So, there I was, looking at the back end of this wine blog (something I do everyday, to analyze what’s going on behind the scenes)… It’s like stepping behind the Wizard of Oz’s curtain… And I saw this link:

Clinton Stark of Stark Insider, evaluated wine blogs in 2009, so I see when someone reads that story and clicks over to Wine Blog, probably out of sheer curiosity, just as I do for the same reason.

In 2009, Juicy Tales got an honorable mention,”Wine Blog – best name of the bunch.”

Hey, I’m in marketing… Would there be any other name to come to me? “Juicy Tales” came later, as I realized that I’ve got more than a few up my sleeve. Some, you’d want to know about and they’re not yet told; some I wouldn’t dare tell, but you’d still want to know about them…

I went to Clinton’s link only to find that he’s updated his blog, because it had been four (quick) years. His latest post is titled, Best Wine Blogs 2013. Well, this one is new, and I was expecting to circle back to 2009.

Clinton’s got a great list of blogs, mostly I know who everyone is. But, the very first one is new to me, and worth all of our attention. Quoting Clinton:

“Wine Folly (Madeline Puckette)

“I could watch for hours.

“Okay, it doesn’t hurt that Madeline is a bit of a slinky goth siren, her voice like Ellen Barken. She asks, ‘Do you drink wine?’ I say, hell yes. Uh, what was the question again?

“Relatively new to the wine blog scene, Wine Folly stands out not only because of Madeline’s quirky charisma, but also because her videos are so darn entertaining and informative. Videos are the wine blogosphere’s Snuffleupagus.”

As you can see, our friend Clinton is a provocatively creative writer; while his day-to-day passion is the tech world, he’s also connected to wine as a passion. and honestly, any list I’d create about the best wine blog, Clinton would be in that list.


Madeline Puckette is adorable, is how I came to see her. (I was curious and went to her Website to learn more.) She’s talking to a whole new generation of wine lovers, and she’s got a fun voice, because she so easy and approachable. Check out this video, you’ll see what I mean.

Clinton lists important criteria for how he’s come to construct his list:

  • Frequency of updating
  • Quality of content
  • Uniqueness
  • Domain knowledge
  • Perseverance
  • Opinion and Point of view

He states that the list is in no particular order;

With an update on Feb. 2:

UPDATE FEB 2, 2013: In my haste to complete this “short” piece I realized I had jotted down a few other wine blogs/sites worth a visit and failed to mention them. Quit Wineing may be one of the only wine blogs based out of Las Vegas (at least that I’m aware of). Courtney’s visual style is one-of-a-kind. Broadcast journalist Monique Soltani of Wine Oh TV is on the town. And how on earth did I forgot to mention the great Tyler Colman, aka Dr. Vino?!

I’m so humbled to be in this list of accomplished people, all of whom I greatly admire… My sheer perseverance has to be the “why,” although I know that I was born to be unique, so that probably helped, too.

Public “Thanks so much, Clinton.” Now, I need to create another list of my own “must reads.” Clinton will, of course be on it, and he’s also pretty much done half of the work for me…

Oh, yeah. Why Paris Hilton? Clinton wrote, “Juicy, yet not one single photo of Paris Hilton.” This image of Paris was especially selected for its innocent juiciness…. [Thanks,]