Top 15 Wine Influencers You Should Follow

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Wine is best enjoyed with friends, and wine influencers are the closest thing brands have to recreating that relationship in the digital landscape. 

Many demographics can be hard to reach with traditional advertising. But by partnering with wine creators on social media, brands can leverage the authentic connection and trust these influencers have with their audience to amplify their reach and get products in front of people who otherwise might not ever hear of them. 

How have influencers affected the wine industry?

Social media creators play a massive role in driving industry trends and customer decisions. This influence is especially valuable in the wine industry, where a single mention of a brand or bottle can skyrocket sales in the snap of a finger. 

Take, for example, chef-turned-rapper Action Bronson’s endorsement of a bottle of Cornelissen’s Susucaru in the 2016 Viceland television show “F*ck, That’s Delicious.” SevenFiftyDaily reported that after Bronson reviewed the wine, 24,000 people searched for Susucaru on Wine Searcher the month the show aired. The beverage had just 1,300 searches in the year prior. 

Influencers can also help brands reach demographics historically excluded from wine advertisements. During the offseason, NBA superstar LeBron James is known to post about his love affair with wine and even draft “wine all-star teams.” While his taste might be a bit rich compared with the average consumer, James still gets the wine conversation started with his 100 million-plus Instagram followers, and set a trend for other NBA stars to do the same.  

The best-performing content for wine influencers

With nearly 200 different types of wine and more than 10,000 different labels, selecting the right bottle can be an overwhelming experience. 

Wine types at a glance table
Image via Wine & Drama

Wine Types at a Glance

Wine Categories: Sparkling, Dry White, Sweet White, Rich White, Light Red, Medium Red, Bold Red, Dessert / Liqueur

  • Champagne
  • Prosecco
  • Cava
  • Sekt
  • Cremant
  • Rosé
  • American Sparkling Wine
  • Moscato d’Asti
  • Lambrusco
Dry White
  • Pinot Grigio
  • Albariño
  • Grüner Veltliner
  • Sauvignon Blanc
  • Chardonnay (Unoaked)
  • Muscadet
  • Gewürtztraminer
  • Riesling
  • Vihno Verde
Sweet White
  • Moscato d’Asti
  • Moscato
  • Gewurztraminer
  • Moscatel
  • Ice Wine
  • Riesling
  • Late Harvest Wine
  • Tokaji
  • Sauternes
Rich White
  • Vourvay
  • Pinot Gris
  • Viognier
  • Chardonnay (Oaked)
  • White Rhone
  • Semillon
  • Chenin Blanc
  • White Rioja
Light Red
  • Gamay
  • Cinsault
  • Lambrusco
  • Nebbiolo
  • Primitivo
  • Pinot Noir
Medium Red
  • Grenache
  • Carmenere
  • Cabernet Franc
  • Sangiovese
  • Negroamaro
  • Rhone Blend
  • Merlot
  • Montepulciano
  • Zinfandel
Bold Red
  • Tempranillo
  • Malbec
  • Bordeaux Blend
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Syrah / Shiraz
  • Mourvedre
  • Pinotage
  • Petite Sirah
  • Tannat
Dessert / Liqueur
  • Mostato D’Asti
  • Muscat
  • Sauternes
  • Madeira
  • Sherry
  • Port
  • Vinsanto
  • Tokaji

Many wine influencers find success breaking the complex industry down into fun, accessible photo or short-form video content that can help the average consumer make an informed decision. 

Wine content on social media often features tasty bottles with an affordable price tag, or a digestible guide to which wines pair best with different foods. Some creators also offer tasting tips for those who want to take their wine experience to the next level. 

But regardless of the subject matter, wine influencers almost universally present their content in an accessible way that helps spread love for wine and the culture that surrounds it. 

The most popular platforms for wine influencers

Instagram’s high quality posting options and vibrant creator environment makes it the place to be for wine influencers. The platform has more than 120 million users in the United States alone, 40 million of which are expected to have made at least one purchase via Instagram by 2025. 

TikTok, however, recently surpassed Instagram in users from the Gen Z demographic and has quickly become one of the most intriguing destinations for wine marketers. 

