The best authors of vegan recipes

April 4th, 2014

Where to find vegan recipes? The contest includes all personal sites but the table shows only the 50 ‘best’ — ‘best’ is evaluated with public website metrics.

Definitions

Veganism is the personal practice of eliminating the use of animal products. Dietary vegans or strict vegetarians avoid animal products in their diet. So the websites listed here should not show any recipe with dairy or eggs.

How to participate

Websites are automatically included in the contest as soon as I learn of their existence. To be eligible to the next issue of the best vegan authors, the below conditions must be met:

  1. The topic should be vegan cooking.
  2. The articles must be written by no more than two persons (not a team) — so as to screen firms.

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Best wine sites as of January 2014

January 31st, 2014

This article is a resource for you to find interesting sites.

I have performed website appraisal on 500 sites and I have ranked only the top 250. Herebelow is an analysis of the results.

The big guns

Two Fort Riley soldiers compete in the 2005 Best Ranger Competition

More people look for food or wine information on the Web in the Autumn that in other seasons. This primarily benefits the information brands. This semester the sites that gained most traffic were (in decreasing order): CellarTracker, Wine Enthusiast, the Wine Spectator, Snooth, French Scout.

Conversely fewer and fewer people go and visit the small sites, I mean the ones that do not show in the selection because they are not enough visited. So we may have a vicious circle here : few visitors bring low visibility. Maybe you have to reach out to become famous…

Diversity

The recent holiday season has favoured the big sites again. Yet challengers already show in this list. You can expect some to rise higher in the next installment in April.

In the last few years the web offer has immensely diversified. Everybody and their wine supplier now has a blog. There now are many quality wine critics who comment on line. So go on a reading journey by browsing the list of 250 best wine sites!

How to participate

Websites are automatically included in the contest as soon as I learn of their existence. To be eligible to the next issue of the Cellarer wine directory, the below conditions must be met:

  1. The main topic should be wine.
  2. Producing estates and wine sellers are excluded. Some of them run wonderful websites but the type of information is different.

If you disagree with the directory criteria, please comment below or e-mail me.

Here are the metrics I use for rating the wine sites. You can follow the directory evolution by subscribing to the feed on websites blog RSS.

The wine regions of Germany

December 17th, 2013

Germany has 13 separate wine growing regions, each of which produces its own style of wine, often from the same varieties. Generally, the lightest and most elegant German wines are produced in the Mosel-Sarr-Ruwer and Ahr regions.
Slightly fuller wines are made inthe Mittelrhein, Nahe, Rheingau, Rheinhessen, Saale-Unstrut, while the fullest German wines tend to come from the regions of Pfalz, Hessische Bergstrasse, Sachsen, Württembery and Baden.

Wine regions Major wine types Soil type Wine style
Ahr Red/Rose:
Spätburgunder,
Portugieser
volcanic slate light, fruity
Mosel-Saar-Ruwer White: Riesling slate-covered slopes,
rich in minerals
elegant, delicate,
racy
Nahe White: Riesling, Müller-Thurgau, Silvaner loess, loam, quartzite, porphyry fruity, crisp, stylish
Pfalz White: Riesling,
Scheurebe, Gewürztraminer,Muller-Thurgau, Kerner, Silvaner
Red/Rose: Spätburgunder, Portugieser
loam, weathered limestone full, aromatic, round
Hessische
Bergstrasse
White: Riesling,
Müller-Thurgau
loess elegand, fruity,
good acidity
Baden White: Ruländer
(Pinot Gris), Müller-Thurgau,
Gewürztraminer, Riesling

Red/Rose:Spätburgunder
loess, loam, volcanic
soil
full, aromatic,
spicy
Sachsen White: Müller-Thurgau,
Weissburgunder, Gewürtraminer
variety of soil,
(sand, porphyry, loam)
dry, crisp, distinctive


Selected websites show other articles on: Germany wines.
This blog also has a post that gives an overview of the German red varieties and another with an overview of the German white varieties.

Top 100 wine voices in 2013

October 29th, 2013

Traffic data shows which wine websites are most popular this year. (Here is the method.) Below is an analysis of this ranking of wine sites.

Apps and magazines

And the winner is…Having an off-line reputation clearly helps. This is easiest for the paper media — as illustrated by the presence in the Top 10 of the Wine Spectator, Wine Enthusiast, Decanter, Dr. Vino and Robert Parker.

Most incumbents are not going away but web apps now also dominate the Top 10. These are Snooth, CellarTracker and Winezap. The top “independent” wine writers are Jamie Goode, Jancis Robinson, Dr. Vino, the French Scout (Please discuss “independent” in the comments.)

In the last few years the wine web offer has immensely diversified. There now are many quality wine critics who blog on line. The Top 100 attempts to highlight writers that you should discover. Only the “better” 20% of the websites are shown. Well, “better” here is not an opinion but an evaluation of which sites are most popular.

How to participate

Websites are automatically included in the contest as soon as I learn of their existence. To be eligible to the next issue of the Cellarer wine directory, the below conditions must be met:

  1. The main topic should be wine.
  2. Producing estates and wine sellers are excluded. Some of them run wonderful websites but the type of information is different.

If you disagree with the directory criteria, please comment below or e-mail me.

Here are the metrics I use for rating the wine sites. You can follow the directory evolution by subscribing to the feed on websites blog RSS.