Best wine sites as of January 2016

January 22nd, 2016

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 10. 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 recent holiday season that at other times of the year. This primarily benefits the information brands. Conversely fewer and fewer people go and visit the small sites; that is why they do not show in the selection. So we may have a vicious circle here: few visitors bring low visibility. You can expect challengers to appear in the next installment in April.

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.

Top 100 wine sites in 2015

October 27th, 2015

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 and Robert Parker.

Most incumbents are not going away but web apps now also dominate the Top 10. When i started this ranking contest, the point was to list the wine voices that counted and those that were upcoming. I considered Wine Searcher to be an aggregator and so i did not include it. Now it appears that Wine Searcher is the wine search engine that won and cannot be avoided. So i included it and it ranks first!

The wine voices that gained most visitors (in proportion) this year are French Scout and Matching Food & Wine.

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.

Best wine websites as of July 2015

July 24th, 2015

Here is the quarterly ranking of websites. Webmasters need not apply as the contest includes all sites. The table shows only the 100 ‘best’ — ‘best’ is evaluated with public website metrics. These permit to include all sites — not just blogs.

Holiday contestSo lie back, relax, and enjoy comments on the results.

Yearly trends

In a year Wine Folly has changed status from one of the promising wine voices to the most trafficked destination. It is even more used than wine apps (but this may change in the next holiday season when lots of people post tasting notes). Obviously other persons are now working at Wine Folly, other than Madeline Puckette the founder. The first personal voice in the stats is the French Scout ranked at number six.

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.

You can follow the directory evolution by subscribing to the feed on websites blog RSS.

Elsewhere

There is a complementary contest: the Wine Blog Awards. It has a focus on US blogs and uses some subjective judgment by peers. The purpose is entirely different to that of the Cellarer ranking, which automatically includes all sites and is limited only by publicly available data (which mostly is not directly influenced by peers).

Top 100 wine sites in June 2015

June 9th, 2015

Here is the quarterly ranking of web sites. Webmasters need not apply as the contest includes all sites. The table shows only the top 100. Selection is done from public website metrics. These figures permit to include all sites — not just blogs.


How to participate

Crowd of competitorsWebsites 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 (and aggregators) are excluded. Some of them run wonderful websites but the type of information is different.
  3. The purpose is to present sites with articles. (But inventories of tasting notes — trackers — are included).

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

You can follow the directory evolution by subscribing to the feed on websites blog RSS.