Web-logs. I remember when they first came along back in the late 90’s, early 00’s. At that time newly coined portmanteau seemed to spread across the web like an allergic reaction to poison oak on my legs. They were set for controversy, with opinions rife causing some grief and a fair share of strife. However, blogs and blogging have evolved nicely over the years, with improvements in graphics, ease of use, and best of all, in the quality of writing from the bloggers themselves, which has lead to their acceptance as trusted sources of information for winos the world over. Some may lament the supposed passing of “true wine journalism”, but for a blog to be mentioned here, the blogger has to offer more than just whip snap opinion. They have to be trustworthy, insightful, and enjoyable.
So, in the ephemeral world of the web, what is it that makes a blog a Top Pick for me? Is it a stratospheric number of unique visitors? Is it the wordy and nerdy nonsense that they say? Is it cool graphics? Well, yes and no to all of those criteria. Additionally, as a well-schooled wino and blogging boy, they need to offer me, a discerning wine professional, something more, a tangible connection to the stories, people, places and lifestyles that make fine wine such great fun. They should also offer unique tidbits and stories that entice readers to come back for more. So, here, in no particular order of importance, are a few blogs that set lofty heights for others to aspire.
Waiver: Should your blog or your favourite blog not be listed, apologies, but had to whittle down a large group to get to 25. Didn't even rank my own ramblings!
Isabelle Legeron MW
Just like it says, she is a crazy French Woman in love with natural wines…and an MW!
Line up all your wine travel knowledge here, or travel vicariously through the site.
Insider tips on what to drink
Torsten & Julian
A double dose of blogesphere goodness devoted, mainly, to German wine.
Yet another Oddbins alum and wine journo sharing thoughts on the vinosphere.
Not at all about the sauce, unless you think wine is sauce…it can be, but this isn’t.
Wine journo’s tasting notes. Insightful and fun.
http://jancisrobinson.com Jancis Robinson
The grand dame of the UK wine world of wine writing, upon whose purple pages the wine world spins.
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