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Best wine websites as of July 2011

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

Here is the quarterly ranking of websites. Webmasters need not apply as the contest includes all sites. The table shows only the 200 ‘best’ — ‘best’ is evaluated with public website metrics. These permit to include all sites — not just blogs.

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

Being useful

The sites who gained most visitors in 12 months are Snooth, Cellar Tracker and French Scout. A common point between them is that they are practical: the 1st two are tasting note apps and the 3rd one is a learning guide.
On the contrary sites that lost most valuation read like magazines. Do people have less time to browse but wish to actually do something out of the Web? What do you think?

USA dominates

Stephen Colbert cleans the American flagMost of the top websites stem from operations based in the US. The majority of the listed sites are written from that country. The following facts may contribute: the USA still is the country the most present on the Web, they still dominate the English-speaking culture and, for the first time ever in 2010, people in the United States sipped more wine than any other nation. By contrast only 17 percent of people in France drink wine regularly.

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).

Blogs with vegan recipes

Monday, May 16th, 2011

Where to find the best vegan recipes? You may enter a food type in the search box above or you may browse the current list of top blogs. The contest includes all personal sites but the table shows only the 10 ‘best’ — ‘best’ is evaluated with public website metrics.

Definitions

Veganism is the personal practice of eliminating the use of non-human animal products. Dietary vegans or strict vegetarians avoid animal products in their diet. So the websites concerned here should show recipes without dairy or eggs.

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 topic should be vegan 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.

Top 100 wine sites in April 2011

Friday, April 29th, 2011

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.

Herebelow is an analysis of the results.

Trackers and apps

In the previous installment I started adding wine applications and tasting note pads. The list should now be complete. The wine non-blogs that stand at the top of this top 100 are: Snooth, Cork’d (no longer updated), Cellar Tracker, eRobertParker, Vinquire, Winezap.

Wine authors that just stood out

Crowd of competitorsThe sites that gained most visitors this quarter were:

Fortunately there are many other authors for you to read. Discover them by going through the list.

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.
  3. The purpose is to present sites with articles. This is why inventories of tasting notes (trackers) or cellar applications are excluded.

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.

Top 500 cooking blogs in 2011

Friday, February 18th, 2011

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.

Herebelow is an overview of the results.

A comprehensive pool of candidates

The number of websites that I retrieve metrics for is a gigantic 850.

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.