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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Cellar Chat: 10 wine blogs worth a click

In case you haven’t heard, wine bloggers have something to say. Honest, outspoken, accessible and often funny, these web winos are de-snobbing the industry with a no-holds-barred approach to everything from wine travel and bottle reviews to industry news and gossip. Here are 10 blogs we think are especially bookmark-worthy.

1 Wine Dude
Quick-witted and charming, Joe Roberts offers candid takes on wine news tidbits, impromptu tasting tweets and entertaining bottle reviews.

Bigger Than Your Head
Sure, you’re initially drawn to this blog for its larger-than-life name, but one visit and you’ll be sold on Fredric Koeppel’s site which solely focuses on unfettered and unbiased wine reviews and tasting notes. Added bonus? He list the U.S. importer of every wine he mentions, making it extra easy to track down a bottle of your own.

Brooklyn Guy Loves Wine
BrooklynGuy’s poetic tasting notes will have you stocking up on inexpensive, cellar-worthy wines while his mouthwatering restaurant reviews and detailed travelogues will have you booking the next flight out of town.

Dr. Vino
You can trust Tyler Colman, keeper of drvino.com—he’s a doctor (no really, he holds a Ph.D. in political science from Northwestern University). Covering everything from wine-industry politics to seemingly impossible pairings, his blog is as informative as it is entertaining. Recent posts include a conversation about pairing wine with meat pies and a candid interview with grower-Champagne maverick, Terry Theise.

The Good Grape
One glance at the Good Grape will have you hooked. Jeff Lefevere’s blog is chock full of engaging wine biz news and personal tasting anecdotes.

Good Wine Under $20
The name of this blog says it all—dedicated solely to wines under 20 bucks, this site is a great stop for those looking for a good vino without having to drop a lot of dough. More than 400 searchable tags makes locating a bottle based on price, varietal or location a snap.

The Pour
No roundup of wine blogs would be complete without mention of The Pour, Eric Asimov’s near-daily take on wine, spirits and on occasion, beer. For more, check out our Q&A with Asimov, The New York Times’ chief wine critic for a personal glimpse into his vinified life.

Swirl Smell Slurp
Like the couple you invite to dinner only when your parents aren’t attending, the co-authors of Swirl Smell Slurp are honest and unflinching—kind of like the wines they recommend.

Veritas in Vino
The foremost advocate of organic, biodynamic and natural winemaking (and the most outspoken), wine journalist and author of The Battle for Wine and Love: or How I Saved the World from Parkerization (Harcourt, 2008) Alice Feiring rants and raves her way through tastings, travels and encounters with winemakers.

Vinography
Vinography is the go-to blog for daily doses of wine news, tasting notes and book reviews authored by founder Alder Yarrow and a handful of respected wine journalists.