Whether you’re starting a career in the wine industry, a seasoned wine industry professional or you just want to pick up on a few tidbits of info from some of the best, social media is a great place to start.

Plenty of people consider themselves influencers in the wine industry — but do they have the experience and/or education to back that up? These are our top picks for people to follow in the wine industry.

 

1. Wine Influencer: Debra Meiburg, MW

Wine Media Agency

Ms. Meiburg is one of very few wine industry professionals that has achieved her Masters of Wine. Her company, Meiburg Wine Media (MWM) is based in Hong Kong and offers full service wine marketing, events, education, consultancy and much more. She is the leading voice of wine in Asia and definitely one to follow.


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2. Wine Influencer: Eric Asimov

NY Times Chief Wine Critic

Fascinated by eating and drinking as a teen, it was natural for Mr. Asimov to follow his passion into the world of wine writing. He’s not stuffy or pretentious when it comes to wine, and believes that wine should never be reduced to just its tasting notes.


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3. Wine Influencer: Gary Vaynerchuk

Wine Library TV

With a cult-like following of about 80K viewers per day, Gary Vaynerchuk has rubbed elbows with the likes of Ellen DeGeneres and Conan O’Brien. He’s pretty unconventional and aims to smash the stereotype of the Wine Snob.


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4. Wine Influencer: James Halliday

Halliday Wine Companion

James Halliday is the leading influencer in Australia with a team of wine writers and the Annual Halliday Wine Competition Awards. Author of the annual Halliday Wine Companion, a guide to the best wines Australia has to offer.


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5. Wine Influencer: James Suckling

Wine Journalist & Filmmaker

Having been a critic in the wine industry for over 30 years, James Suckling reports on wine regions around the world, gives scores and tasting notes on wines and offers inside information on the wine industry. Formerly the editor for Wine Spectator, he has now created his own family business with his son as Tasting Editor and his wife as Vice President.

 


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6. Wine Influencer: Jancis Robinson, MW

International Best-Selling Wine Author

Based in the UK and arguably the most influential wine professional in the world, Jancis Robinson has co-authored The Oxford Companion to Wine, now in its 4th edition, used by wine students everywhere as THE reference book.


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7. Wine Influencer: Jeannie Cho Lee, MW

Wine Professor and Author

She really does it all: professor, TV host, speaker, writer, wine critic, wine glass designer and more. Jeannie Cho Lee started her wine diaries in 1992 and has been judging wines ever since. She is a leading global wine influencer.

 


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8. Wine Influencer: Robert Parker

Wine Advocate Magazine

A resident of Maryland, USA and one of the best known wine critics in the world, Robert Parker has received numerous honours from around the globe. In 2013, Robert Parker became the first wine critic inducted to the Napa valley Culinary Institute Of America’s Vintners Hall of Fame.


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