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…
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End of term report

Sarah Abbott shares her end of term report reflecting on our work and our clients' successes in a turbulent 2020. 2020 began in disarray. We had the best laid plans – but my fantastic team and clients kept calm and carried on. Together,…
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Interview: Collette O'Leary

Swirl meets Collette O'Leary, head winemaker at Henners Vineyards. Colette is an English winemaker on the rise. She's in charge of the small team at Henners, a stone's throw from the coast in Sussex, where they make delicious English wine.…
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Brave new world - Gunma craft sake with Master of Wine Sarah Abbott

Gunma craft sake For a winelover, discovering sake is like being teleported to a new planet. The balance, aromas, texture and profile are so different - but the richness of culture, heritage, craft, climate and, yes, terroir, is reassuring…
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Interview: Clara Latham

Swirl meets Clara Latham, General Manager of Della Vite. Working with Seedlip, Clara created a whole new category of drink. It was called ‘the emperor’s new clothes’ – but today Seedlip is the king of the ever-growing distilled non-alcoholic…

Why do we disdain wines the mainstream like?

If the customer is always right, why is the wine establishment so snobby about mainstream and less complex wines? Guest writer Aleesha Hansel reflects. In any field, the more we learn, the further removed we are from our humble beginnings…
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Jamaican-Caribbean Food Meets Georgian Wine

Are food and wine matching too European-centric? Guest writer Aleesha Hansel ponders why food and wine paring suggestions are so standardised – and what sorts of wines work best with the Jamaican-Caribbean food of her heritage. 'Goes with…
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Almost there: virtual trade and press trips to Georgia

The National Wine Agency of Georgia had hoped to host their usual (and hugely popular) trade and press trips to Georgia this Autumn, but given the ongoing disruption to international travel, regrettably, this is not possible. However, conscious…

Almost there: Virtual Trips to Conegliano Valdobbiadene in October

You don't appreciate the seven or seventy-seven wonders of a city, but the answer it gives to your request. Italo Calvino. The producers of Conegliano Valdobbiadene have come together to host Virtual Trips for members of the UK wine press…

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…
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Calling time on 'fine' wine

In many ways, words are all we have in wine world. Unlike clothes there isn't an option to try before you buy and even with the proliferation of reviewers and rating apps one man's meat can be another man's poison. It's extremely important…
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Supporting Black Wine Professionals

In support of black wine professionals. Black Lives Matter is having its #metoo moment: we think it's about time that systemic racism became as unacceptable as everyday sexism. Black wine professionals are marginalised in our industry. We…
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Mindful drinking: how and why you should try it

Mindful drinking sounds like a fad. But we've found that it can really enhance your drinking experience. In our June newsletter we explored how and why you should try mindful drinking. Have you ever tried to eat a Lindor bar mindfully? It’s…

"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…