Hosting a holiday party or special family occasion? Want to learn more about wines? Interested in building a home wine cellar? Do you enjoy drinking wine casually to unwind at the end of the day? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you’re in the perfect place. Welcome to Drink & Be Merry! Guide to the Top Wine Blogs.
Let us help you through the wonderful world of wines. Through this article you can virtually visit wineries and learn about the ins and outs of the wine industry. Learn how to choose the perfect wine for any occasion or meal. Get to know winemaker as well as discovering new wines. You’ll also read some amazing reviews on hundreds of thousands of various wines.
How to Use This Guide
We have planned this guide in a way we hope is easy to read and follow. What you’ll find:
- Blog title
- Blog owners name (if available)
- Blog URL
- Blog description
- Key features
- Additional information (when applicable)
These best way to learn more about any subject is to participate in opportunities. Here are ways you can get involved:
- Subscribe to newsletters and email updates
- Join forums and meet other wine enthusiasts
- Interesting in contributing to a blog? Contact the blog owner
- Try news wines! We bet you’ll fine one ore more new wines while reading this article!
Top Wine Blogs
VINO TRAVELS – AN ITALIAN WINE BLOG
Jennifer is a certified Italian Wine Specialist. Her blog is inspired by her Italian heritage, love of Italy, and passion for wine. Join Jennifer on her journey through the world of Italian wines. Here she shares in-depth posts on wineries, Italian winemakers, and wines she has tasted.
About Vino Travels
My Book: Planning Your Dream Wedding in Tuscany
Work with Vino Travels
Additional Information: If you wish to work with Vino Travels, use the Contact page to submit your ideas. Also, you’ll find Jennifer has created a page for each Italian town in which she’s traveled. You’ll find this list on her Home page, left side.
WINE BLOG – JUICY TALES BY JO DIAZ
Jo embarked on her wine journey in 1993. She’s worked for several wine brands. She also founded the Oregon Pinot Gris marketing group in 2011. Jo has been published in many media outlets, as well. This is an award-winning blog that is nicely written. Jo writes about her experiences with wine. She considers her wine her blog journal.
Home (this is where you’ll find the latest blog posts)
Jo Diaz (her bio)
DALLAS WINE CHICK
Melanie does not claim to be a wine expert. She does however feel passionate about wine. The focus of her blog is simply to share. Share her love of wine along with her experiences. Her hope is to build a community of those just learning about wine, experts, and everyone in between.
General Wine Sites
VINTAGES WINE PICKS & REVIEWS
A copy of Vintages Magazine was the catalyst for Jason’s wine journey. He used that magazine to create a “wish list” of wines he wanted to try. His passion for wine grew. His mission now with this blog is to help readers find top quality wines at affordable prices.
Home (this is where you’ll find Jason’s posts)
Wine Writers I Follow
Lisa is a wine educator, writers, and wine business consultant. Her philosophy is “Wine should be fun, sometimes contemplative and never intimidating.” Her goal with this blog is to celebrate the best wines. She also discusses winemakers and “experiences from Australia to London and beyond.” Read her About page to see her thoughts on rating wines.
Tags & Categories
THE FERMENTED FRUIT
Ryan’s blog was created because of his love of wine. He doesn’t provide an expert’s opinion. Instead, he provides a most valuable opinion from a consumer’s point of view. His mission with this blog is to find and share great wines with great value.
Home (this is where you’ll find Ryan’s posts)
Blogs Worth a Sip
Where to Buy Wine
Lori Hoyt Budd
Dracaena Wines is a retailer but don’t let that keep you from visiting the site. They have an absolutely fantastic blog. You’ll want to be sure to visit Whinephabet Street – so much fun! Also, visit the Home page. Read their story and how this venture was inspired by love for Lori Hoyt Budd
‘s beloved Weimaraner, Draco.
List to our Podcast (available on Apple Podcasts and Google Play)
AUSTRALIAN WINE REVIEWS – AND BEYOND
Thomas calls himself a “very interested amateur wine taster and drinker.” While he may be an amateur, he certainly possesses great knowledge. Thomas has collected wines since 1983. In addition, he has a collection of 1,500 wines. His blog is informative and easy to follow. He writes great posts on feature wines.
