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Sarah Abbott MW

Sarah Abbott MW

Sarah has worked in the wine trade for 16 years. Her day job is being the Director of 'Swirl', a wine marketing, education and events company she founded in 2006. Every day, in her work, she looks for the stories in every bottle. And then it's her joyful mission to share them. She covers Alsace for timatkin.com, and also writes the odd extended musing on other areas, particularly Bordeaux. Sarah is much in demand as a professional palate and is a panel chair at the International Wine Challenge. 


All posts by Sarah Abbott MW below

30th Jan 2018 in Articles

The mindful glass?

27 Wine is as good as life to a man, if it be drunk moderately: what life is then to a man that is without wine? for it was made to make men glad.Book of Ecclesiastes, The Old... Read more


24th Nov 2017 in Articles

Calm down, dear

And those who are beautiful,who can contain them?Rainer Maria Rilke Remember this! No amount of Bacchic revelling can corrupt an honest women.Euripides, The Bacchae Last week a wine trade... Read more


22nd Oct 2017 in Articles

Wine clubs: what's your tribe?

“I have a mind to join a club, and beat you over the head with it.” Groucho Marx As a child, I was often at my nan’s for the Methodist ladies bible club. They got together weekly for mutual confidence and enlightenment,... Read more


28th Jun 2017 in Articles

Fino's context warning

Elegy V Here take my picture; though I bid farewellThine, in my heart, where my soul dwells, shall dwell. Tis like me now, but I dead, ‘twill be more When we are shadows both, than twas... Read more


10th Apr 2014 in Articles

Bordeaux 2004: the indefinite article

This write-up is late, but then so was the vintage. It was interrupted by a visit to Georgia for the International Wine Tourism conference. (Georgia demands much, but gives more. I received toasts, drinking cups, fantastic food, and dancing. And... Read more


15th Nov 2013 in Articles

Bordeaux 2009 revisited: plush, lush, but no shoe-in

The annual Bordeaux tasting by the Institute of Masters of Wine brings together 100 or so of the best wines of Bordeaux four years after the vintage. Most of the Médoc Cru Classés (including 1st growths) are there, as well as top producers of... Read more


29th Apr 2013 in Articles

2003 Bordeaux: tales from the strip club

"You don't go to a strip joint looking for a relationship", says the young man defending the merits of 2003 at BI's annual “10 Years on Bordeaux Tasting”. This is becoming the updated image of 2003: a floozy vintage, pneumatic and hot... Read more


26th Jan 2013 in Articles

2008 Bordeaux revisited

Bordeaux is the most confident and comfortable of fine wines. Great Burgundy is like riding a runaway horse, bareback. Diving into a top Bordeaux is like being chauffeur driven in a purring Bentley. And just as establishment. Any discomfort is... Read more