Helena Nicklin is Winebird: a wine writer, presenter and author of ‘Winebird’s Vinalogy: wine basics with a twist!’. She bridges the gap between the fabulously detailed wine journalists out there and normal people who just want the basics – information you can actually use – in memorable, bite-size chunks.
Helena’s strength is in educating through entertainment rather than dry facts, believing that wine education should be as sociable and sexy as the liquid itself. Making wine visual (the holy grail!), she tells stories and creates ‘vinalogies’: wine-based analogies that paint memorable pictures of all things wine so you’ll actually remember what you’ve learned. Pinot Noir is the ballerina of wine grapes, for example. Cabernet Sauvignon, the rugby player. Nebbiolo, the ladyboy…
Brand Winebird is the combination of Helena’s two greatest passions: wine and performance. Living in Rome as part of her French & Italian degree opened up the world of wine and a post graduate diploma at East 15 followed by several years as a professional actress helped to cement the latter. Finding the inevitable ‘other job’ in wine while acting however, made sure that the two worlds would collide one day. Now, with twelve years of wine industry experience buying, selling, negotiating prices, tasting samples and writing wine copy, Helena has earned her stripes. She gained the acclaimed WSET Diploma while at Corney & Barrow where she was part of the commercial buying team and has also worked for the glorious people at Decanter Magazine and Vingt Fine Wine Fanatics, studying wine all the way. Today, she writes articles, hosts tasting events and has just published her first beginner’s wine book based on the ‘vinalogy’ concept. It’s time to bring wine to the people in a deliciously quirky and memorable way!
Helena’s book: ‘Winebird’s VINALOGY: wine basics with a twist!’ is out now. BUY IT HERE!
Book Winebird to speak at your event, run a wine tasting or write you a feature. She can also help with designing your wine list.
PAH to dry facts!