Best wine sites as of January 2011

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 200. Herebelow is an analysis of the results.

The big guns

Two Fort Riley soldiers compete in the 2005 Best Ranger Competition

In the Autumn, many people look for food or wine information on the Web. This primarily benefits the established brands. This semester the sites that gained most traffic were (in decreasing order): Snooth, Wine Spectator, Wine Anorak, Decanter and French Scout. 3 of them are long established destinations but French Scout and Snooth seem outsiders to me. (Please disagree by placing a comment below.) The site that gained most traffic this year was Snooth thank to 100,000 more visitors. (Compare here traffic of tasting note trackers.) The second best yearly increment (Wine Anorak’s) is ten times less!
I would argue that Snooth (ranked 1st) and French Scout (13th) made their way to popularity by:

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

Diversity

The recent holiday season has favoured the big sites. You can expect challengers to rise 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. Some belong to the mainstream media, others not. So go on a reading journey by browsing the list of 200 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:

  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.

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10 Responses to “Best wine sites as of January 2011”

  1. Wine Harlots says:

    I’m not finding your email address on the site. The email link goes to your bio, and I don’t see an address there. Thanks.

  2. Thanks for your hard work pulling this together! Could we be included in your next wine site edition?

    http://enobytes.org/wine_blog/

    Cheers!
    Pamela

  3. Pamela, The Wine Harlots,
    Thank you for stopping by. I’ll add your respective sites to the next contest, in April.
    My email address is here.

  4. If you get a chance please checkout our Wine profiling system at ViniCode.com We would love to be included in any upcoming contests or events.
    Thanks
    Erik

  5. My wine site has been up for nearly a year now, contains 400 posts, and averages over 300 unique visitors a day. I hope you’ll consider it for inclusion in the next issue of the Cellarer wine directory. And thanks for compiling these links. I’m looking forward to checking out wine blogs here that are new to me.

    warm regards,
    Richard

  6. Avvinare says:

    Hello,
    Thank you for putting together this great list and ranking. I would love to be included. My blog is http://avvinare.com. I write about wine and have a strong focus on Italy and women in wine.

    Keep up the good work.

    Merci bien.

    Susannah

  7. Susannah – your blog will compete in April.
    Richard – your blog does not rank high enough to show yet.
    Erik – you seem to have a nice product but products are not the scope here.

  8. Avvinare says:

    Estelle-
    Thank you so much for putting my blog into the mix. I appreciate that and all that you are doing for the industry.
    Susannah

  9. kevin keith says:

    Wanting to see if I can participate in the next contest. I’ve been at this since 2008, with over 930 posts. I write from the perspective of a wine retail insider, but my blog does not represent the opinions of my employer.

  10. Kevin,
    I’ll include your blog in the next rounds.