Line graph of US Gen Z Instagram, Snapchat, and TikTok Users, 2019-2025 (millions)
Image via eMarketer

US Gen Z Instagram, Snapchat, and TikTok Users




  • Instagram: 26.1
  • Snapchat: 33.7
  • TikTok: 19.8


  • Instagram: 30
  • Snapchat: 38.1
  • TikTok: 29.5


  • Instagram: 33.3
  • Snapchat: 42
  • TikTok: 37.3


  • Instagram: 37.3
  • Snapchat: 44.5
  • TikTok: 41.4


  • Instagram: 41.4
  • Snapchat: 47
  • TikTok: 45


  • Instagram: 45.7
  • Snapchat: 49.6
  • TikTok: 48.2


  • Instagram: 48.3
  • Snapchat: 49.5
  • TikTok: 48.8

Note: individuals born between 1997-2012 who access their account via any device at least once per month

Source: eMarketer, May 2021

Gen Z wine drinkers aged 21-24 are far less likely than older wine drinkers to have an established brand affinity. That makes the corners of #winetok and #winetiktok ripe for companies looking to scale their brand by getting their bottles and products into the hands of the platform’s budding megastars. 

What do wine influencers mean to the wine industry

Education and awareness is falling out of the hands of traditional industry experts and critics and into the hands of those who simply love wine and want to have fun with it. Influencers are masters at putting the latter on display, and wineries and retailers are starting to take notice. As people spend more time on social media apps, wine brands can put their content in front of new demographics in a way that makes their product exciting and accessible for everyone. 

How to leverage wine influencers for your brand

A poll by VinePair, a magazine with a readership of more than 5 million people, found that 70% of readers listed friends as their most trusted source for wine recommendations. That gives brands the perfect opportunity to partner with influencers who have already built that credibility and genuine connection with their audience. A simple mention of a brand or type of wine from a trusted creator can send consumers flocking to the wine aisle, and in some cases, might not cost much more than a free bottle of wine. 

Top 15 wine influencers to follow

Top 5 wine influencers on Instagram

1. Laura Catena

Laura Catenta is an author, physician, and a fourth generation Argentine vinter. She is the current general director of two wineries and is a practicing physician at University of California San Francisco Medical Center. Laura has been called “the face of Argentinian wine” and was named one of the top 25 wine innovators in 2014. 

2. Pascaline Lepeltier

Pascaline Lepeltier is a French native and master sommelier who currently resides in New York where she oversees a 2000-plus wine list at Racines NYC, one of the top wine destinations in the United States. Pascaline was voted Best French Sommelier in 2018, first woman to be given the prestigious “Personality of the Year Award” in 2019 by La Revue du Vin de France.

3. Richard Miyake

Richard Miyake is an amateur wine enthusiast and photographer known for his wine tastings on Instagram. Richard often goes beyond the typical age, location, and flavor when describing wines, and likes to use famous quotes to describe each wine’s unique notes. He tastes well-known, as well as smaller wine labels from around the world. 

4. Shakera Jones

Shakera Jones is a tech professional by day and a wine student by night, with a goal to teach people about wine and food no matter their knowledge or experience. She was named one of the top rising Black voices in wine in 2020 and made Wine Enthusiasts list of 40 under 40 tastemakers. Shakera hosts a podcast called A Glass for Every Palate where she speaks with wine industry personalities from around the world. 

5. Paul Laurie

Paul Laurie is a wine columnist for Essex Living Magazine. He is popular for his wine tastings from around the world on social media where he is known as Essexwineman. When he is not spreading his knowledge and love for wine on Instagram, Paul is promoting and raising funds for The Burnt Chef Project, a nonprofit with a goal of making the hospitality industry healthier and more sustainable. 

Top 5 wine influencers on TikTok

1. themillenialsomm

@themillennialsomm What is a “vintage” and why does it materr? Live tasting every Tuesday! #winetok ♬ original sound – themillennialsomm

Isis Daniel, known on social media as The Millennial Somm, is one of the best known creators on #winetok and has carved out a niche for herself as one of the few young wine professionals. She was recognized earlier this year by Black Enterprise as one of the five black men and women influencing the wine industry and made Wine Enthusiasts list of 40 under 40 tastemakers

2. Apwasiwine

@apwasiwine Be respectful when it comes to sensitive topics. Use this tip to help navigate through these scenarios. #APWASI #EtiquetteCourse #EtiquetteExpert #EtiquetteLessons #EtiquetteMaster #EtiquetteTips #EtiquetteCoach #DrClintonLee #etiquetteclass ♬ original sound – Apwasiwine

Dr. Clinton Lee is executive director of the Asia Pacific Wine and Spirit Institute (APWASI) and the face of APWASI’s popular social media accounts. Dr. Lee is known on social media as a wine and etiquette master who offers tips on everything from wine pairings to how to properly read a menu at a restaurant. 

