Believe it or not, there are some wine blogs out there that I personally enjoy reading: wine blogs that aren’t this one. Here are links to a few of them – but please bear in mind that this list is a work in perpetual progress.
1 Wine Dude – One of the bigger bloggers in the world of wine, Joe Roberts has a healthy blend of wine reviews (full-length and Twitter-sized), book reviews and articles. He recently posted an interesting rebuttal to the assertion that we’re in a Golden Age of Wine Writing, and I feel it was successful.
The Academic Wino – With less of a focus on wine reviews and more on news, issues, and current viticultural events, the Academic Wino updates often with thorough and thoughtful commentary, although I do question her decision to acknowledge the copyrights of photos she uses with links to their original sources, which is not as funny as what I do (i.e., stealing).
Beau’s Barrel Room – Beau (whom you can follow on Twitter) has over a decade of experience in the food and wine industries, currently working as the wine buyer for a grocery store in San Diego. He has a straightforward, transparent system for reviews and I consider him an invaluable source of wine knowledge.
Maker’s Table – Meg Maker is a marketing manager for Bonny Doon Vineyard (whose wine I will review sooner or later). She knows a ton about wine – just refer to my Scheurebe review for evidence – and reliably chooses interesting bottles to review, including varietals that don’t get enough attention. You can also follow her on Twitter (and should).
My Vine Spot – Based in Virginia, reputedly one of the strongest up-and-coming wine states, Dezel is a staunch advocate of regional wines (both those from his own region and in general), and another great Twitter personality. While I’ve personally yet to taste any wines from Virginia, I’ve learned from our conversations that some of my favorite grapes (Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot) excel there, and I can’t wait to try them.
The Passionate Foodie – Richard Auffrey (RichardPF on Twitter) may profess to be a passionate foodie, but his blog is also a veritable goldmine of information on two types of wine I know relatively little about: Champagne and sake (hey, rice wine still counts as wine). Trust me, there’s better sake out there than the kind used for bombing.
Pour Sip – This site belongs to my comrade-in-arms on the #Bteam Varietal Mafia, Scott Arellano Borges: educating the uneducated about the wonderful world of wine (while continuing to learn), with a special emphasis on underrated grapes. A great wine resource, as well as a great person to follow on Twitter.
The Reverse Wine Snob – Officially “thumbing [his] nose at bottles over $20,” Jon (the eponymous Reverse Wine Snob) does a much better job of sticking to his promulgated price point than I do. What’s more, he’s even developed his own rating system, which attempts deliberately to find a balance between cost and taste (and succeeds).
Teach Us Wine – Much like myself, Rain and Alfonso are vinic adventurers, blogging about wine as they drink their ways to oenological enlightenment. They feature budget wines and interesting articles, from what is (in my opinion) the ideal perspective for a wine novice: eager to learn but still willing to share.
Vinography – One of the most popular wine sites on the web, and for good reason. Alder Yarrow updates frequently with news and insights from his curious position at the core of the wine blogosphere but on the outskirts of the wine industry (despite his success and influence, wine’s still not his day job). I find his aroma card to be an exceptionally useful tasting tool.
Wine – The View from Orlando – Lorris is highly knowledgeable about many aspects of the wine trade, and his blog contains a wealth of info on vintners and regions around the world, as well as contemporary issues. Recently he provided a thorough analysis of the trend of reduced wine consumption in France, which I’m sure I’ll keep referring back to as the situation develops.
Wine Catz – Another blog offering a great mixture of budget wine reviews and thought-provoking articles (and commentary), the Wine Catz and I share another strong point of commonality in that we review far more reds than we do whites. Rock on!