It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by social media, but if you know where to look, it really can open a whole world of information. Instead of saving your wine banter for Friday night, scroll through Twitter in the morning for the lowdown on new trends. Many top brands are actually very approachable on social media, so don’t be surprised if you get a reply from your favorite wine connoisseur. Follow these 10 accounts for the latest and greatest in the wine industry.
1. Wine Spectator
Wine Spectator is one of the most influential sources for everything wine related, so it makes perfect sense that its Twitter feed makes the cut. The site features more than 250,000 wine ratings, blogs, videos and tasting reports, and its Twitter feed reflects the newest findings. At first glance the feed looks a bit hashtag heavy, but there are some great promotions going on, so keep reading. It might just score you a sweet discount.
2. Jancis Robinson
From the moment you click through to Jancis Robinson's site, a wave of calm washes over you. Maybe it's the soft purple and off-white color palette or the travel features of exotic locales and hidden cities in Europe, but her content never fails to impress. As a self-described family-loving workaholic, you can expect short tweets that get straight to the point and inspirational photos from her jaunts abroad. Her feed is upbeat and conversational.
3. Tim Atkin
There's no doubt that when Tim Atkin tweets, followers read, and with credits like award-winning Master of Wine, journalist, presenter, wine judge and photographer, it’s no surprise why. When he's not sharing his expertise, he's retweeting other relevant wine articles and photos from influencers and wine lovers across the globe. Occasionally, he’ll tweet about sports, books, music and film, but for the most part, it’s all wine, all day.
4. Jamie Goode
Jamie Goode's Twitter feed is lively and full of valuable information. As a wine columnist with UK national newspaper The Sunday Express, it's literally Goode's job to sample and review wines. He's also a bit of a TV guest regular and speaks at events from time to time. His feed goes back and forth between personal photo highlights and news articles.
5. The Wine Wankers
The Wine Wankers, aka three guys named Conrad, Neal and Drew, are every bit as quirky as their Twitter handle suggests. If you don't have time to read all of their adventures on their blog, get the skinny on their Twitter feed instead. In between wine tips, they mix things up with on-the-go photos, funny graphics and infographics. They call themselves the “pop music of #wine,” so expect lots of laughs with these three.
6. Jon Thorsen
Based in Minneapolis, Jon Thorsen sticks to affordable, yet great-tasting, wines. His vision of buying wine that fits your lifestyle rather than changing your lifestyle to fit your wine is something we can all relate to, especially those of us with busy schedules and tight budgets. He's also all for experimentation and regularly posts updates from his latest discoveries. If you like what you see on Thorsen's Twitter feed, you can buy Reverse Wine Snob in book form.
Snooth is simple and smooth, although we're not sure that's how they got their name. As a community for wine lovers, the tweets appeal to both beginner wine drinkers and experienced professionals. Since 2007, the Snooth community has expanded and as a result, the site has millions of wine reviews and price listings plus winemaker features and trend pieces. Follow their feed for fresh content as well as upcoming wine events and promotions.
8. Alder Yarrow
Ideal for fellow San Francisco residents or anyone planning a trip to the Bay Area, Alder Yarrow focuses on wine and food at home and abroad. He stays pretty busy and his site reflects that, with content ranging from wine and restaurant reviews to wine news and the occasional rant. Yarrow's writing is genuine, which might explain why his passion project of running a blog quickly turned into one of the industry's most well-respected resources.
When you want professional wine recommendations, Decanter magazine is a safe bet. Don't know the difference between a fino and manzanilla sherry or how many producers there are in the appellation Chateau Grillet? Decanter has the answer. Tweets are short and concise, making it easy to scroll through the feed quickly. Destination-wise, it's a whirlwind: France, Canada, Australia and many more.
10. Luiz Alberto
As founder of the #winelover community, Luiz Alberto combines his passion for wine with his savvy social media skills. The Wine Hub compiles event listings, wine features and even a few fun quizzes to get you in the wine-drinking mood. There's also a wine glossary for all those unanswered vino questions. Alberto is great at interacting with fans and other members of the community, so don't be shy about tweeting him directly.
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