Last week, our fearless leader Valerie wrote about some of the adventures she had while educating herself about wine. Since she ended with a recommendation to find a few wine blogs that you like, it seemed like a good idea to share some of our favorites with you. Hopefully this will give you a glimpse of what’s out there and inspire you to do a little sleuthing on your own to find wine blogs suited to your personal taste.
I follow an embarrassing number of wine blogs, so instead of bombarding you with my reading arsenal, I’ve narrowed it down to a somewhat balanced “Top 5” list. While I enjoy them all, I didn’t just grab my 5 favorite favorites, rather I tried to compile a variety of writing styles and informative sources.
In no particular order, I’ll begin with Wine Peeps. I enjoy this blog because it’s independent and kept current by its authors – two couples who are also friends. These writers are on a quest to find the world’s best wines, and are dedicated to helping you get the most bang for your buck. They do this by experiencing lots of cool, wine-related activities together, including conducting monthly “blind” wine tasting dinners and field trips to vineyards. Based out of Seattle, Washington, they tend to focus on the wines of that region.
The Wine Wankers is my go-to wine blog because they’re just so awesome. I read them for fun even when I’m not researching wine or looking for something new to try. They’re informative too, mind you, not just all fun and games. They present their findings in a fresh and “cheeky” manner that begs to be read. Culling diverse, wine-related information from around the globe and sharing it on their blog with humor, wit, and beautiful photographs, these Wankers are not to be missed! I’d recommend that you start at the top and read about the authors first, and then enjoy your journey through their blog.
My favorite thing about Reverse Wine Snob is its accessibility. The name says it all – rather than a bourgeoisie commercial blog trying to sell you expensive wines, it’s a practical wine review that champions the under $20 bottle. In addition to their excellent reviews, they also have an interactive spreadsheet that you can use to create your own list of favorites, as well as providing you with links where to buy them. They assert that being a ‘Reverse Wine Snob’ is all about breaking the “price equals quality” equation and judging wine based on your own preferences. What a concept! Check out their Ten Tenets of Reverse Wine Snobbery and dive right in – they have something for everyone! (RWS + VV = a match made in heaven, by the way.)
I’ve borrowed my description of Tim Atkins‘ blog from WineTurtle because, frankly, I couldn’t say it better myself! So without further ado, “Tim Atkin is a writer for a multitude of wine publications and wears many different hats in the wine business. He covers all topics, including pairing wine with recipes and even musical selections, a wine of the day, tasting notes, and more. The page is a great source of information, with articles detailing how to make it in the wine business as well as descriptions of the wine he prefers. It is an easy to navigate, well-maintained page.”
Another fave is Natalie Maclean. Her site has it all! Wine reviews, brilliant pairing advice, videos, recipes, how-to tips…you name it. If Natalie hasn’t written about it, one of her friends or contributors has and it’s on her blog, which is really easy to navigate. She conveys information with an easy style that’s a pleasure to read, and I just adore her sense of humor. Plus, she’s won, like, a million awards! Enjoy this little clip, then head on over to Natalie’s blog and read your heart out.
I hope this information is helpful as continue your journey through the wonderful world of wine. I urge you to be curious, willing to take a few risks, and to have fun! While wine can sometimes seem like such a serious business, in the end it’s whether or not you’re enjoying the ride that matters most. Cheers!