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Best wine websites as of July 2015

Friday, July 24th, 2015

Here is the quarterly ranking of websites. Webmasters need not apply as the contest includes all sites. The table shows only the 100 ‘best’ — ‘best’ is evaluated with public website metrics. These permit to include all sites — not just blogs.

Holiday contestSo lie back, relax, and enjoy comments on the results.

Yearly trends

In a year Wine Folly has changed status from one of the promising wine voices to the most trafficked destination. It is even more used than wine apps (but this may change in the next holiday season when lots of people post tasting notes). Obviously other persons are now working at Wine Folly, other than Madeline Puckette the founder. The first personal voice in the stats is the French Scout ranked at number six.

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.

You can follow the directory evolution by subscribing to the feed on websites blog RSS.

Elsewhere

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).

Top 100 wine sites in June 2015

Tuesday, June 9th, 2015

Here is the quarterly ranking of web sites. Webmasters need not apply as the contest includes all sites. The table shows only the top 100. Selection is done from public website metrics. These figures permit to include all sites — not just blogs.


How to participate

Crowd of competitorsWebsites 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 (and aggregators) are excluded. Some of them run wonderful websites but the type of information is different.
  3. The purpose is to present sites with articles. (But inventories of tasting notes — trackers — are included).

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 blog RSS.

Best wine sites as of January 2015

Friday, February 6th, 2015

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 250. Herebelow is an analysis of the results.

The big guns

Two Fort Riley soldiers compete in the 2005 Best Ranger Competition

More people look for food or wine information on the Web in the Autumn that in other seasons. This primarily benefits the information brands. This semester the sites that gained most traffic were (in decreasing order): Snooth, the Wine Spectator, CellarTracker, Wine Enthusiast, Wine Folly.

Conversely fewer and fewer people go and visit the small sites, I mean the ones that do not show in the selection because they are not enough visited. So we may have a vicious circle here : few visitors bring low visibility.

Diversity

The recent holiday season has favoured the big sites again. Yet challengers already show in this list. You can expect some to rise higher in the next installment in April.

Everybody and their wine supplier now has a blog. Here is a list of only quality wine critics. So go on a reading journey by browsing the list of 100 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.

Top 100 wine voices in 2014

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

Traffic data shows which wine websites are most popular this year. (Here is the method.) Below is an analysis of this ranking of wine sites.

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 and Robert Parker.

Most incumbents are not going away but web apps now also dominate the Top 10.

In the last few years the wine web offer has immensely diversified. There now are many quality wine critics who blog on line. The Traveling Wine Chick and the Wine Predator have just entered the Top 100 wine voices. 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.