine tasting events, most recently VINO 2015 in New York City, and reports back methodically about each one. His reviews are honest and critical, leaving the reader with a great impression of each wine and its merits and shortcomings. He pays special attention to wines and sellers without a lot of press, which is where he makes many of his greatest discoveries.
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The Wine Pages
The Hoosier Wine Cellar is based, as the name implies, in Indiana, and thus focuses on the surrounding area, offering ideas on day trips upcoming events, and more. While other blogs tend to hone in on the tasting of wines exclusively, Hoosier Wine Cellar gives more consideration to its local area and the wines that can be purchased there, as well as detailed lists of Wine Destinations outside of the Midwest. A compelling find for those who are interested in more than just Napa Valley and the most popular wines.
One of the most popular (and perhaps longest-running) wine websites is wine-pages.com, which was started in 1995 by Tom Cannavan. The page is fun to navigate, with frequently asked wine questions, notes from tastings, and quizzes, just to scratch the surface. One of the unique parts of this website is that it offers a free online wine appreciation course, which would be great for beginners. It also includes a forum where members can post questions about their favorite types of wines, their region, and more. I enjoyed looking through the many facets of this site, and can see it becoming a regular page that I check weekly.
David White’s blog, Terroirist, prides itself upon its consistency in posting an article every day, and sometimes even multiple posts in a day. With an arsenal of great contributors, the content is top-notch and incredibly valuable. It is easy to see that the authors have a passion not only for wine, but also for sharing their love of the drink and spreading the word to others. Terroirist also provides a list of favorite wine blogs and publications, interviews with wine makers, and more. It is a truly eclectic blog that never fails to entertain and inform.
Jeremy Parzen Ph.D. writes about Italian foods, wines, and culture in his blog “Do Bianchi” (which translates to two white wines). It is a specialized site producing articles specifically about all that Italy has to offer in these areas, and the focus of the blog is essential to its success. Parzen is able to translate Italian words for his readers and give insight into the customs that go along with Italian cuisine. His blog is informative as well as insightful.
The Wine Cellar Insider
Benito’s Wine Reviews
The Wine Cellar Insider is a “do it all” type of website. It has forums where members can chat about their favorite wines and pose questions to contributors. It also has a massive amount of wine profiles, ratings, photographs and more. One unique feature of this site is that it has interviews with chateau owners and winemakers, which is an added bonus that many other webpages devoted to wine do not have. They focus on Bordeaux wine but dabble in other areas as well, making it a well-rounded place to visit for any wine lover.
Ben Carter, located in Memphis, Tennessee, has been writing wine reviews for this webpage since 2005. He claims that he knew next to nothing upon starting this adventure, and has shared with his readership as he has grown. His blog is humble and down to earth, and he has and continues to try every type of wine possible. There is nothing he will turn down, which makes for some interesting reviews! He also has recently branched out and started reviewing other forms of alcohol, such as vodka, and posting cocktail recipes.
Wine Review Online
This website consists of several distinguished columnists in the wine field who publish on a weekly basis. They also offer a wine of the day. Their talents focus on wine reviews from all over the world and are well-crafted, informative, and concise. It is an easy web page to navigate, with a link to its archives covering a multitude of topics. It is a simple and yet highly effective page that covers all its bases and makes for an enjoyable read.
eRobertParker.com consists of a trifecta of articles, ratings, and news about wines. The articles and reviews are written by more than seven of today’s wine experts, including Robert Parker and Neal Martin. As founder of the bi-monthly newsletter, The Wine Advocate, Parker has a great reputation and outstanding following. His website serves to guide readers to all the facets of wine-loving that can possibly be compiled in one place. A subscription is required to access all of the information available. One of my favorite parts of this webpage was the “Weekly Wine Buys” page, which shows price, bottle size, merchant, location and more about several interesting wines. It is an easy way to start or improve upon a wine collection
On the Wine Trail in Italy
This website is aimed at “not so serious” wine drinkers, yet still contains a wealth of information for those who want it. The author, Joe Roberts, speaks in colloquial terms and doesn’t make anything sound too stuffy. He seems approachable, down-to-earth, and positive, and that is reflected in his writing. This blog is a great place for people who are new to wine tasting, or for a younger crowd. It also has links to almost every social media outlet – Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and more – which makes it a fun place to explore.
Alfonso Cevola, author of the blog titled “On the Wine Trail in Italy,” writes about Italian wine and culture, as well as wines in California and Texas. He regularly travels back and forth between the two continents, which gives an interesting contrast to his blog articles. He includes much more information than just his opinion on wines; he sometimes includes the day’s news, as well as his own personal trials. His list of archived articles is easy to search through and informative. I enjoyed reading his thoughts, as they are unique and applicable to many areas of life.
Prince of Pinot
Another Wine Blog
William Gaffney, the “Prince of Pinot,” has decided to dedicate his life and his website to his favorite type of wine. Geared exclusively towards lovers of pinot noir, this webpage offers a specialized look into the wine and its origins. He also has several columns on chardonnays and vineyards in general. Although it may not be perfect for those who are interested in other types of wine, William professes to have changed the preference of many over the years, leading to his moniker of “Prince of Pinot.” It is a fresh, vibrant webpage detailing one man’s love of pinot noir and the aspects of the flavor he enjoys.
Another Wine Blog is dedicated to wine lovers – not only to those who have been interested in it for years, but for those new to the journey. Its blog is refreshing, light and airy, making it easy to read and different from other dense, saturated articles. The blogs are written as though the author is talking to you as a friend, a technique that sits well with me and holds my interest. Beyond that, the information and reviews provided cover a wide range of topics and make it easy to like this simple, upbeat page.
