Wine authors that gained authority in early 2010

Here is the quarterly ranking of web sites. Webmasters need not apply as the contest includes all sites. The table shows only the 165 ‘best’ — ‘best’ is evaluated with public website metrics. These figures permit to include all sites — not just blogs.

Herebelow is a story of the poll and an analysis of the results.

Wine authors that just stood out

Crowd of competitorsSome sites have made a strong impact this quarter. The values (the dollars worth) that augmented most were those of:

These sites currently enjoy public recognition and more readers. The sites whose valuations increased tenfold in the past 12 months are:

Fortunately there are many other authors for you to read. Discover them by going through the list.

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.
  3. The purpose is to present sites with articles. This is why inventories of tasting notes (trackers) or cellar applications are excluded.

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.

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


There is a complementary contest: the American 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 publically available data (which mostly is not directly influenced by peers).

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8 Responses to “Wine authors that gained authority in early 2010”

  1. 1WineDude says:

    Interesting evaluation.

    So, how do I sell and who wants to buy? :-)

  2. WineChap is based in NYC, London and Hong Kong. It’s a great website that reviews restaurant wine lists and also has a blog on all things wine related.

    If you don’t know it you should check it out – it’s getting some great feedback from Somms who are happy to see wine lists getting some attention for a change!

  3. Hi Estelle

    I just saw a tweet from wineofcourse about her listing in your current issue. I’m not clear on how to get involved.

    I’m a wine importer and distributor (very small) in New York City and I have a website ( devoted to the producers I represent and to making wine and appellations, etc. less intimidating for consumers (I came from the writing side; I was executive editor of Wine News magazine for about eight years before moving to the buy and resell side) and a blog that is wine-centric ( This stuff is all very new to me.

    How can I participate?

    Many thanks,


  4. Thanks for commenting!

    @ Joe,
    I admit that you are unlikely to sell. But things may change :o

    @ Bethan,
    Indeed WineChap seems sufficiently staffed to cover the subject of wine lists! It is yet too young to have good enough metrics to feature in the top 165.

    @ Todd,
    Your blog would fit into the same category as wine sellers. It may not seem fair to you but the point is to screen out sales promotion (and promote wine writing). What you can do is read the wine bloggers on a regular basis and comment on their blogs.

  5. C’est la guerre! I’m off to read some blogs!!!

  6. David Honig says:

    Excellent. As long as we stay one spot above Joe, we’re happy.

  7. Bill Eyer says:

    Wow, looks like I’m in very good company and surprised to see I made such an auspicious list of wine bloggers. Congratulations to everyone and keep on rock’g in the wine world, cheers!

  8. Limo Services CA says:

    I love coming and seeing where the best wine sites are. You always have the best pulse on these things.