Wine buffs can now get Wine Spectator on Zinio, the digital newsstand, for $49.95 per 15 issues. Not to worry, the print magazine isn’t going anywhere, at least not yet. Those who like to show off their interest in wine by displaying copies of the large format mag on a coffee table will still be able to do it. But Zinio makes it possible to carry the latest issue(s) around with you to read whenever a few spare moments show up in your day.
It turns out Wine Spectator is not the only such publication going digital. It joins more than 50 wine and spirits titles already available on the service. Fifty? These include “Wine Enthusiast” (13 issues, $12.99) and the British wine magazine “Decanter” (12 issues, $51.35). French speakers can subscribe to “Cuisine et Vins de France” (6 issues, $13.30). Spanish speakers can get “El Gourmet from Argentina” (11 issues, $69.99). There’s a handful of Japanese wine mags, too.
The site is stuffed with food magazines, some 15 pages of them, many of limited interest. But the real finds here are “Donna Hay” magazine from Australia (3 for $13.41), “Cucina Italiana US” (7 for $14.95), and “Cuisine & Wine Asia” (6 for $13.99). A digital subscription to "Saveur" doesn't offer much savings: it's $19.99 for 9 issues. I think I’ll have to skip “Yummy 100 Everyday Recipes” ($3.99) among the stand-alones.
Missing in action: "Gault-Millau" mag from France. But I did find in the travel section, “Travel + Leisure India & South Asia” at the bargain price of $5.31 for 12 digital issues. The regular mag costs more, 12 issues for $29.99. I was actually hoping to find Australia’s excellent “Gourmet Traveler,” but no dice.
I expect more titles will be added in the future. I'm wondering, though, just how many subscribers could “Private Islands” possibly have?
To register for Zinio, the iOS or Android app can be downloaded at iTunes.
-- S. Irene Virbila
Cover of Wine Spectator, courtesy of M. Shanken Communications