The best wine and whiskey Instagram accounts to follow

These are the leading writers, critics, sommeliers and aficionados to follow, whether you want tips on the best whiskey distilleries to visit, advice on wine pairings or a guide to Thailand wines.

Named after a benign fungus used in the cultivation of certain grapes, Noble Rot began life as a hip magazine dedicated to the best wines, foods and graphic arts. A highlight is his food-themed talks with artists, comedians and musicians. Since 2015, Noble Rot has also expanded into the restaurant sector, opening two establishments in the Bloomsbury and Soho areas of London. The latter won the “Wine List of the Year” in 2021 and 2022 at the National Restaurant Awards.

It took Glasgow spirits writer Dave Broom 10 years to write his latest book, A Sense of Place: A Scotch Whiskey Journey (released September 29, 2022). During this time, he took to social media to document his findings as he traveled the country to learn about topics spanning sustainability, bioregionalism, forestry and glassmaking – as well as what the future might hold. reserve to some of the country’s historic whiskey-making communities. .

After quitting her job in finance in 1990, Indiana-born Andrea Robinson spent six months traveling through Europe learning about wine. Seven years later, she became the first woman to be named America’s Best Sommelier by the Sommelier Society of America – and she is one of only 34 female Master Sommeliers in the world. As a Delta Airlines sommelier, she also has the enviable task of tasting more than 2,000 wines on land and in the air to compare the effects of altitude on taste. Her account is packed with industry insider knowledge and she often shares her passion for sustainable wine producers.

A whiskey lover’s paradise in Asia, Club Qing, located in Hong Kong, has been serving rare and ancient whiskeys since 2015. It specializes in Japanese and Scottish varieties, many of which come from defunct “ghost” distilleries. Others are almost a century old. On Instagram, he shares tasting notes from some of the hardest-to-find bottles on his shelves.

Billing itself as the #1 destination for “newbies to wine and beyond,” Wine Folly regularly publishes reviews, quizzes, wine pairing notes, and gift guides for all levels of connoisseurs. It even has its own wine club. The woman behind it is Madeline Puckette, who uses her background in graphic design to create clever infographics covering topics such as how to choose the perfect champagne flute and when wine should be cellared.

William Kelley is a journalist with a penchant for criticizing sparkling wines from Burgundy, Bordeaux, Champagne, Madeira and England. He is also associate editor of Robert Parker Wine Advocate, a website that contains tasting notes from professional critics for nearly half a million different wines. On Instagram, you can see photos of some of the oldest and rarest wines he’s tasted, including a handful so special they’re known as “unicorns.”

Bringing together people from around the world who share a passion for all things champagne, this account is a combination of followers’ favorite bottle submissions, as well as regular champagne facts. For example, did you know that to loosen the build-up of sediment, a good cellar master can swirl up to 40,000 bottles of champagne by hand in a single day?

Shinya Tasaki is a Japanese sommelier who in 1995 became the first – and to date only – Asian national to be named the world’s best sommelier by the Association de la Sommellerie Internationale. He also received the Yellow Ribbon Medal of Honor from the Emperor of Japan for his contribution to the sommelier profession. This feed documents the regular meetings of its Tokyo wine club, where members come together to taste wines from around the world, often paired with French-Japanese cuisine.

Carafe is one of the leading voices on all things wine. Through its print magazine, website and social media channels, it guides the opinions of over 2 million aficionados in over 100 countries. In addition to regular news, reviews and travel guides, Carafe also organizes regular tastings and the largest annual wine competition in the world.

As a wine critic for The New York Times, Eric Asimov is one of America’s most influential wine writers. Instagram is a great way to catch up on his latest articles for the journal, which cover everything from the best temperatures for serving red wines, to whether there’s a more eco-friendly alternative to glass wine bottles. .

Noortje is the woman behind Whiskey Lifestyle, a blog that offers whiskey tasting notes and travel guides, including the best places to visit for brilliant distilleries, bars, shops and festivals. On Instagram, she combines her love for a dram with a passion for photography, regularly uploading evocative photos of her visits to whiskey hotspots around the world.

The largest wine museum in the world, La Cité du Vin, opened in Bordeaux in 2016. Alongside the permanent galleries, there are restaurants, bars and an impressive cellar where regular tastings take place. There is also a temporary exhibition space which recently hosted the show Picasso, The Effervescence of Forms, which looked at the role of wine and spirits in the painter’s work. The museum uses Instagram to share images of the museum’s amazing architecture as well as upcoming events.

A sommelier by trade, having worked in Michelin-starred restaurants in Capri and Rome, Andrea Zigrossi has become the unofficial ambassador of a young and hedonistic new generation of wine lovers. Along with promoting some of the coolest wines and latest gimmicks, Zigrossi also documents its “Trotter Wine World Tour,” which includes wine tours in more unusual locations, like Morocco and Thailand.

Wine Club is a print and digital wine and spirits magazine that covers everything from five-star hotel openings in historic vineyards to blind ambition, the feel-good film about Zimbabwean refugees competing in the World Blind Wine Tasting Championship. Instagram is the perfect way to keep up to date with all of her latest posts, one of which reviews wine aged under the sea.

Thanks to the way she combines a love of photography with her expertise in American wine, tastemaker Paige Comrie was named one of the “Top Wine Influencers in 2020” by the Sommeliers Choice Awards. Comrie specializes in championing local producers in its native Napa Valley and also offers online courses designed to build confidence when talking about wine.

In the spring of 2017, Edouard Thorens launched The WineStache with a mission to promote the most exciting natural wines. From his base in Switzerland, he traces the emergence of a new breed of winemakers across Europe, working with the land according to organic and biodynamic principles. He also shares ideas on what to drink and when, as well as the best food to go with it.

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Whether you’re looking for a romantic Valentine’s cocktail or a Manhattan aboard a boat in Manhattan, World’s Best Bars shares some of the most inspiring places to enjoy a sophisticated booze. It also offers regular recipes as well as guides on topics like the best sustainable whiskeys and how to choose the right type of ice for your drink.

With a master’s degree in wine studies, Georgia Panagopoulou – otherwise known as Wine Gini – is more qualified than most influencers to talk about all things grape. Thanks to his expertise, his guides on topics such as the different shades of rosé and the best Sunday afternoon wines have earned him more than 100,000 followers.

Do you know your gross from your sweet? Your Blanc de Blanc of your Blanc de Noir? Mike and Jeff, or the Sparkling Winos, are on a two-man mission to use Instagram to teach the world all there is to know about sparkling wine. Apart from being social media stars, they also wrote a book called life is in bubbles.

Since 1766, Christie’s has auctioned the finest and rarest wines and spirits in the world. Meanwhile, he’s selling rum rediscovered after 200 years, space-aged wine and the first bottle of whiskey to break the £1million mark. On Instagram, Christie’s team of specialists share some of their favorite drinks as well as highlights from upcoming auctions, both online and in auction rooms in London, New York, Hong Kong, Los Angeles and Geneva.

Elisha A. Tilghman