10 Best Wine Magazines You Must Read
If you’re into wine and like to read, or if you have someone in your life who fits that description, a magazine subscription might be the perfect gift. Before going into more detail, I'd like to get straight to the point and show you what my 3 favorite wine magazines are for 2016 below so that you can click on them to check them out:
Why Get a Wine Magazine?
Magazines offer a slower-paced enjoyment than websites, can go almost anywhere and include advertisements that are related to the topic. So, rather than reading one quick article online and seeing ads generated from cookies your browser has produced you can sit down for a little longer, and see ads that have to do with only that thing you’re reading up, providing for less distraction.
Wine Turtle has checked out a variety of publications, including some you wouldn’t expect to see on a list of wine magazines, to offer 10 worth checking out. Here’s our list, complete with pricing, notes and suggestions on who would love each one.
1. Wine Enthusiast
Wine Enthusiast is well known, reputable and a good deal. Issues focus on wine and spirits, food, pairings and travel making it a lifestyle magazine. A foodie with a love of wine will love the reviews, pairings and recipes. Definitely a great subscription for someone who enjoys hosting dinner parties.
2. Wine Spectator
Wine Spectator is another well known magazine that is reputable and a great deal. Known for their wine ratings and reviews, Wine Spectator also goes beyond to explore world travel, art, culture and news. Another lifestyle magazine, this is less food-centric and more focused on wine. Perfect for someone who wants to start learning about, or even collecting, wine.
3. Decanter Magazine
A favorite of many industry insiders British wine mag Decanter is more focused on wine than some of the lifestyle magazines but in a way that is approachable and unpretentious. Interviews with winemakers, in depth educational articles about regions and news cover the pages each months along with recommendations on the best wines and where you can find them. A perk about Decanter? It understands the importance of including every day wines that fit every budget, not just a collector’s. Great for the friend who is ready to take their wine education to the next level.
4. Wine Advocate
Headed by Robert Parker, the world’s authority on wine, this newsletter is heralded by subscribers as the source for wine information. Wine Advocate has a different feel from the other magazines on our list. It does not include photographs, infographics, advertisements or articles about anything other than wine. Parker is the king of his castle so you’ll only get his perspective (critics point to his dislike of Burgundies and lack of coverage of Rieslings as problematic). Still, the magazine will help oenophiles get a jump on trends and news and get reviews from a trusted palette. A great gift for the serious wine lover in your life. Getting it for yourself? This version comes out 30 days after the print version - it’s well worth the wait for those kinds of savings.
5. Wine & Spirits
Winner of five illustrious James Beard Awards, Wine & Spirits is a beautifully written lifestyle magazine with recommendations, travel articles, restaurant reviews and of, course, reviews and buying advice based on the magazine’s blind tastings. For the wine drinker who wants a majority of wine news with other lifestyle articles and reviews - great for travelers.
6. The Art of Eating
A little pricey but well worth it. This indie magazine focuses on “the best food and wine -- what they are, how they are produced, where to find them (the farms, markets, shops, restaurants). Sometimes we present the most cutting-edge cooking, but more often than not the best food and wine are traditional, created when people had more time and food was more central to happiness than it is today.” The magazine is place-centric whether looking at a wine’s terroir or traditional food making techniques specific to a culture or region. Great for anyone who loves slower living and enjoying.
The definitive magazine for those who want to make wine at home. Whether the reader is a beginner using kits and concentrates or an advanced winemaker using fruit, the magazine will provide invaluable tips, tricks, troubleshoots helping anyone with the time and patience create their own wine to enjoy with friends or, with time, energy and investment, create a cottage industry.
8. The World of Fine Wine
For less than two dollars an issue, at home wine lovers will enjoy this magazine which is chock full of recipes; restaurant, wine, and food recommendations; and to become better at entertaining. There is a focus on health and wellness and also on chefs, including the list of Best New Chefs that comes out each July. This lifestyle magazine also focuses on travel.
Australia’s oldest wine magazine comes packed with news, and a subscription includes free entrance to tastings throughout Australia. With over 11,000 reviews per year, this is a great magazine for Aussies and others looking to expand their knowledge of and collection of wine.
Whether you’re looking to treat yourself to a subscription or need a gift for a wine-loving friend, there are a variety of in print wine magazines varying in style and focus. Which one has you considering a subscription? Already read one? Tell us about it!