12 Must Follow Wine People on Twitter

by Dale J. Cruse of Drinks Are On Me – Follow him @dalecruse

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Twitter use has exploded recently and every sector has experienced phenomenal growth – including the wine industry. Here’s a mixed 12-pack of the most-essential winos to follow on Twitter. It’s important to note that all of these are real people – not automated bots.

1. @garyvee – Gary Vaynerchuk is the undisputed heavyweight champion of wine and new media. It’s Gary’s wine world – we’re just living in it.

2. @billdaley – Bill Daley writes about food and wine for the Chicago Tribune. He’s one of the few old media types who seems to get new media.

3. @binendswine – Craig Drollett created Twitter Taste Live, an online Twitter platform uniting wine drinkers around the world for virtual tastings.

4. @winecast – Tim Elliott and crew create a consistently entertaining and enlightening wine audio podcast. The choicest tidbits end up on Twitter.

5. @pmabray – Paul Mabray and his company VinTank unleashed a wine social media white paper. Hopefully they’ll focus on wine bloggers next.

6. @ryanopaz and @gabriellaopaz – A twofer: Ryan and Gabriella Opaz are American expatriots living in Spain. Together they are a wonderful pair of international wine ambassadors.

7. @1winedude – Joe Roberts is smart, often clever, funny, unusually insightful, and always interesting to read.

8. @eljefetwisted – Jeff Stai is the owner and wine maker at Twisted Oak Winery in California. What’s not to like about his weird rubber chicken fetish?

9. @lenndevours – Forget California, Oregon, and Washington State wines. Lenn Thompson is on a mission to showcase the wines of New York State.

10. @kevinzraly – Kevin Zraly wrote the “Windows On The World Complete Wine Course,” considered by many to be THE wine book.

11. @sonadora – Megan Kenney is a government minion by day, wine blogger by night, and a great read all day long.

12. @dalecruse – Without being too self serving, I’m on a crusade to help people find the best wine information and trusted voices on Twitter.

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  • June 7, 2009

    Nice. Thanks for sharing!

  • June 7, 2009

    This is great. Thank you!

  • June 7, 2009

    Sad that there is none from the land of wine (which is Italy).
    Sad because probably Italian wine expert are still living in the ’80s

  • June 7, 2009

    If you are talking fine wine.. then you should also be following @albanywines. David and his team are expert on all matters relating to the buying, investing and of course the drinking of wine.

  • June 7, 2009

    I was wondering what happened to the “who to follow” lists. Thanks for the refresher, I think we need more of these!

  • June 7, 2009

    Thanks for the mention! Though if you want to hear the best wine info from both of us, follow: @catavino our main wine account! Great list…cheers, r

  • June 7, 2009

    What a great idea. I’m familiar with all of them except #6, thanks for the tip!

  • June 7, 2009

    Great list! I follow them all. Very engaging!
    Like #8, I’m a wine maker and we gather great insights and ideas from the wine twittering public. I also run @township7 and @blackcloudwine for those operations.
    It’s a great theatre of exchange, this Twitter thing.

  • June 7, 2009

    Many thanks for including me.very honored to be in with the others. You made my week!

  • June 7, 2009

    Thanks for keeping these list coming!

  • June 7, 2009

    Great this its showthing that twitter its allow for any short of twitter user.

  • June 7, 2009

    Thank you! I have been wondering who to follow when it comes to wine. Great list!

  • June 7, 2009

    Thanks for the mention! This explains the extra 100+ followers today…

    Now… back to drinking!


  • June 7, 2009

    Thanks for doing this, but I think you missed some good ones, including @vinography and @larrythewineguy.

  • June 7, 2009

    So there are no voices on wine outside of the U.S.??……what about Jancis Robinson, Jamie Goode, Tim Aitkin, Oz Clark, James Halliday, Campbell Mattinson, Fiona Beckett, Natalie MacLean…..many more too :)

  • June 7, 2009

    I agree that your list has a number of great wine biz folks, but great people doesn’t necessarily translate to useful tweets. Some of the best wine twitters, IMHO are @tishwine @jancisRobinson @ablegrape @vinography @enobytes @winematcher @kevinzraly

    …and I think it’s a bit tacky that you included yourself in the top 12 mix.

  • June 8, 2009

    Good list. Need to find more representation from all over still. Would be nice to see an icon like @JancisRobinson in the list as well.

  • June 8, 2009

    Great List – Thanks for the great info! Also think the feedback comments are great – I’ll keep an eye out for the peeps @Supernova named too.

  • June 10, 2009

    Honored to be mentioned with a bunch of great wine biz tweeter and as the posts indicate, there are many more great wine tweeters out there.

  • October 20, 2009

    I follow all of these people — and have met almost all of them in real life. I can attest to their awesomeness and twitter influence.

    Now, who are the top 12 must follow beer people on twitter, I wonder?

  • February 24, 2010

    What a GREAT LIST, I have been looking for a list like this for some time.

    Let’s keep this Industry ROLLING –
    We are the Wine Change WE SEEK!


  • July 1, 2010

    Thanks for the post. That’s exactly what I was searching for: joining the beautiful community of wine passionates. I am now following them all via twitter.Great job, folks!

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