Most wine books and wine websites claim that they want to demystify wine, and in some ways that is a noble goal. On the other hand, part of the allure of wine is that it is mysterious. Maybe it is okay that some people are intimidated by wine. Would it be as much fun being the person who confidently scans the wine list at the table and picks out the perfect bottle to match dinner if everyone was capable of doing? We don’t think so.
We’re not suggesting that we should all be snobs, or that wine lovers should be elitists who look down on the rest of the world because we know something that they don’t. But let’s face it, we do know something they do not. That is good news for us because our knowledge of wine opens up doors that those who don’t enjoy wine will never know.
As for those who are ignorant about wine, there is great news for you, as well. Ignorance is very curable. In this case, the cure is a marvelous thing. All you need to do is read a few readily available pages on the basics of tasting, open a bottle, swirl it in your glass, take a deep breath, and ignorance begins to fade away with the first sip. That sip also means you now have something in common with millions of new friends all around the world. And wine people are some of the most generous and friendly folk on the planet. Especially when we have a glass in our hands.
High Praise for Another Wine Blog!
Since its creation in December 2007, Another Wine Blog has been nominated for numerous awards including Best Writing, Best Wine Reviews and Best Overall Wine Blog in the American Wine Blog Awards. We were finalists for Best Wine Blog, and the “Blogger You Would Most Want to be your Personal Sommelier” in the 2009 Foodbuzz Blog Awards, and Best Writing in the 2011 Wine Blog Awards. Amy’s post “Wine Intelligence admits Bias, Ulterior Motives in “Wine Blogger Distrust” Release” won Second Runner Up for Best Editorial Wine Writing in the 2012 Born Digital Wine Awards. In addition, we were named a Top 10 Wine News Blog in the Millesima 2014 Blog Awards, and one of the most Influential Wine Blogs of 2015 for folks in the United Kingdom.
Another Wine Blog is consistently ranked in the Top 100 Wine Blogs, and has earned the highest marks for reader engagement above well-known wine websites like that of Steve Heimoff, formerly of Wine Enthusiast, Tom Wark’s Fermentation, Dr. Vino, and Playboy.com columnist Joe Roberts’ popular blog 1WineDude.com
Another Wine Blog is dedicated to the most educated among us, the person about to take that first sip, and everyone in between. Our over one-half million readers come from on six continents, nearly 200 countries and nearly 9,000 cities all over the world, with Top 10 markets, in order:
1. New York
3. San Francisco
4. Los Angeles
Not Just A Wine Blog
At Another Wine Blog, we do not just write about wine, but beer, food, and spirits as well as the regions that produce them. Our writers believe in constant “study” both formally, through certifications like CWAS, WSET and ISG, and informal tastings sponsored by trade groups and individual producers.
We think the best way to learn about a wine region is to taste there, paired with its native cuisine. As part of our “research” we have visited a number of North American wine regions including Napa Valley, Sonoma, Paso Robles, Santa Ynez Valley, Mendocino and Lodi, California; Willamette Valley, Oregon and Walla Walla, Washington; Charlottesville, Virginia; The Finger Lakes Region in New York, Charlottesville, Virginia; the Hill Country of Texas and Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada.
We’ve also visited the European wine regions of Southern France (Languedoc AOCs including Limoux, Corbieres, La Clape, Picpoul-de-Pinet, Minervois, Terrasses du Larzac, Pic Saint Loup); Italy (Chianti, Puglia and Sicily); and Spain (Penedes, Priorat), as well as the Island of Santorini, Greece as a media guest of various governmental and trade organizations.
We also continue to learn about wine, food, beer and spirits through trade and media tastings in our home city of Houston, as well as those hosted in Austin and Dallas. Feel free to contact us through this website or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
A votre sante!