Best wine websites as of January 2008

I spent months reading websites about wine; I came to discover that there are a lot of them. Now I have assessed them and ranked only the 50 ‘best’.

Herebelow is an analysis of the results.

The big guns

Two Fort Riley soldiers compete in the 2005 Best Ranger CompetitionThe traffic levels are very much below those of mainstream operations.
Yet a few sites dominate the pack. This is partly due to their early appearance on the Web (Wine Spectator, Wine lovers page). It is also partially because they have the weight of an offline publication behind them (Wine Spectator, the New York Times, Wine Advocate).

The challengers are Vinography and Dr. Vino.

Diversity

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. Some belong to the mainstream media, others not.
You can have your voice too and this is good for eveybody — except some big brands.
In this pack of numerous wine websites, however, some rise steadily by virtue of:

  • producing consistently good content that people want to read;
  • or being regularly cited by their peers.

Two consistent sites doubled their valuation this quarter: Wine weekly to #24 and Gollywinedrops to #42.

How to participate

For a website 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.
  3. Either the PageRank is at least 4 or the number of visitors is at least 1,000 per month.

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

Once the above conditions are fulfilled the best ranked websites are considered for addition to a search engine dedicated to wine and food.

Here are the criteria I use for ranking the sites. You can follow the directory evolution by subscribing to the feed on websites blog RSS or by subscribing to the mailing list about website optimization.

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10 Responses to “Best wine websites as of January 2008”

  1. Barry Fowden says:

    Mine blog is:
    Barry’s Wine Notes & Memories
    at
    http://barrys-wine.blogspot.com/

    I would like to be included…if I am eligible..in your list of Best Wine Websites

    Best Regards

    Barry Fowden

  2. Thank you Barry for your interest. Your site is eligible and will be processed with the other 180 candidates in the next batch in April. Only the top 80 sites will appear.

  3. Edward Hayes says:

    Please consider my site for tracking. Total Wine Insider reviews wines, provides food matching recipes, articles on wine, etc. I only review wines that are widley available and easily aquired, most under $50.

  4. Hello Edward. Thank you for the heads-up. I am now tracking your blog. It is still very young so we’ll see how it performs in the future.

  5. Hey Estelle,

    Great website. Great idea! Is Chateau Petrogasm eligible?

    Benjamin Saltzman
    http://www.chateaupetrogasm.com

  6. Amy says:

    hey is West Coast wine country Adventures eligible? we have over 100 visits a month not sure of page rank

  7. Barry, Edward, Benjamin, Amy,
    Thank you for your interest. Your sites are in the list of 200 sites that I will process for the next issue in a month. The data crunching will rank the sites and only the highest sites will appear.

  8. Chuck says:

    Hi Estelle, Cool Idea on the Listings !

    Here’s my site-blog hybrid:
    http://nosnob.com

    It’s young but feisty :)

    Chuck

  9. The following batch of ratings is here.

  10. Evening… I would like my wine blog to be under consideration please

    pullthecorkout.com

    Regards,

    Laney North-Bennett