Ep 6: Rob Buckhaven
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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 talk to drinks expert and Metro's wine columnist Rob Buckhaven. Rob has been a wine writer for over 14 years and has just released his debut book, The Alcorithm. The book celebrates the pleasures of raising a glass with a unique take on trying something new, led by your taste buds. It has received praise from Michel Roux Jnr, The Daily Telegraph, and Club Oenologique, and it's a Finalist in the Guild of Food Writers Award for Drinks Book of the Year. 

Throughout the episode, we talk about what's happening in the wine trade, Rob's experience in writing about booze and his travel adventures. He enjoys a flight of wines from Sophia and Ben and, as always, at the end of the episode, he must pick a winner!

Buy Rob's brand new book, The Alcorithm, from Waterstones here.

The Wines:

Wine 1 - Tormaresca Calafuria Rosé, Italy (Sophia)

Wine 2 - Georgiev & Milkov Rubin Rosé, Bulgaria (Ben)

Wine 3 - Oliver Zeter Pinot Noir, Germany (Ben)

Wine 4 - Canned Wine Co. No. 5 Old Vine Garnacha, Spain (Sophia)

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

This episode was recorded in November 2022.


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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