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Ahead of SWA judging kicking off this month, we catch-up with Karl Franz from Sensible Wine Services, the official logistics company for the competition.

What does Sensible Wine Services do and how are you involved in SWA?

Sensible Wine Services is a support service for the wine trade. We look after the logistical, equipment and staffing needs for all types of events, from small private tastings to large trade shows. One of our key areas of expertise is providing support for drinks industry competitions. For SWA we receive, thoroughly check and categorise the wines and once this is done we transport all the entries to the venue for six days of intense judging. On the day our experienced team ensure a smooth process by making sure the wines are prepared and served in a timely manner to each judging panel.

Sensible Wine Services works on a number of tastings, competitions and award ceremonies, how does SWA compare?

We work with many competitions and tastings within the trade, which is a privilege as the UK drinks industry is filled with fantastic people, however we don’t often get to work so closely with so many sommeliers. It must be a pleasant change for them to have their table cleared and set between courses.

What do you enjoy about working on the Sommelier Wine Awards?

The judging days are always a highlight, they are long and hard work, but we get to see the team from SWA, who are always lots of fun to work with. The levels of enjoyment do vary depending on the number of leftover morning pastries!

What do you see next for SWS?

We’ve just moved into a new premise which is allowing us to explore more areas in which we can work with businesses across the drinks industry. Hopefully this will allow us to continue to grow whilst maintaining our position as the only company to use.

And finally, you must have tried a few wines over the years, what’s your favourite?

I have been extremely lucky to taste some fantastic wines but one that particularly stands out was a bottle of Dom Perignon Oenotheque 1996, shared over lunch with good friends.