Home (this is where you’ll find blog posts
Labels (this is an extensive list)
Dave Nershi, Publisher
Formerly Toledo Wines and Vines, Vino-Sphere focuses on wine, travel, and food. Dave is an award-winning writer so you can be sure you will be reading high-quality posts. Vino-Sphere covers the following topics: wine reviews, accessories, wine-related books as well as wine regions and destinations.
Media Kit (also the About information)
Samples & Review Policy
Post by Labels
COSTCO WINE BLOG
You might be surprised to learn Costco has a great selection of wines. So great that Andrew felt compelled to create this blog. He, along with fans of Costco wines, contribute to the site. You’ll find this is the largest independent review source for Costco wines.
Review and Sample Policy
Find a Costco
Best of 2016
Additional Information: This blog has a sister site about wine which can be found here.
Thea, the founder of Luscious Lushes is a Certified Specialist of Spirits and a Certified Specialist of Wine. She’s currently working on her MBA from the Sonoma University Wine MBA Program. Her goal with this blog is to share her knowledge of great wines. She also aims to discuss new wines and the impact of social media on the wine industry.
Cocktails & Spirits
Women Wine Writers
Twitter Landing Page
1 WINE DUDE
The blog’s tagline reads”Serious wine talk for the not so serious drinker.” Joe is, in a word, fun. His blog is, as well. If you are searching for well-written and often humourous posts, this is the wine blog for you. Be sure to visit the About page/Start Here to learn more about Joe in addition to reading about how he rates wines.
Stuff You Should Visit
TEXAS WINE LOVER
Jeff began this blog in 2011. His initial goal was to promote wines from Texas. While he and his team do that, Texas Wine Lover is much more. Here you will find product reviews and news about the Texas wine industry as well as information on non-Texas wines.
Craig spent years working in Italy to learn the art of wine-making. He has revolutionized wine-making and marketing for winemakers. Today, he is GM of his own company, Troon Vineyard. This is an excellent site for anyone interested in learning the ins and outs of making wine and the industry itself.
Wine Camp Blog
Wine Photography by Craig Camp (amazing photos!)
The Risotto Lesson
Craig Camp in the Press
1337 Wine should be your go-to Leet wine resource. What makes this blog stand out is Mark’s creativity and unique approach. This is the home of 1337 Wine TV. Watch for wine reviews and wine education. Mark also does Skype tastings as well as interviews winemakers. He also interviews others in the wine industry. This is quite the fun blog.
About 1337 Wine (also contact info and the technology behind 1337 Wine)
1337 Wine TV
RED, WHITE, AND CRU
Erik has created a fantastic blog in which to share his passion for wine. He doesn’t focus only on taste. Erik also discusses the art/science involved in making, marketing, and distributing wine. His goal is to share his appreciation of wine as well as share a consumer’s perspective on the wine industry.
Consumer Wine Tips
Wine & Social Media
Wineries Worth Visiting
About Erik Johnson
Wine Sample Policy
Additional Information: Be sure to scroll to the bottom of the Home page for more features and information.
JORDAN VINEYARD & WINERY
Jordan Winery Staff, Founders
Jordan Vineyard and Winery was established in 1972. It was inspired by the wine estates in France. Jordan produces one of the top Cabernet Sauvignon brands in California. This blog offers a riveting history of the winery in addition to behind the scene details and photo essays. While you are here, look for chef tips, how-two videos, party planning advice and travel suggestions.
Jean Baptiste-Ancelot, Founder and Writer
Jean-Baptiste or JB, founded Wine Explorers for a purpose. The concept, to quote, “To travel the whole planet of wine.” The objective of JB and his team is to make available a worldwide scope of information concerning the heritage of wines. This is a beautifully created blog. It’s worth a visit to share the journey with JB and company.
At the age of 15, Casey got a job as a winery cellar hand. Since that time she developed an interest in wine. That interest has grown into a passion. Her philosophy is, “If you like it, drink it and enjoy every last drop!” This is an enjoyable blog with information and well-written posts.
Perth BYO Restaurants
Additional Information: Casey has partnered with The Wine Gallery to offer a monthly subscription box. Subscribers get 3 wines per month to try. For more information, visit the Wine Club page.
