Now that many of us have more time on our hands it is a great opportunity to learn more about wine. We have put together a list of wine experts to follow to find out more. They range from education bodies to individuals who specialise in different topics of wine but all of them offer something unique. Where to start is up to you but take a look at the sites below and hopefully you will be engaged by one or two.
The Wine & Spirit Education Trust provides globally recognised education and qualifications in wines, spirits and sake, for professionals and enthusiasts. Whether you are beginner thinking about doing the Level 1 Award in wine or considering becoming a Master of Wine WSET will be able to offer a suitable course.
Decanter is a magazine that is published monthly but a number of articles are also available online. The ‘Learn’ section is especially good for beginners and covers tastings notes, quizzes and a vintage guide. Some articles are available for free but there is a subscription fee to access other content.
Wine Folly is an online site dedicated to learning about wine. They offer a newsletter, blog and some great visual tools for understanding and navigating the world of wine.
“Voted the world’s most influential wine critic in polls in the US, France and internationally in 2018, Jancis views herself as a wine writer rather than a wine critic. She writes daily for JancisRobinson.com and weekly for the Financial Times.”
Jancis has some great accolades and is backed up by a fantastic team made up of several Masters of Wine. Her site covers a vast range of topics including tasting notes, wine regions and wine vocabulary to name a few. Again, some articles are free but others require a subscription.
Since 1975 Robert Parker has been writing an “independent, consumer’s guide” to wine. The Wine Advocate has over 50,000 subscribers, in every state in the United States, and in over 37 foreign countries. This site is primarily for tasting notes but also covers travel and food and requires a subscription. It may not be the best place to start for a wine novice but a good tool nonetheless.
“Fiona Beckett is an award-winning food and wine writer, one of the world’s leading experts on food and drink matching, wine columnist for The Guardian and the author of 24 books on food, wine and beer.”
This site is all about matching wine with food or food with wine. There is a search tool that allows you to enter the food or wine that you are trying to match and up pops a variety of options. The wine Basics sections answers some frequently asked questions and there is even a section a series of interesting articles written by guest writers.