This is an analysis of the ranking of wine sites.
Apps and magazines
3 websites clearly stand out as the biggest information hubs: the Wine Spectator, the Wine lovers page and Robert Parker’s forum. This in part is explained by their quality. It is also explained by the long time they have been known by wine enthusiasts.
Having an off-line reputation clearly helps. This is easiest for the paper media — as illustrated by the presence in the Top 10 of the Wine Spectator, Decanter, Jancis Robinson and Robert Parker.
The incumbents are not going away but web apps now also dominate the Top 10. These are Snooth, CellarTracker and Winezap.
In the last few years the wine web offer has immensely diversified. There now are many quality wine critics who blog on line. The Top 100 attempts to highlight writers that you should discover. Only the “better” 20% of the websites are shown. Well, “better” here is not an opinion but an evaluation of which sites are more popular.
What other trends can you see from the rankings?
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.