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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.

Best wine websites as of July 2014

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

Here is the quarterly ranking of websites. Webmasters need not apply as the contest includes all sites. The table shows only the 250 ‘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

It’s confirmed: people use wine apps much more than wine forums now.

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 500 cooking blogs in 2014

Friday, June 13th, 2014

Here is Cellarer’s guide to the most popular cooking blogs. The contest includes all personal sites but the table shows only the 500 ‘best’ — ‘best’ is evaluated with public website metrics.

A comprehensive pool of candidates

I retrieve the metrics of about a thousand websites.

The multitude against the big

I chose to exclude magazines, that is sites that are written by many contributors. Press and firms have their means of getting known. I’d rather promote unique voices (blogs). So the top food blogs is a convenient tool for getting to know prominent culinary authors. Please tell me if you spot an item in the list that would have more than 2 contributors.

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 best recipe blogs, the below conditions must be met:

  1. The main topic should be cooking.
  2. The articles must be written by no more than two persons (not a team) — so as to screen firms.

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

How to discover cooking blog posts

There are ways to discover food-related sites. Here is the list of the best French food blogs. Selected blog posts are listed in the Cellarer planet.

Top 100 wine sites in April 2014

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

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.