We covered five of the top tastemakers in our last post. We are pleased to introduce you to five more notable wine personalities. This is a nice mix of new voices and established wine icons. You can turn to these voices for education and increased enjoyment of your wine.
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In his book, The New California Wine, author Jon Bonné chronicled trendsetters blowing up old stereotypes of winemakers (or in some cases reaffirming them) from the Golden State. Setting it apart from canonical wine tomes that serve primarily as reference material, Bonné’s book is an engaging narrative propelled by atmospheric photographs that make the book palatable for those of us whose attention spans are the length of an Instagram Story. The release also brought Bonné, who spent a decade as wine critic for the San Francisco Chronicle, a fresh audience of drinkers looking to buck sleepy wine trends.
Follow him on Twitter @jbonne
Eric Asimov was an early crusader in making great food accessible to the American middle class with his New York Times dining column, $25 and Under. Asimov holds the prestigious position of wine critic at the Times where his current columns The Pour, and Wines of the Times, oscillate between wine and beer but always manage a democratic approach to imbibing. Throughout his writing, Asimov’s avuncular tone welcomes every level of drinker, but none of these anti-snob qualities make him any less critical. Asimov is plenty political as he recounts the plight of small-business owners and the palpable effects of changing climate on viticulture.
Follow him on Twitter @EricAsimov
Like the rest of us, Becca Yeamans has modest beginnings in wine. Thirst, coupled with curiosity, led this blogger to expound her education in a blog called The Academic Wino. Yeamans has won several blogger awards for her passionate investigations of varying wine subtopics, keying in on science in particular. Just as there is a space allotted for the professional critic and experienced retailer to tell their stories, so too does the journey of the wine lover captivate us.
Follow her on Twitter @theacademicwino
Few voices that drive wine social media are as prolific or as experienced as British wine expert Jamie Goode. Before his building his popular website WineAnorak.com, Goode’s background credentials were in plant sciences and book editing which already set him above most bloggers and writers. At the WineAnorak website, you can peruse tidy categories like wine travel and wine controversy. Goode has written multiple books on wine science, but he’s not only about long form: the man has tweeted more times than most of us have brushed our teeth in our entire lives. His dedication to wine coverage makes fellow wine journalists look like they’re half-assing their way through careers.
Follow him on Twitter @jamiegoode
Alice Feiring is no milquetoast blowing hot air in the wine industry. She spent years cultivating opinions on best practices for winemakers and industry professionals. Publishing these perspectives in high profile journals and magazines earned her a reputation for having an incisive, critical voice. Feiring advocates for natural winemaking and admonishes point systems that tend to serve dynastic wineries and leave innovators in the dust -- her first book was called, The Battle for Wine and Love: Or How I Saved the World from Parkerization. Her original blog, Veritas in Vino, went the way of the dinosaurs when Feiring set it aside for more long-form journalistic work. The best way to keep apprised of Feiring’s take on the world of biodynamic, organic, and natural wines is by subscribing to her newsletter, The Feiring Line.
Follow her on Twitter @alicefeiring