Out in the wonderful world of the internet, or whatever you prefer to call it, there are tons and tons of resources. Filtering through and finding the best resources is time consuming and often stressful. You don’t know which opinions to trust and you certainly don’t have the time to do research on your research.
I’ve compiled a brief list of some wine related resources that over the past few years I have found to be reliable, worthwhile and trusted. Whether you already know a lot about wine, are just starting to learn or you are currently trying to figure out if you want to know more, these resources will be a wonderful addition to your reading! Over the next few weeks I will be sharing this list of resources.
In my opinion, and many others, Wine Spectator is one of the absolute best resources out there. No matter where you fall on the wine loving spectrum there is something for you! It is a wonderful resource because not only does it offer a very wide range of information, but you can also get the information in print or on the web.
The magazine comes out 15 times every year and each issue contains wine news, entertainment articles, tasting notes, anywhere from 400-1,000 wine reviews and more. The articles are great for learning the ins-and-outs of wine, gaining insight into wineries and wine makers around the world, understanding various wine regions, hearing about the less popular grape varieties and the list goes on and on. Each wine review is based on a 100-point scale which is determined through blind-tastings by the Wine Spectator’s critics.
If you don’t want a magazine then you can access all of the information on their website through their paid monthly membership. They allow a 14-day free trial so you can try it out before paying. I personally love receiving the over-sized, wonderful magazine in the mail and am fortunate enough to have had the subscription gifted to me over the past two years.
For no fee at all you can still access a multitude of information on their website. Some of the resources you can access without a membership include:
- Daily wine picks by price range
- The Wine Spectator Top 100 List
- A variety of news and feature articles
- Wine term glossary
- Wine 101 Basics
- Fun games like ‘What am I tasting?’
- Small selection of ‘Wine How-To’ Videos
- Blog posts from Wine Spectator Editors and guest writers
- Wine shop database
- Access to and the ability to join in the discussion on the forum
Visit the site now, look around, read a little and come back to share what you think!