BERRY BROS. & RUDD WINE
Simon Berry, Chairman
This is a simple yet informational blog. The archives date back to September 2007 so there is plenty to learn here. Berry Bros. & Rudd Wine are Britain’s original wine and spirit merchant. They date back to the 17th century. You can be sure you are getting expert information here from a team of contributors.
Archives (sorted by recent, articles, categories, months and tags)
Additional Information: Be sure to visit the About page to read more about the history of Berry Bros. & Rudd Wine. Also, take time to learn about the services they offer.
Stuart grew up around wineries and pubs. This led to his fascination with all things wine-related. He defines a vinsomniac as “a person who suffers from vinsomnia, the ability to obtain sufficient sleep through constantly thinking about wine and related matters.” His lack of sleep (he suffers from sleep apnea) gives him plenty of time to “drink, think, try to understand, write, and share.” On his blog you’ll find nicely written reviews along with additional details about each wine.
ONE FOOT IN THE GRAPES
It was a trip to Chablis and the Wine Aroma Cellar that led Jane to switch careers. She took a turn from 30 years in journalism to freelance writing and wine tasting. One Foot in the Grapes started as a newspaper column. It has grown into an amazing blog full of valuable information about wine.
Wine Tasting Packages
Cara’s belief is that wine goes with everything. Her feeling is wine shouldn’t be limited to a glass. To quote her, “It an environment, a perspective, a conversation.” She’s attended Master Classes and conducted an in-depth study of wine. Once you’ve read her blog, you’ll see she’s supported her beliefs and feelings with great knowledge.
Grapes (excellent resource for information on all types of grapes)
Label Lore (extensive list of words/definitions used on wine labels)
Sample and Disclosure Policies
Pour by Grape or Blend
Pour by Category
ROCKIN’ RED BLOG
Rockin’ Red is an award-winning blog. The creator, Michelle Williams is a freelance writer who has appeared in numerous popular publications. She has an affinity for pairing wine with music. She also enjoys finding links between wine and religious history. Her blog is not only for wine lovers. Those enjoy food and travel will also have an interest in Rockin’ Red.
Home (this is where you’ll find latest blog posts)
Dining in Dallas
Blogs I Follow
Wine Compass blog is a companion to the Wine Compass app. The app is available for iPhone and Android. Todd and his team travel the world searching for the best wines, beers, and spirits. Follow the blog to join them on their exciting journey.
The Compass Craft Beverage Finder Mobile App
The United Grapes of America
Lesser Known Wine Regions
Ballparks & Brews
Virginia Wine TV
My JoogTV Episodes
Wine Blogs I Follow
COME FOR THE WINE
Marcy is the founder and Executive Director of Writing Between the Vines – Vineyard Retreat for Writers. If you are a wine lover and literary artist, you can read more about the retreat here. It is for writers of all genres. This blog is dedicated to the local wine scene in Sonoma and Napa. Marcy writes captivating posts about her travels experiences to various wine regions.
Home (this is where you’ll find blog posts)
Articles, Books, and Other Works
Wine Tourism Links
Writing Between the Vines
Odd Bacchus is “dedicated to drinking the unusual and obscure.” Rob has his reasons for this. Good ones. You see, Rob writes about inexpensive wines (think less than $15 a bottle) that taste great. His goal is to find unusual and delicious wines with a price that won’t break the bank. By doing this Rob is helping to support “the little guy.” Most of the wines and spirits Rob writes about come from small producers that don’t have big budgets for marketing. His efforts should be recognized and commended. This is an information blog with creative and witty posts.
Reading & Reference (Rob’s recommended reading)
Why Drink Odd?
Lorie refers to herself as a “professional amateur wine expert.” Sounds a bit confusing but it truly is an apt description. She is an independent wine consultant who takes advantage of all learning opportunities. She’s also earned her Wine Century certificate. Her goal is to make positive contributions to the education of new wine enthusiasts. Here you’ll find wine reviews, news about events, valuable resources plus more.
About (her credentials are impressive!)
New England Wine Links
RED WINE PLEASE!
Neil and Cheri Dubois, Founders
Neil and Cheri don’t claim to be professionals when it comes to wine. They are like most consumers/wine lovers. They’re looking for great wine at a great value. Their blog covers most everything wine-related. Readers will also find articles on food and travel.