Tim Atkin is a writer for a multitude of wine publications and wears many different hats in the wine business. He covers all topics, including pairing wine with recipes and even musical selections, a wine of the day, tasting notes, and more. The page is a great source of information, with articles detailing how to make it in the wine business as well as descriptions of the wine he prefers. It is an easy to navigate, well-maintained page.
Natalie Maclean’s website and blog is filled with media – from videos of wine tasters expressing their opinions, to pictures of her friends, to links to recipes and wines that would match each food – it is easy to find everything here! She also has links to her books, advice on starting a wine cellar and more. Her blog is witty and not afraid to speak the truth – I especially enjoyed her venture into a liquor store to try out boxed and barreled wines! This is certainly a must-read, and since it is updated every couple of days, she rarely misses a thing.
Fork and Bottle
HoseMaster of Wine
Fork and Bottle doesn’t deal exclusively with wine, but instead has a myriad of articles involving food, recipes, organic options, and sustainability. It links which wines would taste the best with its recipes. Jack and Joanne, creators of the webpage, write about their love of natural substances and the importance of being healthy. Their wine section explores different restaurants and places to visit, offering descriptions of hotels, restaurant openings, and even how long you may have to wait when you make a reservation. It is a very applicable blog!
The Hosemaster (Ron Washam) has a brutally honest, tell-it-like-it-is type of humor that he uses to educate the masses about everything having to do with wine. His blog is easy to read and surprisingly refreshing, as it doesn’t take itself too seriously. Washam, however, has over 35 years of experience in wine tasting and education, and certainly knows what he’s talking about. He links to other blogs to discuss (and sometimes make fun of) their contents and authors. A satisfying read for anyone looking for a laugh.
A Wine Story
Matching Food and Wine
One of A Wine Story’s interesting features is that it offers a free monthly newsletter and guide to pairing food and wine, which is perfect for any wine lover. The blog included on this page is excellent; it is written almost in a short story form, including complex details of the wine tastings as well as fun anecdotes. The site is easy to navigate, with a section for wines in each region of the world, a video library and media room, and a news section. This page is fabulous at what it does, and a great asset for any wine lover to have!
This website focuses on “food and wine pairing made easy,” which it accomplishes with its clean, neat pages. With a Match of the Week and Top Pairings link, this page makes it simple to figure out which wines would go best with which meals, and also to try out new combinations. It also includes an “Entertaining” section, which gives recipes for entrees, cocktails, and more. Fiona Beckett, the founder of the page, also has a blog that she updates two to three times a month with stories of her journeys to wineries, travels in Paris, and more.
Wino Sapien is more than just your average blog about wine tastings. It includes an alphabetical list of tasting notes that spans over 1600 different wines, all bought by the author himself and not given as free gifts to him by vendors. He is dedicated to honesty and integrity in his tastings and will not accept any form of advertisement on this site. He has recipe ideas in addition to a section simply titled “thoughts” that covers a wide variety of topics, such as “How much wine is too much?” and “Wine as an infectious disease.” Honest, compelling, and full of life perfectly describes Wino Sapien.
Steve Heimoff’s blog and the webpage is bursting with information. He is highly experienced in the world of wine, with years of writing experience backing him as well. His posts are lengthy yet informative, holding a wealth of knowledge and facts within them. Heimoff certainly uses his degree in philosophy in his writing; it is sometimes dense but always worth the read.
For the Love of Port
Jo Diaz’s Wine Blog is aimed not only at those who enjoy a great glass of wine at night, but at wine companies trying to break into the business. She has several posts about the importance of wine competitions, rankings of best businesses in 2014, and more. She spares no detail in her writing and provides many lists for the reader to go through. She also has several different types of media on her website, such as photos, videos, and even podcasts.
For the Love of Port, founded by Roy Hersh, explores different flavors and types of port. It has an appendix of tasting notes available to those who register. It also includes facts about port, frequently asked questions, charts, and more. It goes over all aspects of the wine, including how it is made. It is certainly a great resource for the lover of port and for anyone interested in the specifics of this wine. The Video Gallery is a wonderful aspect of the site that has a gathering of interviews, newscasts, home recordings and other media having to do with the site’s title.
Ken’s Wine Guide
Red Wine Haiku
Touted as “the internet’s most comprehensive wine buying guide,” Ken’s Wine Guide is certainly an in-depth look at the flavors, aromas, and overall quality of almost every wine you could encounter. The tasting and rating guide alone takes up more than a page and covers many different points. The webpage rates an eclectic selection of wines, including multiple varieties of rose, white, red, and champagne. If you want to know exactly which wine to choose to blow someone away, this is definitely the place to go. You would be hard-pressed to find another webpage that goes so deep into the world of rating the world’s finest wines.
The Red Wine Haiku Review is an excellent, original blog that reviews red wines in a most interesting and creative way – only with haikus. Not for the wine lover who prefers a straightforward yay or nay, the entries are sometimes cryptic, but always literary. I enjoyed the playfulness of the approach and the thoughts that it provoked. It stands out among wine blogs that all do the same thing, and it is memorable for that reason.
New York Cork Report
One of The Wine Curmudgeon’s most recent posts laments the pitch of flavored wines and single-serve bottles on the popular show Shark Tank. Jeff Siegel, the author of the blog, lays out the reasons why this would be a terrible business decision. His points are so solid that it led me to give him instant credibility in his area of expertise. His posts are awake to modern culture, intellectual, and satisfying. The articles are not so long that you start to drift off, and not so short that you barely glean any information from it. To me, they seemed just right.
