Quick question for everyone, what are your main sources of information? For me, apart from the guides on the main Society site, I also look at Wine Folly (although quite US biased) for regional maps and interesting articles as well as Decanter (non premium) for news.
Just wondered where everyone else gets their information from, I know there are quite a few members who subscribe to various sites for specific regions or tasting notes but was wondering if there were any useful free sites I might have missed.
I mostly turn to books as they really do have so much more detail than you can get off the internet (unless you pay money to subscribe to sites perhaps?). Here are some good ones:
General overview of wine regions - a really beautiful book that I love flicking through often - covering the whole world in more detail than most people could ask for
General overview of wine producers (I go to this book sooo much, I can see why it’s so popular):
Some detailed guides / reference books I really like - if you’re desperate for the real detail:
- Northern Rhone (a beast of a book)
- CDP (quite rare and expensive now but crazily detailed on info)
- Languedoc Roussillon (new revised guide and pretty much the only one on the region - such a gem to have if you’re trying to explore LR)
- Barolo and Brunello - O’Keefe is the Italian expert - but has her opinions
ALSO - (an edit) - If you like watching videos to learn the Guild Somm videos are brilliant (wish there were more):
Other than books - Wine Searcher is good as it has lot of region / grape info as well as producers and prices (which most people use it for). TWS also is very good actually if you delve into the detail on the site.
You know I used to read wine books including some of the ones mentioned, but it’s pretty much all the internet now.
There’s Jancis Robertson, Robert Parker, Drink Rhone which are all subscription. Free at Cellartracker, burgundy report, wine anorak and wine pages.
Other interesting forums (is that the plural?) at wine pages and some of the subscription sites. If you want to go to the dark side, there’s wine berserkers across the pond, never posted but well, its American, so attitudes may change.
If you want a broader view in the printed word, the Great Vintage Wine books of Michael Broadbent, Vino still the reference book for Italy by Burton Anderson, the WS own Edmund Penning - Rowsell The Wines of Bordeaux, Sherry by Jan Read are just four that give a better insight into wine than just books of scores, Hugh Johnsons wine atlases were almost alone when the first edition came out and that is an essential.
You will never get the depth of information online as you will in these reference standards.
There is now so much information available online but I feel using books as a reference is always a good thing especially if you haven’t booked marked what you were reading and your laptop battery dies .
I have some old Michael Broadbent books, Jancis Robinson world wine atlas, various study texts which can be hit and miss, The new france which is great among some really old hugh Johnson and Oz Clarke books. I also subscribe to the wine scholar guild which is really good for frequent webinars of French, Italian and Spanish regions. They often have guests such as Pascaline Lepeltier of the Loire and other regional specialists.
I thik these days most people have an array of nformation at heir hands should they wish to avail of it .