This question has been answered in a number of different ways. Wine lists on the social media influence ranking engines are one way (Klout, Kred, and PeerIndex) but are very susceptible to gaming and don’t seem to have the mathematical genius and data grunt of Google’s algorithm and Facebook’s EdgeRank. Other wine business commentators have had a bash but have other issues. So I thought I would take a different approach.
I’d let six wine writers/bloggers/tweeters I respect, tell me, together. They are Jancis Robinson @JancisRobinson, Jamie Goode @jamiegoode and Robert McIntosh @thirstforwine from the UK, and Alder Yarrow @vinography, Steve Heimoff @SteveHeimoff and Tom Wark @tomcwark from the US. All of whom are active tweeters with a large number of followers who seem reasonably discerning of who they follow.
I used FollowerWonk, a twitter analysis tool made by some savvy internet people, to give me the data. Then analyzed that in a spreadsheet. I am only looking at what twitter accounts they follow – not who follows them – and I am ignoring any influence score (which I don’t trust for gaming, math and data reasons). Here are the results