The New York Cork Report provides tasting notes and reviews not only of wines, but also food, beer, and spirits of the Midwest and Great Lakes Region. It has a “Wine of the Year” section as well as a link to support local growers, which is a great addition that many other blogs don’t include. It gives the page a hometown feel despite the sleek layout and design of the website.
The Wine Harlots consider themselves “thirsty, but thrifty,” a fun phrase that certainly resonates with much of today’s population. They seek the best wines that won’t empty your wallet, or a wine so good that it’s worth losing a paycheck or two. They are willing to try out just about anything, including their most recent adventure – wine in a can. They are thorough in all of their tasting notes, no matter what type of wine they are reviewing. Their reviews are honest, fun, and easy to read. An enjoyable blog, to say the least.
Winecast is a website that often posts podcasts of its wine and food reviews, tastings, and other related subjects. Each podcast is between 15 and 50 minutes long, making it an easy listen to while in the car or relaxing at home. The blog is also useful, with straightforward recommendations and opinionated reviews. The originality of the podcasts definitely makes Winecast worth a visit.
Affairs of the Vine
Affairs of the Vine, by Barbara Drady, recently completed its 3rd annual “Romancing the Rhones” competition, an interesting insight into the author’s pick of best wines from the year 2014. The list is complete, well thought out, and encouraging to those who may always choose the same type of wine. Her tasting notes are easy to read and give a wealth of information. Drady is a self-proclaimed pinot lover, and many of her posts focus on that type of wine, but she is also able to branch out and embrace different viewpoints.
Wine Peeps is a blog that is updated about three times a month by its founders, who are two separate couples. They seek to educate others about wine and claim to be always learning, which keeps them open-minded and honest. They conduct monthly wine tasting dinners in which they taste blind, giving their review a completely unbiased tone. I appreciate the fact that they are dedicated to finding the world’s best wines, despite the label or winemaker’s reputation.
The Wine Hub
The Wine Hub strikes me as being targeted towards a younger, perhaps more inexperienced crowd due to its use of hash tags, quizzes, and other modern features. The content, however, is anything but simple! Wine Hub has a complex assortment of topics, reviews, and blog entries, enough to satisfy even the most inquisitive visitor. They take every topic into consideration and their view on wine is refreshingly honest. They seem to strive to educate anyone new to the world of wine and infuse their love of the vine into each new visitor.
Asian Palate is another specialized blog, focusing, as its name suggests, on the wines and cuisine of the Asian continent. It provides meal and wine pairings, tasting notes, and a “Wine Diary” by author and founder Jeannie Cho Lee. It also provides an interactive map of Asian culinary capitals that the reader can use to find even more functional information such as an overview of the cuisine, culture, and more.
Wine of the Week
Grape Wall of China
Wine of the Week offers, as the name suggests, a pick of a new wine every week for readers to enjoy. The blog notes the taste, aroma, and food pairings that would go best with each wine choice. The page also has a blog that is focused solely on New Zealand’s wineries, food, and other topics, making it unique from other similar blogs. The tasting notes also are based on the region, yet they are fully thought out and valuable. Wine of the Week is not huge, but has a great little pile of resources going for it.
Grape Wall of China is a blog that seeks to be a one-stop shop for all of your wine needs. They try to combine “the voices of consumers, winemakers, distributors, academics and consultants,” which is certainly a daunting task. They do it seamlessly, however, with a fascinating blog and an easy-to-navigate webpage. With a newsletter, list of wine fairs and jobs in the winery business, among many other things, the Grape Wall is on its way to becoming one of the biggest blogs around.
Wine Education is a website willing and ready to educate the masses about not only the basics of wine, but advanced techniques for those who truly love the drink. With sections on white wine, red wine, investing in and growing your own, this page can offer a variety of topics to its readers. In a fun twist, it also has a Games section where the reader can participate in trivia, crosswords, quizzes, and even a wine simulation game. It’s sure to appeal to those who are new to the world of wine and veterans alike.
Simon Woods’ webpage and blog, entitled “Drinking Outside the Box,” caters to the “normal” wine drinker – neither precocious nor insanely rich, but a person who has an interest in wine and would like to find out more. Woods participates in social media (his Twitter feed is available on his site) and posts witty, helpful blog posts. His page is perfect for someone who either is new to wine or simply doesn’t have the time and money to dedicate to a huge collection. This page gives out a very down to earth and friendly vibe, and it is one I would certainly return to.
Fermentation Wine Blog
Tom Wark, the founder of the Fermentation Wine Blog, is an advocate for change in the world of wine distribution. He often writes about his opinions on what he deems to be unfair wine politics, including the mistrust of alcohol consumption and the sales policies that result. His blog entries show that he takes a serious and all-inclusive view of wine. He frequently tastes both white and red wines and writes about the results. This blog is well-educated, smart, and about more than simply wine tastings.
Wine Weekly offers a host of information neatly organized into tabs on the left side of the webpage. One can search for wines based on price, occasion, value, type, and more. They also produce informative articles such as “How You Pour Wine Affects Your Drinking,” and various posts geared towards new wine lovers. They also have an “Ask Vino Joe” section that allows the reader to ask wine-related questions to an expert in the field. All in all, this is a handy website that explores many different topics.
Grapes and Grains
David Flaherty’s blog encompasses many topics – it may focus on wines and beers, but he also delves into his personal life, winery and chateau owners, and his own brand of humor. His writing is honest and witty, which makes it feel like you’re talking with an old friend. His posts range from his experiences at wine tastings (most recently the New York Wine Experience 2014), to wine reviews, to links to other interesting articles from his fellow bloggers.
