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The Swirl Suite is a wine podcast led by 4 black women in the wine industry. Join Sarita, Tanisha, Leslie and Glynis as they highlight what is involved in working in the wine industry and living in wine. Whether you are a novice or expert, we invite you to come taste the wine life with us. The Swirl Suite has sipped with industry icons such as winemaker Andre Mack of Mouton Noir and wine importer, Selena Cuffe of Heritage Link Brands. Some of The Swirl Suite topics include “Wine Fraud”, “Kosher Wines” and “Wine After Dark.” Follow us @SwirlSuite: Sarita @VineMeUp Tanisha @GirlMeetsGlass Glynis @Vino_Noire Leslie @Vino301Wine 

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    • 4.8 • 6 Ratings

The Swirl Suite is a wine podcast led by 4 black women in the wine industry. Join Sarita, Tanisha, Leslie and Glynis as they highlight what is involved in working in the wine industry and living in wine. Whether you are a novice or expert, we invite you to come taste the wine life with us. The Swirl Suite has sipped with industry icons such as winemaker Andre Mack of Mouton Noir and wine importer, Selena Cuffe of Heritage Link Brands. Some of The Swirl Suite topics include “Wine Fraud”, “Kosher Wines” and “Wine After Dark.” Follow us @SwirlSuite: Sarita @VineMeUp Tanisha @GirlMeetsGlass Glynis @Vino_Noire Leslie @Vino301Wine 

    Swirl Suite Live from Daze of Rosé

    Swirl Suite Live from Daze of Rosé

    The Swirl Suite went live at the Daze of Ros fest this past Saturday. Glynis and Sarita interviewed winemakers, wine professionals, and attendees. https://www.dazeofrose.com/

    Guests:
    Tracey Love https://www.blenheimvineyards.com/visit Jodi Mills https://www.smvwines.com/ Karl Hambsch https://lovingcupwine.com/Andre Marable  https://www.thepacktravelclub.com/about-us Monique Samuels https://milaeveessentials.com/ 

    SwirlSuite@gmail.com@SwirlSuite
    Sarita @VineMeUpTanisha @GirlMeetsGlassLeslie @Vino301Glynis @Vino_Noire

    • 50 min
    Drinking Progressively with TJ & Hadley

    Drinking Progressively with TJ & Hadley

    TJ and Hadley Douglas are the Founders of the Progressive Wine Company and The Urban Grape, a full service beverage retail and e-commerce store, and gifting and events company based in Boston, MA. The Urban Grapes proprietary Progressive Scale, developed by TJ, has created a welcoming atmosphere for wine lovers to learn about and shop for wine in an accessible, customer-service focused environment. The Urban Grape was named the 2021 Small Business of the Year by the US Chamber of Commerce.https://www.instagram.com/urbangrape/
    https://progressivewineco.com/

    @SwirlSuite
    Sarita @VineMeUpTanisha @GirlMeetsGlassLeslie @Vino301Glynis @Vino_Noire

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Winespeed with Karen MacNeil

    Winespeed with Karen MacNeil

    Karen MacNeil is the only American to have won every major wine award given in the English Language. These include the prestigious James Beard award for Wine and Spirits Professional of the Year, the Louis Roederer award for Best Consumer Wine Writing, the International Wine and Spirits award as the Global Wine Communicator of the Year and the Wine Appreciation Guilds Wine Literary Award. In a full-page profile on her, TIME Magazine called Karen  Americas Missionary of the Vine. Karen has been named one of the 100  Most Influential People in Wine in the United States. Karen is the author of the award-winning book, THE WINE BIBLE (now in  its third edition), praised as a masterpiece of wine writing. THE WINE  BIBLE has sold more than one million copies and was featured in the 2020  Netflix series Uncorked and the Starz series Sweet Bitter.  

    Karen is the creator of the digital platform WineSpeed.com and editor-in chief of the weekly digital newsletter WineSpeed. Her articles have been  published in more than 50 newspapers and magazines including The New  York Times, Town & Country, Food & Wine, and Worth. 
    https://www.karenmacneil.com/
    https://winespeed.com/


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    Sarita @VineMeUpTanisha @GirlMeetsGlassLeslie @Vino301Glynis @Vino_Noire

    • 47 min
    Lance & Lee

    Lance & Lee

    Known as an integral player in the establishment of natural wines in the country, Lee Campbell is an ardent supporter of sustainable vine-farming and traditional, low-intervention winemaking. Raised in the New Yorks Hudson Valley, they earned an undergraduate degree in American Government at the University of Virginia. However, she soon recognized that they were better off at the dining table than on Capitol Hill. Lees life-altering turning point came at the venerable Restaurant Nora in Washington DC, which opened their eyes to the ways in which food and its sourcing could beand must bepolitical.
    After several years working in some of Washingtons and Manhattans top culinary and wine institutions, she moved to Brooklyn, where she became a norm-breaking wine director for the Tarlow Restaurant Group. Later, as co-creator of The Big Glou and co-organizer of the first Wild World Austin, Lee became a player in the establishment of Americas natural wine fair circuit.
    Having become a certified sommelier many moons ago, as well as stacking up a gang of experience in nearly every aspect of the wine and hospitality fields, Lee continues to work for various clients as a wine consultant, including Early Mountain Vineyards in Madison, Virginia. Additionally, she is now part of the partnership team at Common Wealth Crush: a winery, custom crush facility, and incubator, located in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.