Why Some Wine Knowledge?
The Value List
REVERSE WINE SNOB
The tag line on Jon’s blog reads, “Thumbing your nose at bottles over $20.” That pretty much sums up Jon’s goal. Jon claims he is not a wine expert. We disagree. He’s certainly an expert at finding great, inexpensive wines. His blog provides well-written reviews as well as additional valuable information about various wines.
Home (you’ll find blog posts here)
Browse (sorted by variety, region, Costco picks, Trader Joe’s picks, and deals)
Buy the Book (Jon’s book is titled Reverse Wine Snob: How to Buy and Drink Great Wine Without Breaking the Bank)
Top 10 Lists
Most Popular Articles
NOVA CADAMATRE – THE PERSONALITIES OF WINE
Nova is the first female winemaker in the US to receive the world’s most difficult certification – Master of Wines. It is safe to say that Nova and her blog are true winners. Nova is a creative and talented winemaker, as well. She possesses knowledge and skill with an understanding of the best vineyards. That’s what you’ll find here – the best. Explore completely this blog and be sure to visit the Articles and Accolades page as well as My Favorite Website pages.
Articles and Accolades
My Favorite Websites
The Personalities of Wine
MY VINE SPOT
Any wine lover can appreciate the first line of Dezel’s bio, “Some people write poetry, I sip it.” Perfect, yes? Dezel began his blog in 2006. His goal is to share his wine experiences. On his blog you’ll read well-written, informative posts on wine appreciation and enjoyment. In addition, Dezel invites his readers to connect with him on all his social media accounts.
Home (blog posts are located here)
THE DRUNKEN CYCLIST
Jeff is a wine lover and story-teller. While reading his blog, you’ll quickly discover he’s not written “just” posts. He’s written actual stories that pull you in and keep you interested. You’ll find yourself wanting to read more and more. He writes about wine, his travels, wineries, and many other topics. He’ll also leave you smiling.
Sundays are for Sebastian
Jim van Bergen
Jim writes honestly and from-the-heart. He addresses topics in a way that includes the entire wine community. When writing reviews, he chooses wines he feels consumers will truly enjoy and find a great value. He calls himself a “casual/approachable sommelier or wine director.” He is a true wine lover with a great flair for writing. He posts are beneficial and his reviews informative.
Media Kit (recommended reading)
About Jim van Bergen – Uncorked
Find Posts by Type or Grape
TRAVELING WINE CHICK
From college educator to wine expert, Elizabeth has quite a bit of knowledge to share. In addition to her blog, she’s also a contributor to the following publications: American Winery Guide, basil & salt magazine, Drizly, and Smooth. She is also the member and social media director for Ehlers Estate. On Traveling Wine Chick you’ll discover topics such as wine accessories, books, films, travel, of course wine and much more.
About Elizabeth Smith
Top Posts & Pages
Blogs I Follow
Seriously Wine is part of the s.erious.ly real-time network. This site offers real-time discovery of original and germane content. You can follow Seriously Wine via Twitter, Facebook, and Flipboard. This is a great site for those who wish to track the ever-evolving world of wine. Read about wines, events, people, and ideas about wine.
Other s.erious.ly sites
Publishers Opt In/Out (for those who wish to contribute to the site)
Code of Ethics
THE WINE SIREN
Kelly’s mission – “To share and demystify the complex processes in making food and wine and the people behind them.” She does this and so much more. If you are interested in the Napa wine lifestyle, creators of wine in addition to hundreds of wine varietals, don’t miss out on Kelly’s blog. She’s done some amazing interviews, too.
If French wines are your passion, you’ll want to visit Bertrand’s site. He is a writer and photographer with a passion for wine. He has gone through training with a sommelier. During his training, he discovered “wine wasn’t always made the way commercial wineries wanted you to believe…” This is an excellent source for gaining knowledge of wine, wine tasting, and French vineyards. The main feature here is Bertrand’s stories. You’ll see his posts on the Home page.
JAMIE GOODE’S WINE BLOG
Jamie is a winewriter, columnist, lecturer, and wine judge. His bio is extraordinary so be sure to read that. This is a multi award-winning blog. Quite impressive are Jamie and his articles. Expect informational videos and well-written content.
