Wine is prominent as GlobalData research has found the top influencers on beverages based on their performance and engagement online. Using research from GlobalData’s Influencer platform, Drinks Insight Network has named ten of the most influential people in beverages on Twitter during Q2 2020.

Biggest influencers in beverages: The top ten in Q2 2020

1. Peter Dickens (@pietrosd)

Peter Dickens is a wine consultant from Worcestershire, UK, having spent four years in wine-tasting. He shares a passion for UK and Italian wines. Peter began tweeting about his wine experiences using the #yearofwine hashtag on Twitter.

Twitter followers: 23,015

GlobalData influencer score: 100

2. Robert Joseph (@robertjoseph)

Robert Joseph is a wine consultant and writer. He is also a partner at the Real Business of Wine, focused at sharing professional expertise and experience on the wine industry. He launched the Wine International Magazine in 1983 and has written more than 20 books sharing his passion for wines.

Robert hosts The Wine Thinker blog and started the International Wine Challenge, the world’s biggest wine competition. He has also taught at the Burgundy Business School and Sonoma State.

Twitter followers: 31,204

GlobalData influencer score: 91

3. Julien Miquel (@JMiquelWine)

Julien Miquel is a winemaker, blogger, and wine YouTuber. He created Social Vignerons in 2014, a wine blog, a worldwide community for wine lovers and professionals to share their passion and knowledge. Julien has been making wines for more than ten years. He offers consultancy to industry players to help improve their online and social media strategy through a programme called OSMERP.

Twitter followers: 236,629

GlobalData influencer score: 89

4. Frankie Cook (@frankstero)

Frankie Cook is a wine aficionado currently serving as a wine advisor for Baggot Street Wines. He is a key industry writer for the Glass of Bubbly magazine covering Champagne and Sparkling Wine in particular and also contributes to the Frankly Wines blog covering wine events and more.

Frank organises casual wine-tasting events, and also the Alsace Wine Week in Ireland, in order to share more knowledge about Alsace wines.

Twitter followers: 19,221

GlobalData influencer score: 72

5. Jon Thorsen (@ReverseWineSnob)

Jon Thorsen is a strategic marketer, currently serving as the senior director of marketing at Northern Tool+Equipment. He is the founder of Reverse Wine Snob, a website that rates wines based on a unique scoring algorithm including cost and taste. It has been listed as one of the most visited wine websites, with almost 4.5 million visitors in 2019.

Jon has extensive experience across big data, analytics, direct marketing, and social media marketing with successful start-up experience across industries and channels.

Twitter followers: 231,019

GlobalData influencer score: 71

6. Jamie Goode (@jamiegoode)

Jamie Goode is a wine journalist and consultant offering consulting services to wine businesses. He founded the Wine anorak wine, a leading consumer website in 1999. Jamie is also a columnist for The Sunday Express, and has contributed towards many trade and consumer magazines. He was the winner of the Glenfiddich Winewriter Award in 2007.

Twitter followers: 50,904

GlobalData influencer score: 68

7. Fiona Beckett (@winematcher)

Fiona Beckett is a wine writer and consultant. She currently serves as a wine columnist for Guardian and is the contributing editor for Decanter. Fiona founded the Matching Food and Wine blog, which offers pairing advice to amateurs as well as experts.

Fiona has authored 24 books on food, wine, and beer. She also writes for Nat Geo Traveller Food and Club Oenologique, an exclusive community for wine enthusiasts and co-hosts the Batonnage podcast, featuring top commentators from the wine industry.

Twitter followers: 44,965

GlobalData influencer score: 64

8. Melissa Cole (@MelissaCole)

Melissa Cole is a beer and food writer, and consultant. Certified under the Cicerone© Certification Program, Melissa is regarded as among the UK’s top experts in pairing and cooking with beer. She has also authored books such as Let Me Tell You About Beer, the Little Book of Craft Beer, and the Beer Kitchen. She created the Melissa Cole Beer blog and is a member of the Guild of Beer Sommeliers.

Twitter followers: 36,376

GlobalData influencer score: 63

9. Tim Atkin (@timatkin)

Tim Atkin is an award-winning wine journalist with over 30 years of experience in the industry. He created the website, and contributes to publications including Decanter, Harpers, The World of Fine Wine, and The Drinks Business. The chairman of the Wines from Spain Awards and the Languedoc-Roussillon Top 100, Tim has authored books such as Chardonnay and Vins de Pays d’Oc.

Twitter followers: 70,181

GlobalData influencer score: 62

10. Sorcha Holloway (@SorchaHolloway)

Sorcha Holloway is a wine consultant and communicator. She founded and hosts the #ukwinehour chat, which is a collaboration of wine professionals and enthusiasts alike. This has also led to the regular live tasting event #ukwinehourlive.

Twitter followers: 8,867

GlobalData influencer score: 60

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