Entries by SARAH ABBOTT

Bid for Beirut

Swirl’s PR maven, Madeleine Waters of CoCo, has been visiting and working with Lebanon for years, after being introduced to the country and its wines by child-hood friend, Michael Karam. Madeleine brought together and ran the Wines of Lebanon generic campaign, and still works to promote and support Lebanese wine producers today. She writes: The […]

“I failed seven hundred times.” On the birth of Awasake.

In just four years, bottle-fermented sparkling sake (Awasake) has emerged as an exciting new category in Japanese sake. The Awasake producer association has a shared quality charter, technical patent, and promotional campaign. Awasake must be made to sparkle by a second fermentation, and not (as in the more mass-market style of sparkling sake) by carbonation. […]

Wine tasting in a time of Corona Virus: what we are doing.

This is an update on the measures we are taking to protect our community during the Corona Virus outbreak. We appreciate that this is a concerning time for all. We seek to remain considerately positive and minimise firstly risks to health, and secondly, impacts to the business we all love. We have made a number […]

Here’s to a long, fine Summer (of Soave)…

“One must maintain a little bit of summer, even in the middle of winter.” – Henry David Thoreau The first ever #SummerofSoave is drawing to a fine, long finish. We’ve been working with some of the UK’s best importers and most dynamic wine merchants and restaurants to shine a light on the fine quality and […]

Beyond the “bottomless brunch” – an invitation to taste the best of Prosecco Superiore DOCG

Prosecco, Elevated The makers, vineyards and wines of Conegliano Valdobbiadene are going from strength to strength. The remarkable cooperation between thousands of stakeholders across fifteen hamlets is bringing about empowering legacies. An integrated viticultural protocol ensures sustainable methods are being used across the vineyards of the denomination. Last month, the entire zone introduced a ban […]

Perfect pairings – the joys of Prosecco Superiore with food

If you thought Prosecco was just an aperitif wine, the evidence from a recent #SuperioreAfternoon tasting suggests that you should think again. Here, the Prosecco Superiore from Conegliano Valdobbiadene DOCG, whatever the style in which it’s made, turns out to be a highly versatile food wine. Drier styles – which include Zero Dosage as well […]