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Wine writing on the Net has really started to flourish over the past few years. While we have seen a handful of bloggers really break through to broad consumer bases, the transition of wine writing really didn’t make the move from print until quite recently.

A few exceptional writers have begun to publish focused newsletters on their favorite regions. To me this is the wave of the future: experts giving insight into very specific sets of wines. We’ve seen it before to a certain extent, but the latest set of authors to emerge has really brought the quality of the work available to its highest level ever.

Jeb Dunnuck’s Rhone Report is one of the most impressive of these new wine websites. It’s filled with tasting notes on not only Rhône wine but also Rhône varieties produced around the globe, as well as wines Jeb consumes with friends -- some of which, shockingly, are not Rhône varieties! If you’re into wines it’s well worth your time visiting The Rhone Report. The most recent issue of the downloadable report features more than 360 reviews of Châteauneuf-du-Pape from 2008 and 2009!

Vinosseur is a company founded by sommelier Joseph R. Di Blasi. is his website, where he writes about wine, food, restaurants, and other gastronomic experiences. Joseph grew up in Italy and California, but left the States in 2002 and now resides in Norway. It’s really a treat being able to get a uniquely European perspective on the wine scene from a native English speaker. From Georgia to the Veneto, and now even to Poland, Joseph gives us insight into wines and regions we rarely encounter in the U.S.

As the sub-title on David McDuff’s blog clearly states, his interests are broad. “Taking a bite.... Words on wine and food, plus cycling, music and other cultural phenomena” -- and he is not kidding. David’s writing can hit on food, philosophy and cycling, but it’s his wine work that, deservedly, gets the most attention. These are not simply reviews on wines but rather a full report. I love being able to explore the details of the land, the cellar, and people when tasting a wine, and no-one does that better than David.

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