Five Reasons To Pay Attention To These Seven Wine Sites

We took some time to review our favorite sources for the best wine writing, tools, tasting notes and more.


1) winespectator.com

What makes this site great:

  • Very comprehensive site – contain great info for both the casual wino and the serious collector.
  • Expert tips for those interested in wine travel and tourism – regions to visit, wineries to check out, places to stay and eat.
  • Up-to-date industry news for everyone involved in the wine and spirits trade (retailers, restaurants, wine-makers, etc).
  • Offers courses and schooling for site members (pricing starts at $7.95/mo).
  • You can test your wine knowledge with the addictive “Name That Wine” game.

2) nataliemaclean.com

What makes this site great:

  • Natalie MacLean ensures excellent wine-related content is updated daily.
  • Natalie is actively engaged with her readers and she herself is very accessible.
  • Offers great food/wine pairing information via the Wine & Food Matcher application which is available as web widget and/or ipad / ipod app.
  • Great newsletter, sign up!
  • Stay on top of LCBO vintages releases.

3) snooth.com

What makes this site great:

  • Connects wine lovers to wineries, merchants, fellow wine lovers, and wine professionals.
  • Provides wine pairings for your favourite recipe sites like epicurious.com (I LOVE epicurious!) and myrecipes.com.
  • Offers a great list of wine varietal profiles for quick learning and recommendations on each to take that learning from your mind to your mouth.
  • Virtual. Wine. Tastings. Need we say more? (next one, Frei Brothers Reserve on April 20th)
  • Overall just a really nice site to experience – nice design, easy to navigate, good use of social media technologies and understanding of how they’re used.

4) finewinemag.com

(led by Hugh Johnson)

What makes this site great:

  • Web site supports the quarterly wine journal, “The World of Fine Wine” which bills itself as the first cultural journal of the wine world, i.e. more intellect, less taste bud.
  • Offers an online index for back issues with opportunity to buy back issues.
  • Access sample features, e.g. ” A Smuggler’s Tale: Clones, Cops and Cabernet : Jonathan Swinchatt tells a gripping story of chicanery”.
  • Very simple site, really focused on quality content as opposed to quantity.
  • Hugh Johnson is widely admired in the world of wine; his “World Atlas of Wine” is in its sixth edition.

5) jancisrobinson.com

(most areas require a subscription)

What makes this site great:

  • Jancis Robinson has been writing about wine since 1975. Enough said.
  • She has an extremely active and engaged audience.
  • For site subscribers, fun section, “Don’t Quote Me” is not to be missed.
  • Free and easy access to Nick Lander, regular writer about food and restaurants for the Financial Times (and Jancis’ hubby).
  • Offers a great directory of wine resources, definitely *not* the usual suspects.


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