Top 100 wine voices in 2012

This is an analysis of the ranking of wine sites. (Here is the method.)

Apps and magazines

And the winner is…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, Wine Enthusiast, Decanter, Dr. Vino, Jancis Robinson and Robert Parker.

Conversely some pioneers are gone (tv.winelibrary.com) or have seen participation dwindle (Wine lovers page).

Most incumbents are not going away but web apps now also dominate the Top 10. These are Snooth, CellarTracker and Winezap. The top “independent” wine writers are Jamie Goode, Jancis Robinson, Dr. Vino, the French Scout (Please discuss “independent” in the comments.)

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 most popular.

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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One Response to “Top 100 wine voices in 2012”

  1. Thomas Moore says:

    WineMatch is a simple way to look at wine giving you the ability to find wines that are similar to those you already like. This is done by adding them to your favorites. At WineMatch, we use sensory evaluations, chemistry and detailed information on the wine to match one wine with other wines that are similar. The result is a more enjoyable wine experience and fewer wines you dislike.