Top 100 wine blogs in 2011

This is an analysis of the ranking of wine sites.

Apps and magazines

And the winner is…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.

The sites that increased most traffic this quarter are: French Scout (a reference guide), Wine lovers page (a discussion forum), and Cellar Tracker.

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:

  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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8 Responses to “Top 100 wine blogs in 2011”

  1. Gavin says:

    Why is ‘The Wine Guy’ – wine blog by Gavin Hubble not listed?

  2. Gavin – Thank you for mentioning your blog. I’ll include it in the panel for the next installments.

  3. Kovas says:

    My wine site is too new to break into the top 100, but would love for it to be considered for inclusion in the directory.

    50 States Of Wine
    http://www.50statesofwine.com

    Thanks!

  4. Gavin says:

    Thank you for your reply and including my wine blog in your next review.
    Most appreciated.
    Kind Regards,
    Gavin

  5. Pretty great post. I simply stumbled upon your weblog and wanted to mention that I have really enjoyed browsing your weblog posts. After all I will be subscribing for your rss feed and I’m hoping you write again very soon!

  6. Gavin says:

    Thank you for your positive comments, hope you enjoy other articles already posted on my wine blog, plus future posts…
    Cheers!

  7. Joeshico says:

    Don’t know if my blog would ever make the top 100, but would like to have it included with your next installment. It’s been around for over three years, so you may already have it listed among the 500.
    Why Wine Blog
    http://whywineblog.com

    Thanks and Happy New Year
    Joe

  8. Hello,
    my name is Joakim Råhberg, living in Stockholm, Sweden. Have a wineblog named Barolista. Have about a 1000 viewers/month right now.
    Thanks for getting on the list! :-)

    Best regards
    /Joakim