Saturday, January 14, 2012

Wine Publications and Information

There are many excellent wine publications which offer the reader extended reviews of wine.  Should you subscribe to wine related magazines and journals?  How do they influence your ability to choose and purchase wine? What are the benefits of wine publications now and in the future? These are just a few of the thoughts that come to mind when you get a card, email or letter asking for your business. There are so many publications.  How do you know which is right for you?

Newspaper wine columns are often a good source of information.  Major papers have a wine column and it can have a wealth of information.  Excellent writers are in The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, SF Chronicle as well as Napa, Sonoma and Paso Robles papers to name just a few.

If you are an avid consumer and love a variety of wines I would suggest that you purchase a trial issue or two to see if the format is what you are looking for. Many publications offer a free issue or two to interest you in buying their publication.  Think of what type of wines you drink and where you most often purchase them.  Do you want a domestic publication which lists a large number of available wines in your price range?  Are you interested in the people who are the movers and shakers in a specific area or varietal?  Do old and rare wines interest you?  Are you looking to find publications which give information about wine regions and travel?  

Another excellent source of information is importers. They often have on their website informational videos and interviews to help you find that wine you have always wanted to taste. Larger importers also list events in which they participate in your locale. Look on the back label and inquire at their website.

Find the wine publications in the library, book store or local wine association in your area.

Some magazines which come to mind are: The Wine Information Guild, Wine Spectator, Wines and Vines, Decanter Magazine, Wine Enthusiast, Food and Wine, Wine News Magazine, Gourmet, AAA magazine.   Many others offer content for both consumer and professional.  View wine publications online.  The work is up to you to cull through and find that right magazine which will guide you to current releases that will expand your horizon in wine.

If you are very interested in wine or just starting out, reading quality literature will expand your horizons and provide you with a wealth of information.

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