Wine magazines provide the best updates on current events happening in the wine industry. They also provide reviews of current vintages and newly launched wines, and provide information and insights for wine tours and vacations. I read wine magazines for current events. Wine magazines tend to be as diverse as the wine itself! Some are easier to read and more approachable than others, some focus on reviews and others focus on awards. Most have food features and ideas on great wine and food matches. They also vary in price and geographical coverage. Chapter 20: Further Wine Education of my upcoming book Wine Sense shares the links of many good wine magazines including these:
- Gourmet Traveler (GT) Wine: Published as a complimentary guide to Gourmet Traveler with a focus on wine for Australia and New Zealand. Reviews of current wine, upcoming events and in-depth articles
- Wine Estates: Review of current releases of wines from Australia and New Zealand by price categories and varietal
- Decanter: International wine magazine published in UK with a focus on European wines
- Wine Advocate: Robert Parker’s magazine on wine
- World of Fine Wine: A more expensive wine magazine subscription to the high-end wine collector and consumer
- Wine Companion: James Halliday’s wine magazine covering mostly Australia and New Zealand
As mentioned previously, magazines are enjoyable to read and to help you relax. I enjoy getting my monthly magazines! However, much of the information contained in these magazines is available through the research services you may want to subscribe to or through Internet searches. Wine Advocate and Wine Companion can be purchased as part of a research package, so if you are looking to subscribe to research from Parker or Halliday, you may also be able to subscribe for the magazine at a marginal cost.