One of the most unique, helpful, and enjoyable parts of Wine Muse’s website is their “Top 5” lists. They quickly and succinctly list the top five wines for any occasion – from mother’s day, a quiet night in, New Year’s, and even the first day of kindergarten – there is a ready-made lists of what to try. In addition to this, they have “Conversation” posts in which they pose a question or comment and ask their readers to join in on the topic. It is a great way to get many voices into one place, and to hear opinions of other wine lovers. This is a great website which I truly enjoyed.
Chasing the Vine
Lauren Mowery, founder and writer for Chasing the Vine, is up-to-date on current world news, trends, and happenings, which makes her articles all the more pleasurable to read. She isn’t afraid to voice her opinion on wines, coffee, tea, and more – and her articles are proof of this. She is also respectful of others’ opinions, eager to learn, and full of untapped potential. Her blog is a foray into a world of wine tasting from the mind of a fresh young woman
Avvinare, which is Italian for the act of cleaning out your glass for wine, is the perfect word to describe this webpage. With a Wine of the Week, blog entries almost every day, and a personable voice to every article, this page is a godsend for wine lovers everywhere. Its creator, Susannah Gold, travels often and always tells of her experiences within a day. She is honest, positive, and uplifting, making this blog a go-to for everyday wine tasting fanatics.
Wine Life Today
Savor Each Glass
One of the things that struck me instantly about Wine Life Today is the beautiful photographs they use on their blog. It really helps to set the tone of luxury, high-class wines. They focus on “the finer things in life,” whether it is restaurants, wines, foods, and more. The blog shares wine profiles, tastings and reviews, a look into winemaking, and guides to restaurants and drinks. The blog is as classy as it looks – the writing is superb and easy to digest. Their articles on travel are great as well, and will surely delight any reader.
Savor Each Glass explores wine and tastings in the North Fork Valley of Colorado. They provide classes and events, dinners, and tours, which makes them much more than just an average wine blog. You can even hire your own sommelier, a certified wine judge, or a consultant for your business. There are many articles presented, most with a focus on Colorado and the surrounding regions. The blog entries are frequent, informative, and specialized.
Dallas Wine Chick
I loved to read what Melanie Ofenloch, author of Dallas Wine Chick, had to say about her blog. She admits that she is no expert and even hesitated on starting her own webpage, but her love of wine and experiences with it overruled any doubts. She encourages everyone to become educated about what they love, even if they are not experts. She enjoys hearing others’ opinions about the wines she has tasted and often engages in discussion with her readers. Her blog is down to earth, easy to understand, and non-threatening for any newbie.
This blog and webpage is based out of Sydney, Australia, which makes for an interesting and unique batch of wines and opinions. The author, Cameron Wheeler, focuses mainly on tasting and reviewing different wines from his regional base, but also sometimes pairs them with meals as well. His reviews are highly detailed and informative, including the price, value, a numerical rating, and more. It is definitely worth a look for any wine enthusiast hoping to find a new favorite taste.
The Good Wine Guru
The blog page of The Good Wine Guru is a simplistic, yet valuable asset for anyone looking for straightforward wine reviews. The honest, thorough reviews of a myriad of wines are useful for those who are hoping to start their own wine collection. I found it to be methodical, thoughtful, and incredibly detailed. There is no wine that this blog has not covered! A new entry is added almost every other day, which is perfect for those who can’t wait for another installment. This is the perfect blog to add to your bookmarks bar.
Grapevines, which reviews “kosher and non-kosher wines, spirits and other liquid pleasures,” certainly covers a wide gamut of beverages. Its blog posts are much more than the typical wine tasting reviews with a number and short paragraph explaining the pros and cons of a wine. Instead, this webpage includes interesting topics that relate to the subject matter, such as a gift guide, wish list, and more. It also has an expansive list of links to other popular blogs, a listing of events, and a wine key, among many other topics.
Traveling Wine Chick
The Wine Commonsewer
Elizabeth Smith, the founder, and author of Traveling Wine Chick, originally started with a career in teaching before discovering her passion for wine. She posts a new entry around once or twice a month, all centering upon the reviews she does of new and familiar wines. Despite the few number of entries, her writing ability is such that each one is rich with details and as long as many other blogs’ entire month’s worth of work! Her opinions are well researched and educated, which makes this a strong webpage.
The Wine Commonsewer is a veritable resource for those starting their foray into wine tasting and collection. The blog entries are geared towards newbies to the wine world, and unlike some web pages, its author seems genuinely interested in helping others. He even includes a list of his favorite wine blogs and sites to further research. He includes interesting photos (sometimes of wine, sometimes not) that spice up the blog and makes it more than just another dull review page.
The Frugal Wine Snob
There may be many wine blogs floating around the internet that focus on one region – be it Napa Valley, the Midwest, or France – but there are not many that focus solely on the wines of Chile. This blog, managed by a native Chilean, fills that void. Although the blog is not extremely prolific in its reviews and tastings, the articles that are posted are indeed valuable since they are so rare. Red and white wines are both reviewed here and the posts are short, succinct and to the point, making them a quick read.
Carolyn Blakeslee is the author of The Frugal Wine Snob, and she states her goal to be “for the reviews and ideas here to save you time and money by eliminating some of the uncertainty surrounding purchasing wine.” It is refreshing that she does not immediately buy into the hype surrounding expensive wines, but instead tastes each one distinctly and on its own merits. Her reviews are honest, well thought out, and open to comments. One of the best parts of her blog is that she invites in conversation and welcomes disagreement, which is where some of the best realizations happen.
Sondra Barrett’s blog is an interesting conglomeration of all of her passions – wine, helping others, science, and art. She is an eclectic person who is not satisfied with only doing one thing at a time. Her blog includes wine reviews but focuses more on inner happiness, beauty, and finding relaxation – all elements that wine can help with! Though it can be tricky to find exactly what you are looking for on this webpage, it is worth it, as her writing is deep, rich, and truthful.
