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The power of stories

“Stories are powerful because they transport us into other people’s worlds” – Paul Zak In the UK, our wine industry is anything but ancient. Perhaps that’s why it’s hard for us to get our heads around how wine can be as integral…
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Pioneering producer connections

At Swirl Wine Group, we specialise in helping emerging wine regions reach their full potential in the UK wine market. For ‘emerging’ or lesser-known wine regions it can be a battle to match the great wines we know are out there with the…
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Interview: the winners of Wines of Georgia's Indie Trade Alliance Fund

Each month we speak to a someone doing things a little differently in our industry. Usually, this takes the form of an interview with an interesting woman in our trade, but this month we decided to do something a little different. Our newsletter…
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What Does Biodiversity Mean To Our Trade?

In our May newsletter, we consider the significance of grape diversity and drinking bravely ahead of World Biodiversity Day on May 22nd. Humans find efficiency reassuring. We crave certainty. Diversity bristles against predictable order.…

#PouringforAustralia - British wine and hospitality trades offer support in wake of Australian bushfires

It is so huge, and we are so small. The loss of lives, habitat, wildlife. And wine is tiny and frivolous. But the Australians I know I know through wine, and all livings are valuable, and precious to those that making them. My Australian friends…
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Video: Koshu and beyond. A tipping point for Japanese Wine.

On the 23rd October 2019 we presented two fully-subscribed Masterclasses on New Wave Japanese Wines. The first session was held at 67 Pall Mall, London’s renowned private members’ club for wine lovers, and was followed by a walk-around tasting.…
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2019 Vintage Report from Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG

A harvest of “exceptional quality” for the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Prosecco Hills of Conegliano Valdobbiadene. Wines from this vintage will be the first to be made in line with new production regulations that allow for dryer…

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…

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.…

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…

Conegliano Valdobbiadene's "Prosecco Hills" become a UNESCO world heritage site

UNESCO was in Baku, Azerbaijan, last week for a major assembly, and the much-anticipated announcements on the latest rare and singular corners of our world and culture to be awarded World Heritage status. A quick read through the list of…