I got an email from feedspot.com with a link to an article titled
15 Best French Wine Blogs and Websites
And here is that link.
And have a look at what is listed in position number 10.
Yes, there it is, The Boulogne Wine Blog
Absolutely chuffed about this.
As part of this blog is to look at other resources about wine including wine events (I will be back at Yorkshire Wine School, stay tuned), books and websites, I will look at some of these lesser known websites that also made it into this list. These are not as well known sites that I have referenced before, (such as the very good wine folly site with the lovely Madeline Puckette), but mainly written by enthusiasts like myself. Always interesting to see what other people do.
The first two, Wine Scholar Guild and French Wine Explorers, are the most professional and business orientated of the sites, where you can sign up for certified wine qualifications (for US not UK). Some excellent articles too that I may refer to in future posts. For example, one of my favourite white wines is the Clos de Beauregard, Muscadet Sevre et Maine. And from the Wine Scholar Guild I leant that Clos is ‘A plot of vines traditionally surrounded by stone walls.’
Cellar Tours do some very interesting luxury chauffeur driven tours around a wide variety of wine regions. French Wine Adventures and Visit French Wine also do vineyard tours, meals, and accommodation. One day when going further south to visit my mother I may book one of these. A shame that Boulogne is not a wine region as I would consider doing something similar there. In between in the list is Wine Terroirs. The folks there seem to enjoy going round lots of places in Europe visiting vineyards, wine sellers and wine tasting events. You can tell they are having a great time.
Costco wine blog is a US blog, not directly connected to Costco, but just people commenting on the wines that they buy there and sharing that information. I was hoping my site would become a bit like this with more people commenting on the wines that they purchase when visiting France (ideally staying at my holiday home). But it is not as easy to pop over to France these days as it is to pop into your nearest Costco. Natalie Maclean’s site looks good but you need to sign up to her site or to Vimeo to watch the videos.
Then in the list come the more hobbyist sites. Vinopointer is also a US site reviewing wines purchased at Costco and Trader Joe. Good honest reviews. Then is my Boulogne Wine Blog. Obviously I think this is the best but I have picked up some good blogging tips by looking at these other sites.
I am impressed with Tom Lee’s Zinfandel Chronicles. He seems to review a wine every day or two, normally a Californian or other US one. Back in France is SIP Wine Blog by wine writer Nicolle Croft who lives in Bordeaux and mainly writes about wines and vineyards of that region. I enjoyed article about wine bars in Bordeaux. I have been wanting to go to Bordeaux for a while and have linked to this specific article so that I can check some of these out if/when I make it there.
My favourite is site is French Wine Tutor. An American woman, Katie in New York, who seems to go to France a lot. Like my site, she mixes posts from visits to France (for example the Alsace region) with other topics (such restaurants and bars in New York and New Jersey). As I am trying to improve my French, I enjoyed her post on French pronunciation. I will read more from this site. (I have already looked at her Instagram posts with short videos of pronouncing French wines words, and very good they are too).
For white wines, I have a preference for Loire valley wines (see Touraine wine post). So I also enjoyed Divine Loire. This site explores the region and its wines and has good travel information. It is a site to sell wines from the region and I may make a purchase.
Last on the list is Palm and Vine by Nikki. Some really good articles and I like the way she reviews wines. As I still struggle on how to review and describe wines, I particularly liked her article on wine aromas. She also uses her site to promote her blog writing skills. Something I may consider for myself.
I really enjoyed looking at these other sites. Thanks to Feedspot.com for putting it together and including my site in the list. I particularly the more hobbyist ones, where the real passion of the people writing the posts shine through. For example French Wine Tutor, SIP Wine Blog, Wine Terroirs. For planning wine tours to the French wine regions, there are some great sites such as French Wine Adventures, Visit French Wine, and Cellar Tours. (A shame that there are no wine producing regions near Boulogne sur Mer). I feel that I can learn some good blogging tips by visiting these sites.
Hope that you click on some of the links provided and enjoy looking at these other great wine blogging sites.