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
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…
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:
- The main topic should be wine.
- 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 .
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.
||Major wine types
rich in minerals
||White: Riesling, Müller-Thurgau, Silvaner
||loess, loam, quartzite, porphyry
||fruity, crisp, stylish
Scheurebe, Gewürztraminer,Muller-Thurgau, Kerner, Silvaner
Red/Rose: Spätburgunder, Portugieser
|loam, weathered limestone
||full, aromatic, round
(Pinot Gris), Müller-Thurgau,
|loess, loam, volcanic
|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