The Quaffability Wine Blog is geared towards an audience of young adults who are starting their lives – and their love affair with wine – together. The blog entries compiled on this site remind one of Pinterest, as there are so many recipes, lists, pictures and more to inspire and compel creativity. With the insertion of mixed media such as video, YouTube, and photos, this blog is up to date with the current trends and times and easy to navigate. The topics are relevant and unique, making this a valuable asset to those who are starting their journey into the world of wine.
Girl and the Grape
Although Thor Iverson’s wine blog is updated only a few times a year, his posts are long, informative, and often opinionated. He comments not only on his favorite wines and the tastings he attends, but also on other wine bloggers, their websites, and their legacy. One of his most popular blogs is about the demise of the Robert E. Parker brand, and Iverson’s thoughts on why this happened. Although every reader may not agree with what he says, one can easily find entertainment and food for thought in his posts.
The winner of “Best New Wine Blog” in 2014, the Girl and the Grape is a fun, interesting conglomeration of blog entries that serves both to educate and entertain its readers. Alison Crowe, author and founder of the blog, resides in Napa, California, which is the focus of her adventures and wine business. One of her recent posts is a list of New Year’s wines, how to use them, their prices, and of course, her rating. Her writing is sophisticated and neat, and she has a wealth of information to share with her readers.
What Would Mikey Drink?
My first impression of Vinosseur (a combination of the words vino and connoisseur) was of its stunning imagery and intricate artwork on the front page. It is one thing to have a fantastic wine blog, but to have the added element of delighting your readers with your setup is a great bonus. The blog entries are neat, full of life, and informative as well, which makes this a wonderful all-in-one stop. Although not updated as prolifically as other sites, the content is well worth the wait.
What Would Mikey Drink is a fun, short wine blog that uses a relatively simple tasting and rating system. It is easy to understand, based on price and year, and most importantly, efficient. This is a blog that you could come to any time of year and find new reviews. The author is easy to read, friendly, and willing to take any questions or comments his readers may have. It feels like you are talking with a friend about your mutual love of wines.
The Reverse Wine Snob
The Real Wine Julia
The Reverse Wine Snob is a great little blog to visit for the wine lovers out there who don’t want to spend a fortune on finding good tastes. The writers understand that not all great wine has to be expensive, and they take it as their mission to find cheap wines that satisfy the palette. The wines are usually available at popular places such as Costco or Trader Joe’s, but they also have a section on where to find the more elusive wines they cover. They have an interesting rating system that is displayed in a chart and takes into account the price of the wine as well. I found it to be an enjoyable website and blog that is applicable to the average person’s lifestyle.
Julia Crowley, the founder of this website and writer of the blog, has been through many different jobs in the world of wine, including owning her own wine bar, writing for different organizations, and working with Snooth as a correspondent. This makes her an excellent resource to others about the best of Oregon wines, pricing, meals and more. She describes herself as laid-back and simple, and her goal is to educate others and instill in them a love for wine.
Washington Wine Report
The Gray Report
Washington Wine Report is dedicated to bringing reviews, news, and more of the Northwest Region’s wines to the general public. They include reviews of wines of different price levels to appeal to everyone’s budget, and it is contained in such a way as to make it easy to navigate. There is also information about wineries and vineyards in the area, and even advice on planning trips to wine country. Sean P. Sullivan is the founder, and his blog has won the “Best Single Subject Blog” Award.
The Gray Report often talks about hot topics in the wine world, most recently the problem of red wine-induced headaches. W. Blake Gray, the author, has a scientific and thorough approach to all of his writing, leaving the reader to come to their own conclusion after supplying them with the facts. His reviews are somewhat complex and lengthy, but in a positive way, as they are not scant on information or opinion. The articles are well researched and leave one feeling satisfied at the conclusion.
The Wine Wankers
Jordan Winery Blog
The Wine Wankers are a group of friends who indulge in wine together and are, as their website’s name suggests, a silly and fun combination when put together. Their blog posts are helpful and sometimes downright hilarious (like when they compared their recent wine adventures with Honey Boo Boo). I found it interesting that they are relevant to the younger generations, and it truly felt like I was talking with a friend. They encourage discussion and disagreement on their page, focusing on their love of wine above all else.
Jordan Winery has a beautiful layout to its webpage – stunning backgrounds, gorgeous pictures and more. This makes it easy to want to visit their site and see what they have to offer. The “great wine estates of France and the timeless connection between food, wine and hospitality” have inspired them. This is evident in their blog, which focuses heavily on French wines and food. They also provide a shop where readers can buy their wines, which makes it convenient to pick your favorites after reading the reviews.
The Lynmar Life
This blog is about Lynmar Estate, a company selling Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wines which is located in Sonoma County. The posts are timely and fresh, with well-written content from several contributors. In addition to wines, they also have a section on food, garden, business, and life, making it a great resource for staying well rounded. The articles are short and easy to read, making it fun to check this webpage daily to see what has been updated.
EnoBytes is a massive website touting several contributors, years of experience, and an all-around monopoly on the world of wine information. Their goal is to educate others, spark discussion, and move the world forward. They have interesting features ranging from the more common links on meal pairings and wine ratings to sections titled simply as “Ramblings”. They also include Vintage Charts and Wine Maps that show certain regions. This is an all-inclusive website that may take hours to pore over and even then, you’ve only just scratched the surface.
