I have been threatening to do this for some time, and finally I sat down and put into one place all the UK wine blogs and blog-like sites that I have come across, particularly those that are already in my feed reader.
I want to have this list available to distinguish the UK wine blogs from the many other English language blogs around the world, so new readers can find the sites that are most relevant to them , that include the wines they can actually buy, and written by those who understand the UK wine market.
Of course the list could be much more comprehensive, covering a broader range of wine sites. To be honest, that is better left to someone better technically qualified as the list would be long (if you want that, go to AbleGrape.com as I’m sure you’ll find the information you are looking for).
For the purposes of this list, I have chosen to concentrate on those sites that:
- are written in the UK (whether they are about this market or not, or even written in English!)
- provide Opinion, Commentary and/or Tasting Notes. I am not including news sites like Harpers.co.uk because of this, but I have included Decanter as they have a separate blog area, even if it only seems to be used for en-primeur reviews these days, and included JancisRobinson.com as it achieves many of the same objectives even if 50% or more is subscriber only
I have also tried a very basic categorisation. These categories are not strict or mutually exclusive, but they do try to separate the blogs by the type of writing you can expect when following them.
The “Lone Voices” are individuals blogging on their own time and are personal impressions. There are individuals who are also in the Press (Pressing Concerns), so their professional expertise in both content and style separates them somewhat from the others. There are also wine merchants who blog, and their commercial background influences their content to a greater or lesser extent, but their access to winemakers and tastings make them useful sites to follow as well. Finally, there are the other sites, directories, aggregators and social networks.
I’m sure to have missed a few (yes, bloggers ought to do a better job of research, but I can update this list with your input, so effectively this IS my market research).
Hopefully this list will be useful to some other than just sp*mmers. Let me know what you think.
Lone Voices in the Wilderness
Clueless About Wine
Confessions of a Wino
The Daily Wine
Gare Aux Gouts (don’t be surprised if it is in French, the author is based in London though)
Golly’s Wine Drops
Grapefan’s Wine Adventures
Linda’s Wine Blog
The Pinotage Club
Tales of a Sommelier
The Tasting Note
The Wine Conversation (or my original address at wineculture.blogspot.com)
The Wine Doctor
The Wine Post
The Wine Sleuth
3 Little Words by Natasha Hughes
Drinking Outside the Box
Merchants (I’m sure there could be many more here)
Aldi UK (Buying Director’s Blog)
Barrels and Bottles
Berry Bros. & Rudd
Thirst for Rioja (my new blog)
Wine for Spice
Directories, Offers & Aggregators
FeedReel (Directory, including a “latest posts” service)
Love that wine (Social Network)
List Last Updated: 08/09/2008