More About Me and What I Do
My Old Blog
My Even Older Blog
Additional Information: To visit Jamie’s main website, click here.
Miss Bouquet loves wine. Period. Everything about wine interest her. Smelling wine, admiring the colors, sharing, buying, selling, and of course drinking. Her mission, “To uncover the underlying passion I think so many of you have which is to talk about wine…” Her posts are clever and informative. You’ll find a bit of everything here.
Who, Wine, Where
Wines with Style
Wine Trade Bug
Dr. Tyler Colman
Yes, he is a real doctor. Yes, his Ph. D. dissertation was wine-related. Yes, he is an wine expert that should and can be trusted. Dr. Colman’s goal is for this blog to educate and inspire wine lovers. Look for recommendations, diverse perspectives, and interesting reader contributions. This blog is one you don’t want to miss.
In the Media
Wine Industry Jobs
Wine Books on Amazon
What began as a personal blog is now one of the most respected sources for wine-writing (non-mainstream). Alder has taken great care to make sure his blog is well-organized and posts well-written. Visit to discover wine and sake reviews, editorials, restaurant reviews, plus so much more.
Ramblings & Rants
Activities & Events
About This Site
Favorite Posts from Archives
ROBERT PARKER – WINE ADVOCATE
Robert created an “independent consumers guide to wine” in 1976. That has grown into one of the most trusted sources of all things wine-related: The Wine Advocate. This publication has proven to be a significant influence on wine consumers in the U.S. as well as other countries. Create an account here to get the full site experience. Be sure to scroll to the bottom of the Home page to see all this site has to offer.
Madeline Puckette, Content Director & Host
Based in Seattle, WA, Madeline and her crew travel the world so they can offer exciting content for their readers. This is a wine-education blog and a fantastic place to learn. The site offers articles and videos containing wine-related stories. Also, look for content on wineries, winemakers, and regions. There is an outstanding Beginner’s Guide, as well.
Chris specializes in wines of the Loire Valley and Bordeaux. This site has quite a lot to offer so be sure to take your time and explore. Note: You’ll want to create an account here. Also, site updates require a subscription unless they are marked “free.”
Recent Site Updates
This Week’s Featured Article
Wine & Dine
Wine Searcher (nice feature!)
Recent Blog Posts (this are free to read)
Site Update Archive
THE PRINCE OF PINOT
William “Rusty” Gaffney, M.D.
Dr. Gaffney decided to devote his energy to writing in about Pinot in 2001. He started with a newsletter and now has a fabulous blog. Not only does Dr. Gaffney write about Pinot but he also visits Pinot Noir regions, leads wine tours, organizes tastings, and dinners. He also judges wine competitions. If Pinot Noir is your interested, you’ll definitely want to follow Dr. Gaffney’s journey.
PinotFile Archives (his newsletter)
THE WINE CELLAR INSIDER
Jeff Leve – Founder, Contributor, and Editor
The Wine Cellar Insider focuses on Bordeaux but other regions are covered as well. Visit the site to read about tasting notes (with ratings), winery histories, in-depth articles, and the latest harvest news. Interesting special guest contributors often make an appearance here, too. Be sure to scroll to the bottom of the Home page to see all that is offered here. All readers are welcome to post in the forums.
Rhone Valley Wine
Wine Topics and Forums
Search Tasting Notes
TIM ATKIN – MASTER OF WINE
Tim is an award-winning Master of Wine. He’s also a journalist, presenter, wine judge, and photographer. Tim wears many hats but one thing you can certainly depend on is his knowledge of wine. His blog is fascinating. Look for great contributor posts, too. Along with wine, Tim also discusses many other topics of interest.
A WINE STORY
Do yourself a favor – read Marisa’s bio. To call her qualifications outstanding is an understatement. Once you’ve read about her, you’ll understand why this blog is a must-read. Marisa’s philosophy is, “Let’s make wine fun and approachable!” She accomplishes this with her incredible writing talent. She is a wine education who uses dramatic as well as entertaining stories to help other learn about wine.