Been Doon So Long
Randall Grahm, author of the blog and new book Been Doon So Long, is a self-proclaimed wine fanatic who has a special love for pinot noir. His passion started at a job sweeping floors in a Beverly Hills wine store where he was allowed to taste the goods, and he developed an affinity for it. His blog is particularly detailed, and although he focuses on pinot noir, he also rates many different kinds of wine. He is certainly an educated connoisseur, and he puts his mind to good use. It is a blog that will take readers quite a bit of time to get through, but it will be worth it for the insight provided.
Katherine Cole is a wine columnist and author of several published books, including Complete Wine Selector: How to Choose the Right Wine Every Time. Although her website does not include an actual blog, she does have links to many other resources, including a page with descriptions of her books and the chance to purchase them. She also has a “Buzz” page in which her upcoming projects are announced.
The blog at Vin Deling has a photo for every entry that corresponds with the topic. The articles and posts are based on wine ratings as well as food that would go well with each drink. Recipes are posted, wineries are visited, and new winemakers are revealed. There are also links to Daily Posts and a Videos section, as well as tips for trips to wine country and illustrated maps. The website is a helpful guide to those who are just entering their love affair with the vine.
Andre Ribeirinho is based in Portugal and is involved in several wine organizations. He believes that doing what you love is the best way to live life, and in this case, it is to taste wine, attend events, and blog about it! He is very detail-oriented and will take pictures, post comments, and invite discussion on his blog. His posts are long and well thought-out, making it an enjoyable and enlightening read. It is interesting that he is based in Portugal, as he is able to comment uniquely on European wines.
Wines of Balkans
This blog, run by Marilena Barbera, has an interesting and professional conglomeration of wine-related topics, including a page of videos, travel notes, and photo albums. Barbera is a winegrower in Sicily and also has an online shop where her fans and readers can buy different wines. She is clearly highly educated, and her blog entries display this. She is interested in the political world of wine as well as the tasting of it, and her views are refreshing.
This blog seeks to inform people of the wines of the Balkan region, which is ranked #5 in the world of most wine-producing regions. It is interesting to have a website which focuses primarily on this location and on European wines, as it allows them to go into more detail than they could if they were covering North American wines as well. They do tastings and attend events, and their posts are short and succinct, making them easy to read and convenient for a person who is on the go.
Vino Da Burde
Thirst for Wine
Although much of this blog is in Italian, there is a section in English that has great content on wine and food. It is not difficult to find the correct pages, and the influence of the Italian culture on the webpage is incredible. It lets you know that you are truly getting an authentic review of the wine and food they taste. It would be great to be able to read all of the pages, and for one who is fluent in Italian, I’m sure it would end up being very worthwhile. For the rest of us, we will have to settle on salivating over the beautiful photos of Italian food and wines.
Robert McIntosh, founder and writer of “Thirst for Wine,” is first and foremost a father, and he makes it plain that he is dedicated to his children above all else. This being said, he also loves wine, and he seeks to pair the two in his daily reflections. This makes for an innovative and charming blog that includes fun stories about his kids interwoven with his wine tastings and events. He does not always blog about wine, and some of his posts are simply a run-down of what he went through in his day, focusing on a conversation he had with his kids. The mixture of the two, however, is interesting and keeps the reader feeling like a part of the author’s life.
The Wine Hiker’s slogan, displayed on top of his blog, is “Hike. Wine. Repeat!” and accurately sums up the tone of his page. I found it intriguing that he was able to incorporate his hiking, love of wine, and blogging all in one place. He actually hikes to different locations and tastes the wine there, reviewing it on his blog. This fascinates me and I appreciate the work that goes into making his page not “just another” wine blog. He is spunky and imaginative, and that makes reading his page a joy.
Meg Maker is an accomplished writer, with experience both in journalism and wine critique. Although much of her blog does not focus on wine, she still has interesting stories and a way with words that cannot be duplicated (Update – Meg actually has a blog that is dedicated to wine also which I have since added and can be found here). I found myself immersed in her world as she talked about her cats, trips to other lands, small anecdotes, and more. She is knowledgeable on wines as well, and she uses her eloquent writing style to educate her readers. I highly recommend this blog, even to those who are not wine lovers.
Thralls Family Cellars
Sip on this Juice
The word “thralls,” of Old Norse origin, means “a person wholly obedient to a need or passion” – in this case, wine. The webpage and blog entries focus on the love of wine, and they are technically proficient, which makes it interesting for younger readers. They have an attached twitter account, facebook, and more. Although mostly interested in the likes of pinot noir, there are also many entries on this blog about other types of wine, especially Chardonnay. The posts are efficient, short, and filled with interesting opinions.
A Sonoma County resident and business owner, Amy Lieberfarb works in marketing but has a passion for wine that she explores in her blog. She also travels and loves food, which she incorporates into her posts as well. She writes to an audience of newbies, and her articles and posts are often geared towards the simple aspects of being a wine lover – how to properly clean your wine glasses, how to enjoy a tasting, and more. Although not updated prolifically, her blog is still a great place to find useful information.
Koskelo on Wine
Christian Callec, a French native, started a Dutch Wine Museum in 1983, when he was introduced to the world of wine and spirits. He has also published a Wine Encyclopedia and a Cheese Encyclopedia individually, so he knows just about everything there is to know about the topics. His posts take him around the world as he looks into different wines and events – most recently the 6th World Bulk Wine exhibition in December 2014. He includes photos of his adventures, which greatly add to the ambiance of his site. His posts are informative, to the point, and educated.
This blog, by a man who refers to himself as “Mr. Koskelo,” is a treat to any wine lover who wishes they had the time and resources to visit distant lands. One of the most recent posts is about his time in Italy, and has various pictures of the foods and wines he tasted there. His blog uses these photographs as the main content of the page, and the captions are the basis of the article. It worked well, as the photos are of a great quality and really add to the atmosphere of the blog. It is fun to read and the author is enjoyable.
