I have always been a big magazine reader. I am a fan of lots of different topics: financial, food, interior design, travel and of course wine. Over the past 10 plus years I think I have subscribed to almost all of the wine publications available. Some are still in print while others are no longer available.
I am not a fan of digital magazines. I am old-fashioned in that I want to hold the magazine and turn the paper pages. Don’t get me wrong, I look at a lot of digital items in a week’s time. There is just something about holding whatever you are reading. I am the same way with books. I purchased an Amazon Kindle, read a half dozen books on it and went back to hardcovers. What’s your preference?
Over the past years I have whittled my list of wine magazines down to five publications that I subscribe to and read on a regular basis. I want to share them with you so if you aren’t reading any wine magazines at the present time this blog post might encourage you to do so. Here are my top five:
Wine Spectator is a lifestyle magazine that focuses on wine, the culture of wine and providing ratings for wine. The magazine is published 15 times per year. In addition to publishing, the magazine puts on a series of annual wine tasting events, seminars and lunches. The primary event is held in New York City with an awards banquet. The other wine tasting events are held in three other cities around the country.
I enjoy this magazine as it is educational as well as informative on a number of topics. It covers both Old World and New World wines. It introduces you to the winemakers and wineries that make the wines we all drink. It regularly has articles on cheese, travel and any number of other wine-related topics.
To subscribe you can go directly to the magazine’s website: www.winespectator.com or go to the internet looking for the various subscription services. It runs at about $4.00 an issue or $60.00 per year. There are always deals on the price if you look for them.
Decanter is to Europe what Wine Spectator is to the United States. Founded in London in 1975 it is the oldest consumer wine publication in the United Kingdom. It is published in 91 countries including China.
The magazine comes in both print and digital formats. The print version runs about $70.00 for a year’s subscription (12 issues). There is a discount if you sign up for several years at a time. Their website is www.decanter.com.
Decanter has the same style of articles as Wine Spectator but its focus is on Europe and Asia. The magazine also provides wine scores and has a monthly section on those scores as well as travel, food and general articles on wine and its many cultural relationships.
Wine Enthusiast Magazine
Wine Enthusiast is geared toward both wine experts and novices. It has a similar focus as the first two magazines I mentioned above. It does report on other types of alcoholic beverages as well. There are also articles on food, travel and entertaining.
Wine Enthusiast also scores wine. I have used them for a number of years to rate our Glenwood Cellars and Tiedemann labeled wines. You can subscribe on their website as well: www.winemag.com. A subscription runs about $30.00 per year for 13 issues.
The magazine is a part of Wine Enthusiast Companies. The major portion of their business is selling all types of wine and spirit related products: Everything from wine racks, wine refrigerators to wine glasses. Their online catalog is viewable at www.wineenthusiast.com.
The World of Fine Wine
The World of Fine Wine is also a European publication. It features an array of wine articles each month. The magazine generally runs about 225 pages for each edition. Approximately half of these pages are devoted to tasting reports on various wines. The balance of each edition is dedicated to various wine-related articles.
This magazine is quite a bit more expensive and is published four times per year. The cost is $182.00 for a one-year subscription. If you sign up for two years there is a slight discount and eight issues costs between $294.00 and $328.00. I would recommend you review their website at www.worldoffinewine.com. As I recall, my accounting department had some issues trying to pay for my subscription. Given that you might want to try a subscription service such as Amazon.
Wine Business Monthly
Wine Business Monthly magazine is the wine industry’s leading publication for wineries, vineyards, grape growers and various vendors. This magazine focuses more on equipment, wine-making processes, technology and various statistics and other reports.
I find the magazine very informative as it educates me which makes me better understand the wine I might be drinking.
You can subscribe through their website at www.winebusiness.com. The cost is $29 per year. You can also call them at 800-895-9463 to subscribe.
After years of reading various wine magazines I have settled on these five. They provide me a cross section of information on everything you would want to know about wine and the wonderful culture that goes with it.
If you aren’t currently reading a wine magazine, I highly recommend you start doing so. I hope my list helps you make your choice easier.
Autumn Wine Dinner
Our November Wine & Dinner Club event on Tuesday, November 19, 2019, is a team up between Sam Beck Jr. CSW, CSS District Manager of Fine Wine of RNDC Indiana (Republic National Distributing Company) and I. Sam has earned his CSW (Certified Specialist of Wine) designation from the Society of Wine Educators. Here is the wonderful menu and wine pairing list. Cost is $90 per person.
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Until next week,
Calendar of Events
- November 7 – International Merlot Day
- November 14 – International Tempranillo Day
- November 20 – International Zinfandel Day
- December 4 – Cabernet Franc Day
- December 20 – National Sangria Day
- December 31 – National Champagne Day