Ep 1, Pilot: Ailsa Buck
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Welcome to Wine Flight, a brand new wine podcast hosted by Sophia Longhi and Ben Franks. Each week, we interview a new guest with a shared love for wine. Sophia and Ben face off with a flight of wines and we ask each guest to pick a winner at the end of the podcast.

In this episode, we introduce you to Ailsa Buck, our awesome friend who is currently senior project manager for London's major city events, took a leading role in the organisation of London Marathon Events, event managed the Women's Tour, and has many other achievements to her name - including interior design!

Alisa talks about organising major events, Honeymooning on the Amalfi coast and her love of wine and food. At the end of the podcast, Ailsa picks the podcast's first champion.

The Wines:

Wine 1 - Lyrarakis Dafní Psarades, Crete, Greece (Sophia)

Wine 2 - Kurtatsch Cortaccia 'Hofstatt' Pinot Bianco, Alto Adige, Italy (Ben)

Wine 3 - Walter Glatzer St Laurent, Carnuntum, Austria (Ben)

Wine 4 - Idiom Zinfandel, False Bay, South Africa (Sophia)

Listen on your favourite app, or visit wineflightpod.com for the full series.


Ben Franks FRSA is the Managing Director of the international drinks consultancy Ben Franks Wine, helping bring brands to the UK market. He is also the co-founder of the multi-award-winning wine merchant Novel Wines and Canned Wine Co., a sustainability-focused alt-format wine business putting Europe's best wines in can. 

Sophia Longhi is the owner of wine blog skin+pulp, winner of the IWSC Emerging Talent in Wine Communication Award 2022 and was named one of Wine GB’s Great British Wine Industry Women of 2021. She is an acclaimed wine writer, wine judge and tastings host.

Wine Flight is produced by Ben Franks Wine Ltd and edited by Kat Agg. Follow @BenFranksWine on Twitter, or Instagram. Read all of the latest insights from Ben Franks Wine online.

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