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Top 5 spoof Twitter accounts

We point to five of the top Twitter accounts that humorously take on the role of some well-known, and entirely fabricated, wine personalities.

Twitter is full of genuine people telling you all about their real lives, opinions and breakfast habits.

It’s also a place where users can create their own world in an anonymous way, and inhabit those roles completely in character, tweeting sometimes witty, often controversial comments that raise a smile in their followers and prick the pomposity sometimes associated with their real life counterparts.

Spoof celebrity accounts are rife across the Twitter-sphere, but they also exist in the drinks world.

We look at an amalgam of American wine critics, a destructive insect tweeting its views, a straight-talking sommelier and a pedantic wine grammarian.

Cultivar Awareness (@cultivar_bot)

This campaigning tweeter pushes out automated responses to anyone who utters the word ‘varietal’ on Twitter … when they really mean ‘variety’, and wraps the tweets up with plenty of grape variety-based puns. These puns are often toe-curlingly corny– but somehow cultivar_bot maintains its humour throughout.

Bobby Parkerchuk (@bparkerchuk)

This tweeter blends the zany directness of Gary Vaynerchuk, and the points-based musings of Robert Parker, and parodies them mercilessly. Sadly Parkerchuk seems to have gone quiet since the real life Gary V took a step back from wine … but he’s still a worthy inclusion in our list.


Phylloxera Vastatrix (@PhylloxeraBug)

An invasive insect tweeting like it doesn’t care too much for the niceties of wine culture. PhylloxeraBug is quite ready to take credit for disasters all over the world, and puts a phylloxera slant on the demise of companies  (“#Oddbins … that was me”). 

ShitMySommelierSays (@ShitMySommSays)

Random musings on wine from someone who may just be a real sommelier – who knows? Finely tuned commentary on wine nomenclature and the daily grind of the sommelier. Watch out also for the sommelier’s sidekick @My AssistantSomm .

Fake Robert Parker (@robertparkerjr)

Another spoof account that seems to have dried up of late, this user tried to inhabit the world of Bob. Maybe the oak got him in the end.

If you know any other worthy contenders for this list, let us know in a comment.

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