Cheers! Welcome to Swirl Sip Socialise!

Wine and Spirit tasting is my passion and I love to share my knowledge and experience. I present tailor-made wine tasting masterclasses and events. Each one is unique, memorable, entertaining and educational.

My wine tasting career started when my sister called me and told me I should work in wine. She had met a girl who reminded her of me - a happy version of me! The girl worked for a wine company and had fallen in love with wine tasting. I had no interest in wine but decided to follow my sisters advice. It was a life changing move and I haven't looked back! That was 16 years ago and since then I've fallen in love with wine. I've tasted thousands of wines, travelled to wine producing regions in Europe, the USA, Australia and New Zealand and worked as a walking Sommelier in Boston, Massachusetts.

In 2008 I qualified with a Diploma from Wine & Spirits Education Trust in London and hope one day to become a Master of Wine.

I lived in Boston, MA for 6 years and loved my time there. My role as Walking Sommelier for City Wine Tours was the best job I've ever had! I took groups of visitors on Wine Tasting Walking Tours of famous Boston neighbourhoods. We tasted wines and great food in some world class restaurants - what's not to like! 

I returned to Scotland and now live in Edinburgh. Like many business, I 'pivoted' and have found new ways to host wine tastings and events across the UK.

I have presented thousands of wine tastings over the years and no two events are ever the same! The best part of my job is the ‘Eureka moment’ when a guest unlocks the flavour in the wine and really ‘tastes’ it for the first time.

When I first started wine tasting I didn't know what I was doing, the labels intimidated me! I want to make wine accessible to everyone and to help you get the most from each sip.

My events are perfect for birthday parties and celebrations that have to be social distanced.

I send participants everything they need to take part in a virtual wine tasting. Please contact me for more information.


Joanne x