Ep 4: Jaega Wise
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Welcome to Wine Flight, a 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 Jaega Wise - beer somm, brewer, food and drink broadcaster, and author of her new book Wild Brews. Jaega is the co-founder and head brewer at London's Wild Card Brewery; she won British Guild of Beer Writers' 'Brewer of the Year' award in 2018. Alongside all that success, Jaega is also a musician, campaigner and pub landlady. We have a fascinating conversation about the crossover between beer and wine, how she took the 'worst pub in Britain' to a sell-out destination venue, her experience as a session singer, and the process of writing her wonderful new book.

Throughout the episode we try some delicious wines and also a couple of Jaega's beers. At the end, Jaega decides who wins this week's episode! Will Sophia bag another win, or will Ben finally triumph?

You can buy Jaega's book Wild Brews now. Click here for Waterstone's link.

Shop for Wild Card beers here: https://shop.wildcardbrewery.co.uk/

The Wines:

Wine 1 - Domaine Garnier Chablis, France (Ben)

Wine 2 - Delheim Chenin Blanc Wild Ferment, South Africa (Sophia)

Wine 3 - Craggy Range Gimblett Gravels, New Zealand (Sophia)

Wine 4 - Markvart Syrah, Hungary (Ben)

Two wines in this episode are from Tap & Bottle, a fantastic two-storey wine bar near London Bridge. We recommend you go along and try their fantastic wines! The Delheim Chenin Blanc is from Borough Wines, and the Markvart Syrah is from Novel Wines.

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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