Ep 13: Aleesha Hansel
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Welcome to your favourite new podcast, Wine Flight! 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 of Wine Flight we're joined by wine writer, presenter and judge Aleesha Hansel. Aleesha is a fantastic guest and we're very excited to have her on our podcast! Aleesha has an impressive career in television, journalism and wine with credits on BBC Radio 4 and ITV's Love Your Weekend with Alan Titchmarsh. Alongside her prolific work in wine, Aleesha is also an advocate for diversity and gender equality, providing a platform for these issues to be talked about in the public space. What's more, Aleesha became a UN Women delegate for the 66th Commission on the Status of Women and has recently been announced as an ambassador for The Fairtrade Foundation.

During this edition of Wine Flight, Aleesha joins us to drink wines from Spain, the USA, Croatia and Spain as we discuss her journey through journalism, wine, meeting people, and tasting in colours. We also have our first corked wine - eep! As usual, at the end of the episode, Aleesha must choose her favourite wine of the line-up and crown the next winner!

You can find out what Aleesha is up to on instagram @aleeshahansel

The Wines:

Wine 1 - Tesco Finest Vinas Del Rey Albarino, Spain (Ben)

Wine 2 - Bonny Doon Vineyard Cigare Blanc, USA (Sophia)

Wine 3 - Saint Hills Black Dalmacija Plavac Mali, Croatia (Sophia)

Wine 4 - CVNE Bela Ribera del Duero, Spain - Oops, Corked! (Ben)

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

This episode was recorded in February 2023. 


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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