Best wine websites as of July 2008

I have searched the web for sites about wine. I think I now have a pretty comprehensive pool (of 260 sites). Webmasters need not apply as the contest includes all sites. I display only the 120 ‘best’ — ‘best’ is evaluated with public website metrics.

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

A comprehensive pool of candidates

I have expanded the set of websites that I retrieve metrics for. Their number has grown from 180 to 260 this quarter. This list cannot be the complete list of all the websites about wine but I propose that it is coming close.

Newcomers

Some sites are appearing for the first time. The highest ranked sites of these newly appeared sites (Avenue Vine, Jancis Robinson and Wine Review Online) are not new at all: they just were not known at the time of the previous website pool. This shows that this directory is an opportunity for everybody to discover websites (starting with myself).

Off-line support

You may notice that half the biggest websites are supported — and promoted — by off-line operations. They are Web appendices of successful non-Internet ventures: the Wine Spectator, The Pour, eRobertParker, Avenue Vine, Wine Enthusiast, Jancis Robinson, Natalie McLean.

USA dominates

Stephen Colbert cleans the American flagThe first 8 websites stem from operations based in the US. The majority of the listed sites are written from that country. The following facts may contribute: the USA are still the country the most present on the Web, they still dominate the English-speaking culture and they are on a trend to become the top wine drinking country in the world.

Foreigners

So here is a sample of excellent websites which have pure players (without offline operations) and not based in the USA:

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.

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Once the above conditions are fulfilled the websites are also considered for addition to another tool: a search engine dedicated to wine and food.

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3 Responses to “Best wine websites as of July 2008”

  1. I thought I would throw my hat in the ring as a wine blog. I am a bit different than most as I tend to concentrate on wine education and tourism, rather than wine ratings. I save my wine ratings for my long running newsletter. I found you on OpenWine Consortium and didn’t see my blog on your list. I don’t expect to win awards, but it is always nice to be included in a compilation of wine blogs.

  2. Terry Hughes says:

    Thanks for the decent rating. But where did you get that monthly traffic figure? It’s more like a daily one, dude.

  3. Welcome Terry,
    The traffic figures are derived from a public service provided by Compete.com. In your case it shows no traffic whatsoever which obviously is not fair. The quality and reputation of your site prompts to your traffic being actually higher (than zero), which is why the traffic metrics shown is higher. This is done for all sites with the same problem as yours. You can sort sites by their traffic metrics by clicking on the right column header.
    On the other hand Mondosapore had a good ranking in July thanks to the PR which then was at 6. I guess it will not get higher than that until you get bought by a big firm