It’s probably no surprise that when I’m not learning or writing about wine I’m often reading about it. Yes, I’m a little obsessed! But there’s so much to know!
These are some of the places I’ve found online that keep me coming back again and again. They consistently have great stories and information and some of them are written by people I know. If you’re looking to branch out in your wine reading, take a look at these websites.
Wine Spectator is one of the mainstays of the established wine publications. Despite knowing about it for a few years I only really started reading their online articles regularly when I discovered there What Am I Tasting series. You get brief tasting notes and have to guess the country, region, age and varietal of the wine. It’s super tricky but super fun! And I found it very useful when studying for WSET 2 and 3.
Created by sommelier Madeline Puckette, Wine Folly is a giant site full of beginner and intermediate wine information. When I first started Palate Practice, before my WSET courses, Wine Folly was where I turned to get to know a varietal I’d never heard of or figure out what the deal was with a particular region. Madeline’s writing is friendly and informative, kind of like another blog you might know.
Wine All the Time is the brainchild of one Marissa Ross, and is one of those wine blogs that I have mixed feelings about. On the one hand, it’s funny and casual and informative and beautiful and I love that. On the other hand, it’s super similar to how I think about and drink wine but is not something I created and I hate that. Regardless, I still love reading each post and now have the pleasure of following Ross’ writing at Bon Appetit. Talk about moving up in the world.
The Sparkling Winos are a couple of Toronto-based guys who have built an entire entertaining, gorgeous-looking blog out of talking about sparkling wine. I had actually tooled around the idea of having Palate Practice being wholly devoted to sparklings so I am totally here for the Winos’ party. Their writing is super approachable and fun and, much like here at Palate Practice, they highlight Ontario wine quite a bit.
That last blog, which is also the one closest to my heart, is When Wine Sings. This blog is written by my friend Cat, who is currently finishing up a Masters program in winemaking at the University of Bordeaux. Last year Cat did an internship in the Alsace, which she talked about a lot in the blog. This year she’s at Tawse Winery in Niagara and I’m so looking forward to reading about that adventure here too. If you’re wondering what it’s like to work with the vines and in the winemaking facilities, this blog will show it to you.
Well, that’s it, all my wine website secrets! I hope you enjoy them and learn something new, there’s certainly no shortage of cool wine trivia out there.