The Wine Chronicles
The Morning Claret
Panos Kakaviatos, author and founder of The Wine Chronicles, has a specialization in wine of the French region, but also blogs about champagnes and wines from other locales. He is highly technical in his writing and able to give his readers all the details of tastings, prices, and more. He often comments on rising issues in the world of wine, such as marketing, financing, and the ability to read the labels. He is dedicated to giving his readers an education on wine, and I would consider him successful in this venture.
Simon Woolf, author of The Morning Claret, states that his website is “a love letter to great wine and wine making.” He has fallen in love with unique, hard to find wines, rather than the common wines that are easy to buy in any supermarket or grocery. Rather than giving out a numerical score to each wine he tastes, he writes an entire blog entry about it, supplying the reader with the good, the not so good, and the interesting about each bottle he goes through. This is a unique process that I found intriguing and valuable.
Matthew Jukes is the author of 14 wine books in addition to manning his blog at his personal website. The articles he provides focus on his wine tastings and the ratings he gives, which are descriptive to say the least. He is thorough and balanced in his reviews, hashing out both the good and the bad of each bottle. One of the great aspects of his website is that he covers a wide variety of wines, leaving an eclectic list to sort through. His writing is clean and concise, and the outcome is a wine blog that one can look forward to reading.
Hirsch Vineyards is located on the West Sonoma Coast and produces wines that they claim have a “natural balance and consistency.” They provide articles about the production of their wine, which is an interesting exploration into the life of a winemaker and should be exciting for any wine lover. They also have a photo gallery and a vintage list of all of their wines, which is helpful for those hoping to buy a bottle or two. The map of the vineyard they provide is also interesting. Although there is not an actual blog, the webpage is still a useful place for those interested in wine.
Girl with a Glass
RJ on Wine
The Girl with a Glass is a wine blog run by a lady of the name of Alana. Her blog stretches beyond just the realm of wine as she preaches people to enjoy the world of global travel and fine living overall. All the better with a glass of wine in the hand, of course! She has recently also started a new venture by the name of “USA Ambassadors” which is a community in which people can come together and share the joys of life – mostly focused around wine, food, and culture. This has resulted in her posting a little less frequently on Girl with a Glass, but it’s still worth a visit nonetheless.
RJ on Wine is a blog that is managed by RJ, who is a wine writer and critic but holds a day job in human resources. Not only does he also write for influential editorials such as the Huffington Post, he was also included in IntoWine.com’s Top 100 Most Influential People in the U.S. Wine Industry on two occasions. His blog is known for its long (often between 5,000 – 12,000 words), detailed, and well-researched articles that are a joy to read and are often posted on a weekly basis. Although RJ is now taking slight step back in terms of his posting frequency in order to maintain his balance of life, his blog is a must-read for anyone that has an interest in wine.
The Feiring Line
Jameson Fink, as the name would suggest, is run by a chap by the name of Jameson Fink. He is the wine editor at MSN.com, has written a tone for the Grape Collective, and also has been a wine editor at Foodista.com for close to 5 years now. If that isn’t some editorial experience, I don’t know what is. On top of that, he’s been nominated for the Wine Blog Awards on three consecutive years for Best Overall Blog in 2012, and Best Writing in 2013 and 2014. Definitely worth a visit.
The Feiring Line is a blog that is managed by Alice Feiring. Her interest in wine came accidentally through her roommate when she was studying for her Masters in Dance Therapy. She has no formal education in wine, unlike some of the others, but that doesn’t take away from her writing and knowledge on the subject. Quite the contrary, in fact. She has been published in a number of magazines in the country, and also wrote for non other than the New York Times. Definitely worth a visit, if you have not already done so!
What makes 1337 Wine unique is the fact that a lot of the information is delivered in either video or audio format. Mark Fusco, the mastermind behind 1337 Wine, produces a weekly wine show on his blog (which is also available on his YouTube Channel) that features wine reviews and also provides some education for those of us that aren’t as familiar with wine. It’s an entertaining watch that I can recommend to anyone – especially if you’re fed up with reading and just want to kick back and relax a couple of shows.
WineOh.tv is managed by Monique Soltani. She has a certification from the Court of Master Sommeliers, and is also an experienced broadcast journalist having worked a number of television stations across the US. This shows in the content that she provides on her blog, a lot of which is video based, which makes her stand out from many other blogs out there. The content on her blog is not just limited to wine, but she also provides a detailed array of food recipes on her blog, and also has a section on her blog dedicated to travel.
ENOFYLZ Wine Blog
Don’t you just love the name? I know I do. The lady with the luscious lushes is Thea Dwelle, and her blog doesn’t just focus on wine, but also on food and travel. She holds a CWAS (California Wine Appellation Specialist) credential and is a software professional by day, and a wine lover by night. One of the best things about her blog is that she has a detailed calendar of all wine-related events (mostly in California) so that you never have to miss another tasting or gathering.
If you’re wondering where the unique name comes from, like I did the first time I read it, it’s actually the phonetic spelling of the world “oenophile” or wine lover. This blog is managed by Martin, who only started developing an interest for wine a little bit later in life – in his late forties. The most interesting part that I found on Martin’s blog is that he does a “Weekly Review” of all the wines that he has consumed at his home table with his wife. His reviews are concise, snappy, and to the point and he uncovers some real gems. The only problem is that I can’t seem to keep up with him! Every week that goes by, I get further and further behind.
