Here is the quarterly ranking of websites. Webmasters need not apply as the contest includes all sites. The table shows only the 200 ‘best’ — ‘best’ is evaluated with public website metrics. These permit to include all sites — not just blogs.
So lie back, relax, and enjoy my comments on the results.
The sites who gained most visitors in 12 months are Snooth, Cellar Tracker and French Scout. A common point between them is that they are practical: the 1st two are tasting note apps and the 3rd one is a learning guide.
On the contrary sites that lost most valuation read like magazines. Do people have less time to browse but wish to actually do something out of the Web? What do you think?
Most of the top 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 still is the country the most present on the Web, they still dominate the English-speaking culture and, for the first time ever in 2010, people in the United States sipped more wine than any other nation. By contrast only 17 percent of people in France drink wine regularly.
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:
- The main topic should be wine.
- 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 .
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).