“Reading furnishes the mind only with materials of knowledge; it is thinking that makes what we read ours.” – John Locke
Learning about wine tends towards monastic study; the world is littered with tomes full of information about fermented grape juice. The Oxford Companion to Wine remains the authoritative text on the subject but there are countless other examples of well written, well informed and often very specialist books on every conceivable subject. My favourite reading is often peoples own opinions on wine, from dissected factual information to drunken rants and even satire and comedy has its place. Below are the blogs I read the most often, with a short explanation for each. This page is likely to change quite a bit as I add and remove reading material, but feel free to recommend any that you think should be up here!
- JancisRobinson.com – The only online resource I pay for and worth every penny. Daily, informative articles written by Masters of Wine and industry experts, often with personal commentary from around the world. A slow but informative forum is also a big plus.
- Decanter – A stalwart of the wine world, Decanters news column delivers daily updates on the practical and political happenings in the world of wine. Andrew Jefford’s weekly articles on Mondays are worth checking in for alone.
- Tim Atkin MW – A really wonderful website from one of the worlds most approachable Masters of Wine. Lots of guest posting, informative articles and a great community built around it. This is also now the only place where you can read new articles from Ron Washam, who has temporarily stopped posting in his own blog; The Hosemaster of Wine.
- Richard Hemming MW – A simple blog format from one of my favourite wine writers; simple, to the point and a refreshingly younger look at the world of wine (Sorry, older MWs!).
- Jamie Goode’s ‘Wine Anorak’ – Probably the best British wine blog out there, updated daily from one of the industrys leading voices. A daily-reader.
- Guild Somm – The online community of the CMS unsurprisingly generates some extremely good articles. They tend to be very indepth and well researched. Anything by Kelli White is a must-read.
- Sediment Blog – British wine comedy at its best. An incredibly well written, personal and quite conversational blog that covers a lot of interesting topics and garners quite a few giggles along the way.
- Spanish Wine Lover – The best online resource for Spanish wine, covering the most recent trends and happenings in the world of Spanish wine. Good section on upcoming tastings throughout the month as well all across Spain.
- Wine on Six – Miquel Hudin is the author of the vinologue guides for Catalunya and both a resident sommelier and wine-writer. In-depth information on Catalan wines and others with guest contributors, plus hilariously blunt commentary from the man himself.
Whilst technically not a blog, I’ve gained a lot from listening to podcasts over the last year.
- I’ll Drink to That – Levi Dalton is the host of this excellent podcast series, interviewing wine-makers, critics, sommeliers, chefs… just about anyone connected to wine in some way. Indepth, informative and very insightful.