Entries by Celia Bryan Brown

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Introducing: The Blend

The Blend is a series of virtual workshops created in partnership between our founder Sarah Abbott MW and business psychologist Julie Goddard, The Success Architect. These workshops are designed to increase the representation of women in leadership roles within the wine and drinks industry The big picture Women under-participate in the global workforce. What does […]


Translating Italian wine: Laura Donadoni

“…wearing all that weight Of learning lightly like a flower.” Tennyson, from ‘In Memoriam A.H.H. 1850’. Swirl meets Laura Donadoni, The Italian Wine Girl. A US-based wine educator, writer, marketer and influencer, she’s got 51k followers on the ‘gram, and counting. She also has a PhD in communications and a newly published book. Her social platforms […]

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Interview: Christina Rasmussen

Swirl meets Christina Rasmusen, head of content and co-founder of Little Wine. Christina, together with her business partner Daniela Pillhofer, is on a mission to change the way we learn about wine. “Learning about wine shouldn’t be like going back to uni; it should be more like watching David Attenborough on TV!” We talked about […]

Time to crown unsung heroes?

Written by our guest writer, Aleesha Hansel As the world of wine evolves so too should wine education. There has been a lot of talk recently about the British educational curriculum not teaching wider history, and most noticeably skimming over the less-than-desirable aspects of the British Empire. The lack of education leads, obviously, to ignorance, […]

Fashions in wine

Guest writer Aleesha Hansel applies fashion’s ’20 year rule’ to wine as she ruminates on the resurgent popularity of Beaujolais Nouveau. ‘It’s all just a little bit of history repeating’, Dame Shirley Bassey Fashions come and go. As the dominance of skinny jeans crumbles and high-waisted ‘mom jeans’ take their place, it’s good to remind ourselves […]