3. legallywined

@legallywined #sponsored ⭐️EYES FILLED WITH STARS⭐️ Film and wine are two of life's greatest pleasures, so it's only appropriate I throw a fabulous Oscars® watch party with @Clarendelle – the exclusive red and white wines served at the 96th Oscars® this year. Film and wine both have the ability to bring people from different walks of life together, and as many of you know, my love for film is what initially led me to the world of wine. So not only is this ceremony extra special (hint: the duo behind a famous wine movie got together for a different film this year!), it'll be especially memorable celebrating two things I love with Clarendelle wine. So grab a bottle, your favorite snacks, and enjoy! Please drink responsibly. #Clarendelle #Oscars #AcademyMuseum #WineMoments #Frenchwine #WatchParty #winetok #winetiktok #howtoguide #sommelier ♬ original sound – Michelle

Michelle Chen is another influential young #winetok creator. She is known as legallywined on TikTok and is a level-2 certified former sommelier now working as a lawyer in Los Angeles. A Taiwanese immigrant, Michelle’s mission for her TikTok channel is to make wine more accessible to everything through fun, educational videos.  

4. The Wine Guru

@thewineguru Replying to @Marcia Minte #sweet #candy #myrecommendation #moscato #wine #lover #cheers ♬ original sound – kelsey

The Wine Guru has built a dedicated following on TikTok with her funny yet informative wine reviews. Many of her shorts come from the wine aisle of a liquor store and feature a “simple” yes or no rating on her favorite affordable wines and seasonal beverages. 

5. David Choi

@winewithdavid Need new friends. #winewithdavid #wine ♬ original sound – Carnivore Nutrition

David Choi is the former owner of one of the United States’ oldest and largest wine stores, Pearson’s Wine & Spirits, and the current proprietor at Magna Carta winery in Napa Valley. David is outspoken against wine “gatekeepers” and is known on his popular TikTok channel for pairing wines with just about any food imaginable. 

Top 5 wine influencers on YouTube

1. James Suckling

James Suckling the former senior editor of Wine Spectator and regarded as one of the world’s most influential wine critics. James’ channel features tastings with famous wine makers from around the world and solo tastings that are uploaded regularly.  

2. Wine With Jimmy

Need help studying for a Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) exam? Jimmy Smith is your man. Jimmy is a WSET tutor and wine educator based in the UK. His channel is meant to help students earn the wine qualifications, as well as present general wine knowledge to the public in a way that is approachable and easy to understand. 

3. Bob Paulinski

Bob Paulinski is a distinguished wine expert with extensive experience in wine buying and brand development. With a career spanning roles such as Senior Wine Buyer for Coles Liquor in Australia and earlier positions at BevMo in the U.S., Bob has a deep understanding of the global wine market. He is also a respected wine judge, frequently participating in international wine competitions.

4. Tom Cannavan

Tom Cannavan is a journalist, broadcaster, and one of the UK’s best-known wine experts. Tom publishes a new Wine of the Week video every Sunday where he reviews a fair-priced wine that still tastes great. More of Tom’s content can be found at his website

5. Unemployed Wine Guy

Prescott Vanmeyer III, also known as the Unemployed Wine Guy, started his channel with a mission of “sommeliering on a budget.” He has since pivoted from exclusively wine to food and alcohol from across the spectrum. Some of his reviews feature products that might make the other names on this list crinkle their nose, but Prescott’s content is sure to keep you entertained regardless. 

Brands Already Taking Advantage of Wine Influencers for Marketing Success

1. Coravin

Coravin collaborates with all types of influencers to help promote its wine preservation technology. The brand encourages its partners to share wine experience on Instagram and include a shot of them using one of its popular products. 

2. Wines ‘Til Sold Out (WTSO)

WTSO uses high-quality creator content to promote its online wine store via its Instagram page. The page also hosts wine giveaways and posts interactive graphics to its growing list of followers. 

3. La Crema

La Crema Winery regularly partners with wine bloggers and influencers for Instagram giveaways. These campaigns are great for companies trying to increase brand awareness and have worked wonders for La Crema, which has grown its IG following to more than 15,000. 


Creators are now essential for connecting audiences with different wineries and wine-related products. Keep in mind – some of your biggest fans might not even know you exist yet, so use these wine influencers to build brand awareness, then trust, by helping them educate their audience on what you have to offer. When done effectively, this technique will nurture a new, raving fanbase for your brand. 

Learn more about influencer marketing: Influencer Marketing 101

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Written by Quinn Schwartz

Quinn studied journalism at the University of Kentucky and now lives in Portland, Oregon. He’s particularly interested in storytelling in digital marketing and cost-effective creator strategies for smaller brands. When he’s not writing, you can find him at a concert, dog park, or debating whether or not to go on a run.

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