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Posted in Info on Wine, wine blogs with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on September 17, 2009 by ballymote

09_12_63_thumbNo, that isn’t a typo. As hard as it may be to believe there really ARE some wine blogs better than this one. What makes them better? Well, for one thing they are much more comprehensive. For another, they have a more professional appearance; and finally, they are just more informative and cover the entire world of wine.

On this blog, I am trying to keep it local to the SOUTH JERSEY area with a few forays across the river into Philly. You can find reviews of local BYOBs and wine stores in the area. I would suggest you visit the blogs I mention here and see if the wide range of topics they cover may interest you. In no particular order, here are FIVE wine blogs that I think are very well done.

stock-photo-glass-and-bottle-of-wine-over-red-background-23482726The first is called VINOGRAPHY and this may have been the first wine blog ever created back in 2004. Alder Yarrow is the creator of Vinography and here, from his website, is how he describes the birth of his blog. “In late 2003, Vinography founder Alder Yarrow had become the guy that all his friends went to for advice. Thinking that there had to be a better way of answering his friends’ repeated questions about what wines he liked and his favorite restaurants, Alder typed the phrase “wine blog” into Google and got zero results. About three hours later he did the same for the made up word “vinography” and also got zero results. That was the proverbial first day of the rest of his life.”

In addition to all of the great articles available on Vinography there is also a free Aroma Card that helps you identify the flavors in a wine. Check this one out!

Believe it or not, wine blogs are rated for their popularity and a list of the Top 100 Wine Blogs  is published periodically.  The top spot on the wine blog list is being held by FERMENTATION. Tom Wark does a tremendous job of being entertaining as well as informative  and he is a prolific poster; a quality he sights as being essential to a successful blog. Give it a read and see what a #1 ranked blog is all about.

Another guy who does a great job in writing about wine while maintaining a great sense of humor is a local Philly guy named Joe Roberts. Joe is the wine expert behind the very entertaining blog titled 1 WINE DUDE.  On his blog he reviews wines while throwing in a few chuckles few of charge. He is a big fan of Twitter and uses the site to promote wine tastings among followers. For those interested in learning more about wine in a lesson format Joe offers his 1 Wine Dude Guide To Wine Tasting for $7.95 online or $10.95 in a printed format. If you want to have a few genuwine laughs while learning about the goodness of the grape I strongly recommend visiting 1 Wine Dude.

Tyler Colman is Dr. Vino; and having done his PhD dissertation on the political economy of the wine industry in France and the United States he has real claim to the title “DR.”. His blog, DR VINO has received numerous awards and was voted BEST WINE BLOG at the 2007 American Wine Blog Awards. He teaches wine classes at NYU and the University of Chicago and his latest book, A Year of Wine was recently published. There is a ton of informative writing on every aspect of the wine world available at his website so I strongly suggest you take two visits and call Dr. Vino in the morning.

The last blog site I will give is written by Deb Harkness, aka Dr. Debs, a Los Angeles professor who writes about and reviews low priced wines. Dr. Debs is passionate about her subject and her blog GOOD WINE UNDER $20 has won a great many awards for both writing and reviewing. This site is the perfect spot for novices to gain insight into inexpensive wines that are unique and representative of the plethora of great wines that won’t break your budget.

I have listed 5 Wine Blog sites that you might enjoy. There are many more and if you click on the TOP 100 Wine Blogs linked earlier in this post you can get to sample all of them and make you own decisions. Just make sure that you come back home to my SOUTH JERSEY WINE BLOG when you complete your internet travels!