Although we listed once before with her personal blog, Meg Maker also runs Maker’s Table which is related to wine and other “pleasures of the table”, which is therefore probably more suitable for this list. She has been mentioned for her wine writing in a host of notable publications such as the New York Times, and Wine Business Monthly just to name a few. In her own words, she has a particular interest in “traditional foodways” which includes artisanal food and wine production so if you’re curious to learn more about that topic, don’t hesitate to give Maker’s Table a visit.
Last, but certainly not least, is Wine Scamp. Andrea Middleton, or the self-acclaimed Wine Scamp, manages this blog. She is a Certified Specialist of Wine through the Society of Wine Educators and loves anything to do with wine which is a passion she squeezing in when she is not parenting her kids or working her full-time job. Her no-frills approach to wine is a joy to read, and makes it easy to follow along for those that are just starting to develop an interest in wine. Although she has posted a little less frequently recently, this one is definitely worth a stop.
Wine Terroirs is run by a gentleman by the name of Bertrand Celce. As a Frenchman that is based in France, the blog focuses heavily on wine culture in France, but also contains a wealth of information on the many of Bert’s journeys around the wine world. I particularly enjoyed his post about the Shinkame Shuzo Sake Brewery that he visited whilst in Japan. Aside from being a talented writer, Bertrand is also an avid photographer so you’ll never be short of visuals when visiting Wine Terroirs.
Academic Wino is all about the more academic side of wine. Started by Becca Yeamins-Irwin, her mission is to dedicate herself to “dissecting current research in enology and viticulture” and she consequently spends countless of hours every month ensuring that she stays up-to-date with the latest research and advances in wine. The great news is that she is able to convey some these more “heavy” and technical topics in a way that is more lighthearted and easy for the layman to understand, which is a pleasure to read.
In the words of the founder, Mike Veseth, the Wine Economist is what you would get if you crossed The Economist (the World’s leading business weekly) with the Wine Spectator (America’s best-selling wine magazine). As an author of a number of successful books related to the topic such as Wine Wars (2011), and Extreme Wine (2013), he enjoys studying the culture, history, and human behavior around wine more than reviewing individual wines themselves. A great example of this is the formulation of his recent principle, which he calls “Batali’s Law” to explain how one should enjoy Italian wines by admiring the complexity of them, rather than trying to break it down into it’s component parts.
If there’s anyone that has shown consistency over the years, it has to be BKWine. They have been posting actively on the internet since 1996 and are still going strong to this day. Based out of Paris, Britt and Per run this blog together and both have a wealth of experience in wine. Britt is a respected wine journalist in Scandinavia and internationally, and she visits some 200 wineries on an annual basis on her travels. Per brings BKWine to life as a professional photographer in addition to writing for a number of other online publications. To top it all off, both have written four books together on the subject of wine.
Bovinum is a relatively new kid on the blog as far as wine blogging is concerned. Launched in February of 2015, Zach Ramsay writes wine reviews a number of times a week, some of which are definitely worth a try. His aim for his blog is for it to be a place to share tasting notes with his family and friends and anyone that cares to visit. Although he claims not to be an expert on wine, he has been making tasting notes on almost every wine he has drank in the last few years which should make for an interesting reading once they are all published on his blog.
Wild Walla Walla Wine Woman
Wild Walla Walla Who? Wild Walla Walla Wine Woman! With a tongue twister of a name, Catie McIntyre Walker has been running her wine blog since 2005 and is still going strong today. Coming from a family that has a deep history in “fermentation”, she has spent most of her life being involved in wine one way or another. Having studied Enology and worked in wine sales and merchandising for over 10 years in the Walla Walla Valley, she is the undisputed expert when it comes to wines, or anything related to it, from that part of the country. If you’re not yet convinced, just pick up a copy of her book the “Wines of Walla Walla Valley: A Deep-Rooted History” and your doubts will swiftly be put to rest.
ManoaVino or “Mano a Vino” which stands for “Hand on Wine” in Italian, is a blog that is managed by a gentleman by the name of Peter Conway. Although he has no formal wine training, he has had an active curiosity for wine since 1973 and has tastes over 147 grapes granting him access to the Wine Century club. He has been on countless trips to various parts of Europe, Canada, and California to explore the vast world of wine. His curiosity shows through the writing at his blog, and is therefore a recommended stop for anyone that is interested about expanding their horizons on the topic.
The Sediment Blog is managed by two chaps by the name CJ and PK and is an avenue through which they can share their “mid-life Terroirs”. As a finalist for the 2011 Best New Wine Blog Award, CJ and PK update their blog twice weekly and write in a style that doesn’t take wine too seriously. It’s a great read for those wanting the perspective of those that have a slightly more cynical and lighthearted approach to wine. With their first book published in 2014, and their blog being coined “the finest wine blog known to humanity” by The Guardian, you’d seriously miss out if you didn’t give it a quick peak.
Georges’ Nose Knows
Georges Meekers’ blog, Georges’ Nose Knows, focuses on anything and everything related to wine from Malta. Having published two books exclusively on the subject, he is an expert when it comes to wines that hail from Malta, and is passionately engaged in the Maltese wine industry. Belgian by birth, he currently resides in Malta where he is active as a wine writer and wine educator. For those that have an interest in Maltese wines, reading Georges’ Nose Knows is a definite must.
The Fermented Fruit
The Fermented Fruit is a blog that was started by a gentlemen by the name of Ryan. As he mentions himself, he’s no professional wine writer or critic, but the primary aim of his blog is to share the experiences that wine has to offer. And share he does. Unlike some other blogs, he shares his experiences in ways that the average wine drinker can appreciate and understands, and at the same time uncovers some real gems of wines that you wouldn’t want to miss out on. All in all, The Fermented Fruit is definitely worth a stop – you won’t be disappointed.
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