10 Best Wine Magazines For Wine Enthusiasts in 2023
If your interest in wine goes way beyond just enjoying the flavors and aromas then a wine magazine might quell your curiosity.
Learn about wine and food pairings, award winning wines and wineries, the latest news in the wine industry and a whole lot more!
In 2023, with the wine industry being bigger than ever, there's more variety than ever when it comes to wine magazines too.
We recommend the top wine magazines and subscriptions according to Wine Turtle.
1. Wine Enthusiast
The Wine Enthusiast magazine is one of the most popular publications in the world of wine.
The monthly editions focus on reviews of newly launched wines but cover a whole lot more besides.
Food pairings and recipes involving wine that come direct from famous chefs are always popular with the Wine Turtle team. If you're a foodie with a love for wine then we thoroughly recommend the Wine Enthusiast magazine subscription.
The latest industry news is also covered, along with current trends in the world of wine. A big appeal of this magazine for us is its approachable nature too. It's aimed at all wine drinkers and not just the industry experts.
At less than $3 per printed issue with an annual subscription it's actually surprisingly good value too. It's even cheaper if you choose the Kindle digital download.
You can order a subscription on Amazon (affiliate link) or direct from Wine Enthusiast themselves.
2. Wine Spectator
Wine Spectator is another very well known and popular wine magazine. I'd say it's aimed at those with a bit more knowledge about wine but that doesn't make it any less interesting.
It goes into real depth on subjects like the wine making process, wine pairings, wine regions, and restaurants.
Wine Spectator is well know for its wine reviews and recommendations and is a great bet for someone that's looking to start collecting wine or expand their wine collection. It has a classified section and you can also find wine merchants and courses.
Wine Spectator also has great pieces where personalities from the wine world are interviewed. These interviews include people covering the full scope of the wine industry and provide a fascinating insight into the things we take for granted.
There are 7 editions every 6 months. With a subscription it works out at around $5 per printed issue (with a digital subscription also available).
These are available from Amazon (affiliate link) and directly from Wine Spectator.
3. Decanter Magazine
Decanter magazine covers both wine and spirits but has a definite focus on wine.
Decanter does over 4,000 wine reviews every year, and in the May 2023 edition alone they covered 352 bottles.
They do their own wine awards too. The Decanter World Wine Awards is one of the biggest wine events in the world these days.
A thing I really like about Decanter is that they recommend everyday, budget friendly wines. Not just the best of the best that cost an arm and a leg!
With readers in more than 90 countries, the writers at Decanter know how to make wine approachable and unpretentious. But, that's not to say it's not serious or educational.
Interviews with winemakers, in depth educational articles about wine regions, and wine industry news cover the pages each month, along with recommendations on the best wines and where you can find them.
The print magazine is issued every month and costs around $5 per edition with a subscription.
You can find it on their website.
4. Wine Advocate
Headed by Robert Parker (he has a great blog too) and now owned by the Michelin Group (owners of the Michelin Guide), Wine Advocate is arguably the world’s authority on wine.
Subscribers are greeted by tasting notes for over 450,000 different wines! Now, that is quite the wine library.
The subscription provides access to the website (and app) where they review 2,000 to 6,000+ wines very month.
Unfortunately, this is now a digital only subscription to the content on the website. That means no traditional print version anymore.
They currently offer a one month free trial which is a great way to get acquainted with what's on offer. Prices start at $15 per month ongoing.
Wine advocate is serious about wine and you won't find any lifestyle pieces here like you will with most other wine magazines. It's purely reviews, recommendations and trends from their huge team of expert wine critics.
5. Wine & Spirits
Straight to the point with it's title, Wine & Spirits is more than just a top wine magazine. Winner of five illustrious James Beard Awards, Wine & Spirits is a beautifully written piece.
It concentrates on wine and spirit reviews and recommendations but also suggests good restaurants and stores where good drinks can be had. Food plays a part with this wine publication and recipes and pairings are always on point.
Highlights for me include interviews with top sommeliers and big news from the wine and spirits industry. The blind tastings are always interesting too. They make recommendations based on these, where there can be no bias or external influence.
The print edition is released 4 times a year and a subscription can be purchased on their website. Prices start at $45 for the print+digital option.
6. Winemaker Magazine
If like us, you love making your own wine, then this magazine could be right up your street!
Winemaker magazine covers wine recipes, interviews with home winemakers (like me and you), and most valuable of all, expert tips from experienced winemakers!
If you're new to making wine or if you're still undecided if you should try then I recommend taking a look at their website.
The 'Troubleshooting' and 'Techniques' sections alone are incredible resources, full of essential information. You can learn about hydrometers, wine kits, and things like cork taint.
They offer a physical print magazine subscription delivered straight to your mailbox at $29.99 per year. This includes 6 issues.
They also offer digital subscriptions (with a 14-day free trial) that give access to a wealth of winemaking information.
You can see what offers they currently have on their official website.
7. The World of Fine Wine
The World of Fine Wine is a magazine aimed at those with a bit of prior knowledge. It's definitely not what I'd call an entry-level wine publication.
It reads almost like a good wine book at times and certainly doesn't disappoint when it comes to the quality of journalism or level of detail.
With a section dedicated to upcoming worldwide fine wine auctions, it's aimed at those with more than just a casual interest in wine. You'll even find articles on rare wines about to go to auction.
It prides itself on the quality of its wine journalism and you'll find really in-depth articles. I'd even go as far as to say this is the best written wine magazine available.
But be warned, it's definitely on the expensive side, especially for those in the US.
A one year print and digital subscription costs $202, including delivery.
And that's for just 4 printed issues.
However, it is a substantial magazine that's very high quality in print and design. The magazines are 216 pages in length, which will take you a while to get through.
The digital subscription gives you access to 14 years of archives too.
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Winestate caters mainly to wines from Australia and New Zealand but it's not exclusive to these New World wine regions.
Certainly, if you have more than a passing interest in this wine region, then this magazine might be of interest to you.
With over 11,000 wine reviews each year and great articles on wine pairings and even viticulture, each edition makes an interesting read.
A one year subscription costs $90 and includes 6 printed issues and unrestricted access to the website.
9. American Vineyard Magazine
Now this magazine centers on a fairly niche part of wine but it's an incredibly interesting one if you're interested in winemaking.
This publication deals with everything involved with growing wine grapes. With Eonology and viticulture at its core, it publishes some incredibly interesting articles on industry news and trends.
Are you interested in viruses that are affecting Cabernet Sauvignon grapes?
Or the effect of smoke from wildfires on Californian raisin grape maturity?
If not, then this magazine is probably not for you as this is the kind of content you can expect to find.
It's definitely not a lifestyle magazine and reads more like a wine science magazine. But, for the right person (me!) it's an incredibly interesting read.
You can learn more about their digital subscription on their website.
10. Food & Wine
We've covered some pretty in-depth wine magazine subscriptions so I thought we'd end with something a bit lighter and more easy-going.
Food & Wine is definitely fits that description.
It covers food, wine, and all kinds of other drinks too. The wine content is really easily digested and very easy to consume at speed! There is lots of beginner friendly content here that would make great poolside reading on holiday.
It's actually a great entry to wine magazines. If you like what you see here, then the next level to move onto would be something like Wine Enthusiast or Wine Spectator (numbers 1 and 2 in our guide).
The digital only subscription is really good value for money too. At $19.99 (at the time of writing) for a one year (12 issue) subscription, it's about as cheap as you'll find a wine magazine these days.
You can learn more here.
Do you read an awesome wine magazine that you think our readers should know about?
Leave a comment down below and tell the community what they're missing out on!
I would add Alquimie to the top of this list!