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Interview: Sabiha Apaydin of the Root, Origin, Soil conference

This month we talked to Sabiha Apaydin, leader, coordinator and wine educator of Istanbul's renowned Mikla restaurant. She is also a passionate advocate of heritage Anatolian grape varieties and the founder of the conference Root, Origin,…

Root, origin, soil: exploring Turkish wine, varieties and old vines in Istanbul

A decade ago, I was among a flock of MWs invited to Turkey to judge Turkish wine and participate in a "Masters of Wine Weekend". In one of Istanbul’s many glamorous hotels, we were arrayed on an elevated table, like polyamorous brides, looking…
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Swirl Wine Group is the UK partner of D-Vine

We’re thrilled to announce that Swirl is the UK partner for D-Vine via our French partner EOC. D-Vine is a revolutionary fine wine by-the-glass system enjoying rapid growth in France, and now launching in the UK. D-Vine has been adopted…
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Our March Newsletter: The Wine's The Thing - the power of grass-roots marketing

In our March newsletter we reflect on the power of grass-roots marketing Last Monday Swirl attended a party with a purpose – the Old Vine Conference’s 2022 launch, co-hosted by our founder, Sarah Abbott MW. The Old Vine Conference…
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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…

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,…