GlobalData research has found the top beverage influencers 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 Q3 2019.

Top ten beverages influencers in Q3

1. Peter Dickens (@pietrosd)

Peter Dickens is a wine connoisseur 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.

He launched a blog named Pietrovini.com to further his interest in wine and share it with his followers. Peter also writes blogs on sampling different types of wines with details of his visits to wineries.

Twitter followers: 22,326

GlobalData influencer score: 100

2. Robert Joseph (@robertjoseph)

Robert Joseph is a consultant and commentator in the wine industry. He is a wine producer for the le Grand Noir and Greener Planet wine ranges. Robert is also an experienced journalist in 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 provides consultancy services to businesses and organisations and has taught at Burgundy Business School and Sonoma State.

His recent achievements include the Vinventions Award for Innovation in 2018 and launch of the Meininger’s Wine Business International website.

Twitter followers: 29,973

GlobalData influencer score: 90

3. Fabien Laine (@creativefabien)

Fabien Laine is a wine, food, and travel entrepreneur based in France. He serves as a content creator and editor on a number of media platforms.

Fabien has expertise in sales, e-commerce, website development, brand development, social media, videography and photography, and events. He founded his blog, Creative Fabien, in 2010, which documents the tales of his travel, food, and drinks.

He also offers his expertise through his blog for transforming brands. Some of the brands he has worked for include Catena Zapata, Wines of Brasil, and Millésima.

Twitter followers: 16,826

GlobalData influencer score: 88

4. Jon Thorsen (@ReverseWineSnob)

Jon Thorsen is a strategic marketer, currently serving as the senior director of marketing at Northern Tool+Equipment.

He founded the website, Reverse Wine Snob, with the aim to make wine accessible to all. The website rates wines based on a unique scoring algorithm considering taste and affordability as the parameters. It has been listed as one of the most visited wine websites, having 4.5 million views in 2018.

Jon has also published the book ‘Reverse Wine Snob: How to buy and drink great wine without breaking the bank’ in 2015. He has extensive experience in database, analytics, direct marketing, and social media marketing.

Twitter followers: 237,822

GlobalData influencer score: 83

5. Frankie Cook (@frankstero)

Frankie Cook is a wine aficionado currently serving as a wine advisor for Baggot Street Wines. He writes the Frankly Wines blog and is the key industry writer at the Glass of Bubbly® magazine.

Frank organises casual wine-tasting events. These are for friends and colleagues as well as agencies. He also participates in public wine-tasting events. Frank organises the Alsace Wine Week in Ireland, which aims to spread the knowledge about Alsace wines.

Twitter followers: 19,018

GlobalData influencer score: 80

6. Julien Miquel (@JMiquelWine)

Julien Miquel is a wine consultant, winemaker, writer, and wine YouTuber. He founded the blog Social Vignerons in 2014 to provide a platform to wine lovers and wine professionals across the world to share their passion and knowledge with each other.

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: 243,340

GlobalData influencer score: 78

7. Fiona Beckett (@winematcher)

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

Her specialties include food and drinks pairing and presenting. She 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.

Fiona is a co-host on the Batonnage podcast, which features top personalities and commentators in the wine industry. She was shortlisted as the International Wine and Spirit Competition Wine Communicator of the Year for 2019.

Twitter followers: 43,763

GlobalData influencer score: 76

8. Jamie Goode (@jamiegoode)

Jamie Goode is a wine journalist, author, and technical and marketing consultant offering consulting services to wine businesses. He founded the Wine anorak wine website in 1999.

Jamie offers lectures and is a columnist for The Sunday Express, Meininger’s Wine Business International, Noble Rot, and The World of Fine Wine. He was the winner of the Glenfiddich Winewriter Award in 2007.

Jamie also acts as a wine judge and is one of the co-chairs for the International Wine Challenge. He served as the judge for the Top 10 Chenin Blanc competition and WineAlign’s National Wine Awards.

Twitter followers: 48,913

GlobalData influencer score: 72

9. Melissa Cole (@MelissaCole)

Melissa Cole is a beer and food writer. She is certified under the Cicerone© Certification Program, which certifies and educates beer professionals. Melissa is considered among the UK’s top experts in pairing and cooking with beer.

Melissa learnt the art of brewing by collaborating with breweries such as Brasserie de la Senne, Fuller’s, St Austell, Odell, Thornbridge, Ilkley, Anspach & Hobday, and New Holland.

She launched her books Let Me Tell You About Beer, The Little Book of Craft Beer in 2017, and The Beer Kitchen in 2018. She also has a blog named Melissa Cole Beer and is a member of the Guild of Beer Sommeliers.

Twitter followers: 35,302

GlobalData influencer score: 71

10. Tim Atkin (@timatkin)

Tim Atkin is a wine writer, photographer, and founder of the TimAtkin.com website. Tim’s content is published on Decanter, Harpers, The World of Fine Wine, and The Drinks Business.

He has won more than 30 awards. These include the Glenfiddich Wine Writer Award and the Wine Guild of the United Kingdom’s Wine Columnist of the Year award. Tim has also authored the books Chardonnay and Vins de Pays d’Oc, while co-authoring several others.

Tim serves as the co-chairman of the International Wine Challenge and is one of the hosts of the Three Wine Men, a consumer event held across the UK.

Twitter followers: 67,252

GlobalData influencer score: 69

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