BIGGER THAN YOUR HEAD
It was Frederic’s career as a wine journalist that led him to blogging. His posts are meant to offer a critical look into what we eat and drink. His focus is the creating, preparing, marketing, selling, truth and hypocrisy of our food and beverages. He’s got a great Wine of the Day Feature, too.
Categories (extensive list)
Wine Spectator is a world-wide trust publication for wine lovers. The team here review over 15,000 wines each year. Each magazine contains 400-1,000 reviews. With each reviews will be tasting notes and recommendations. There is a fee for membership as well as a fee for the magazine. Serious wine enthusiasts will find the fees well-worth it. Blog articles are free to read. Scroll to the bottom of the Home page for more information regarding memberships and subscriptions.
News & Features
Food & Travel
For the Trade
Camuto from Europe
Julien created Social Vignerons to be part of what he couldn’t find anywhere online. Having searched for a genuine, sincere community of passionate wine lovers and professionals to no avail, he created just such a community of his own. His efforts paid off. His blog is now one of the most influential sites about wine. Julien is an international winemaker and wine critic. If you are passionate about wine, join Julien and his thousands of followers for fun, laughter, and great wine talk.
Booze & Food
Fun & Wine
Learn About Wine
NATALIE MACLEAN – WINE REVIEWS & RATINGS
Natalie is Canada’s most respected and most quoted wine writers. Her site is the largest Canadian wine review site. She is an award-winning writer/author. Her knowledge is in-depth and her posts nicely written. Please be sure to scroll to the bottom of her Home page for a detailed list of what is offered here.
Mary is the founder of Vindulge Wine Education. She is also a wine, food, and travel writer. She’s a Certified Sommelier and a staff writer for Palate Press Online Magazine. Mary is passionate about wine and educating others in such a way that makes wine fun and approachable. Take time to look at her recipes with wine pairings. It all sounds delightful!
Palate Press is an online modern magazine. This is a fantastic source for the inexperienced to most experienced wine lover. There are daily updates with reviews, news stories, and a wine of the week. Palate Press also has these projects:
Palate Press Advertising Network – this combines more than 100 wine websites worldwide with 100 countries and a million readers. A great resource for wine advertisers.
Palate Press Story Bank – This focuses on the best wine stories available. Also another great source for advertisers.
Key Features of Palate Press Online Magazine:
Food & Conversations
FERMENTATION – THE DAILY WINE BLOG
Having begun his career as a wine publicist and marketer, Tom is now the founder/owner of Wark Communications. This serves small and medium-sized wineries/wine related companies with marketing, media, and communications. From this blog you can expect the latest wine industry news.
Home Tom Wark
Recommended Wine Reading
Wine Industry News & Tools
What We Endorse
KEN’S WINE BLOG
Ken and Theresa Hoggins, Founders
Ken’s mission along with his panel of tasters si to help readers find the perfect bottle of wine for all occasions. This blog discusses topics such as notable wines, restaurants, wineries plus so much more.
Home (blog posts can be found here)
Most Recent 10 Posts
THE GRAY REPORT
W. Blake Gray
Mr. Gray is Wine Searcher’s California editor. He also writes a monthly column for Palate Press. His blog is a mix of wine reviews, news, industry trends as well as other topics. It’s quite an interesting site. Look for great interviews, too.
Home (you’ll find blog posts here)
Read My Work at Wine Searcher
Read My Columns at Palate Press
Classic Stories on Wine & Spirits
Classic Stories on Sake
I LIKE THIS GRAPE
Aimed at millennials, I like this grape has a goal of being the most robust digital platforms for discovery & purchase of wine. Here you can expect original and interesting content. Look for imagery and storytelling via posts and videos. The team at I love this grape are educated, highly-trained certified sommeliers.
If you are a wine collector, this is the site for you. Vinfolio specializes in helping serious wine collectors manage every aspect of their collection. If you are looking to buy/sell or have a need for cellar management, you’ll want to be sure to make Vinfolio a must-read site.
We hope after reading Drink & Be Merry! Guide to the Top Wine Blogs, you’ll have found one or several blogs that suite your needs. We’ve covered it all from beginner to expert, reviews, accessories, latest news, industry trends, and more. All that’s left for you to do is choose your favorite wine or wines and enjoy! Please remember to drink responsibly and stay safe.