There are three Italians among the top social media wine influencers for 2017. This according to a classification drawn up by Julien Miquel, himself a top wine blogger and social media wine celebrity. And who names the digital sommelier in his prestigious wineblog Social Vignerons?
The fact that Italian is one of the languages frequently spoken among the best wine influencers is due to a Frenchman. This year, on his massively-followed social portal ‘Social Vignerons’, the wine expert Julien Miquel has again published his annual classification of the world’s most quoted and clicked-on web 2.0 wine influencers.
Social Vignerons is a hugely authoritative reference point in the wine sector. Just think, only six months after its launch in 2014, it was voted “Best New Wine Blog” at the Wine Blog Awards. In this age of social media, of instant communication, of connectivity and sharing, to be named in Julien Miquel’s top list is an enviable achievement and an invaluable conquest.
In Miquel’s top wine influencer classification for 2017 – chosen from bloggers, winemakers, journalists, connoisseurs and winelovers – three Italians appear in the 30 highest positions: Andrea Gori, Marilena Barbera and Francesco Saverio Russo. Respectively in positions 14, 21 and 22.
Andrea Gori: a 2.0 sommelier among the top 20 wine influencers
Chief sommelier in the Trattoria Da Burde, the restaurant in Florence which his family have owned since 1927, but also a journalist on Business People, writer and organiser of events for God Save the Wine. The latter is a multi-media wine festival which for every edition gathers winelovers and professionals and guides them on a wine-tasting tour of 10-12 winemakers in some of Italy’s most beautiful areas, between Florence, Roma, Bologna and Verona. Andrea Gori is highly versatile, multi-tasking and experimentally-minded.
But he is above all – as he likes to call himself – “an IT sommelier”. Because his twin passions are wine and technology. Two worlds which Andrea combines by using every tool that the web 2.0 offers for communicating everything to do with wine. From his first self-produced videos on wine – which today count a total of over 1 million and 600 thousand views – to the Da Burde wine blog: launched in 2007, in less than two years this became the most widely followed Italian wine blog, favoured by swarms of wine enthusiasts.