    Lance, a Virginia native and a 2011 graduate of the University of Virginia, is an accomplished actor and a connoisseur of the grape. Double majoring in acting and studio art with a focus in cinematography, Lance brings a creative flair to the world of wine. Alongside his acting pursuits, he holds a WSET Level 2 Certification, underscoring his deep understanding of the nuances in the vast world of wine.
    In 2020, Lance showcased his entrepreneurial spirit by opening RichWine RVA, an online local delivery service. His return to Richmond began a new chapter, where he immersed himself in the local wine scene. Lance further enriched his wine journey by opening Penny's Wine Shop in Jackson Ward, Richmond, Virginia, in February 2023.Working alongside winemakers and brothers Ben Jordan and Tim Jordan at their family farm in Shenandoah, Lance honed his craft. Additionally, he served as a Cellar Assistant at Early Mountain Vineyards in Madison County.https://www.instagram.com/bewitchinglee/ A true advocate for Virginia wine, Lance proudly holds a title of Virginia Wine Ambassador with The Virginia Wine Marketing office. Further demonstrating his commitment to the craft, Lance is making his first wine in collaboration with Reggie Leonard at Common Wealth Crush. They are the first to be part of this exciting inaugural incubator program. Their wine is titled The Parallax Project, which focuses on exploring the juxtaposition between the traditional Vitis Vinifera Grape and the new wave of grape growing in Virginia with Hybrids.  Lance's journey in wine is about appreciation and active participation, making his mark on the industry from vine to bottle.
    https://www.instagram.com/lancelemon/ 

    Sarita 

    @SwirlSuite
    Sarita @VineMeUpTanisha @GirlMeetsGlassLeslie @Vino301Glynis @Vino_Noire

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Reggie & Tasha

    Reggie & Tasha

    "Reggie Leonard has made a notable entry into the industry, primarily through his co-founding of Oenoverse, a dynamic addition to the Virginia wine scene. 

    Affectionately dubbed as the "Virginia Wine Hype Man" by VinePair, Reggie's authentic approach and gregarious personality have earned him a well-deserved reputation. In his role as a Virginia wine ambassador, Reggie partners with the Virginia Wine Marketing Office, championing the state's diverse winemaking scene. Serving as a judge for regional and statewide wine competitions (Shenandoah Cup, Monticello Cup, and the current Virginia Governors Cup) have been formative recent experiences in his journey. His influence extends beyond Virginia, as he is an award recipient and alumni ambassador for Wine Unify, an organization dedicated to fostering inclusivity in the wine industry. Reggie's notable presence in esteemed publications like SommTV, VinePair, Punch, and the Boston Globe underscores his rising influence in the industry. Being named part of the '23 class of The VinePair 50 further solidifies his status as a rising star in the wine world. In addition to events throughout "the Oenoverse," you can catch Reggie at the 2024 Charleston Wine & Food festival, speaking on a panel, hosting a Virginia wine dinner, and pouring VA wines throughout the event."
    https://www.instagram.com/thats.so.reg/ 

    Tasha Durrett is a wine enthusiast and educator based in Virginia. Born and raised in Virginia wine country, she founded Black Women Who Wine in 2019. Black Women Who Wine is an organization focused on increasing the visibility and participation of Black women in the wine industry and agritourism throughout the state. It holds curated wine events centered on Black women. Tasha also offers private tastings and collaboration on events and wine tours. She is a WSET Level 1, studying for Level 2, and has a special interest in sparkling wine and grape growing in Southern climates. She writes for various publications, including Wine & Country Life.
    https://www.instagram.com/blackwomenwhowine/


    Sarita @VineMeUpTanisha @GirlMeetsGlassLeslie @Vino301Glynis @Vino_Noire

    • 52 min
    Matt Harmon of Harmony Wine

    Matt Harmon of Harmony Wine

    After finding himself laid off due to COVID in early 2020, Matt Harmon decided to pursue his love for pairing his favorite wines with food and began his own wine company. After entering the industry and spending a lot of time at local wineries, he noticed that something was missing in the environment. People who looked like him. Matt has approached the industry with a fresh outlook in which he hopes to make the wine industry less intimidating and more inclusive to everyone. And from his dream, Harmony Wine was born. And so, however you drink, drink in Harmony.https://atasteofharmony.com/ 
    https://www.instagram.com/mharm_1/ 

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    @SwirlSuite
    Sarita @VineMeUpTanisha @GirlMeetsGlassLeslie @Vino301Glynis @Vino_Noire

    • 44 min

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