casey bowers csw, css
owner and wine buyer 

Young, tall, super wine geek, including all things Paso Robles. A “relative neophyte” to the world, Casey has had interest and exposure to wine from a very young age, leading him to pursue this passion at Cal Poly, where he majored in Wine and Viticulture, with a special focus in Oenology (wine making).

Bowers, who began working at Swirl in 2011 and is a winemaker currently producing Pinot Noir, Corvina and under his label CB Wines

Favorite Wine:
Cascina delle rose barbaresco ’12

Favorite Spirit:     
Clynelish 14yr single malt scotch Whisky    

max perry csw, css
manager and wine buyer

Born in Vicenza, Italy, Max was raised around the world as an Army brat until 1993 when his family settled in the desert foothills of Southern California. After completing college in the redwoods of UC Santa Cruz, Max continued up the coast, settling in San Francisco in 2005.

Max is completely won over by the Bay Area’s cosmopolitan food culture, and spends most evenings indulging this passion with good food and wine. He also attained a CSW and CSS (Certified Specialist of Wine and Certified Specialist of Spirits) 

Favorite Wine:
Radio Coteau Pinot Noir  "La Neblina" '13

Favorite Spirit:
Barr Hill Vermont Honey Gin 


evan johnson
evan has been part of the Swirl family, hosting our wine bar since 2012. He is an actor, writer, director and creator of two solo plays: PANSY and Don’t Feel: The Death of Dahmer. His theatrical work has been featured in the SF Chronicle, SF Weekly and SF Bay Guardian.

He can also be found pouring lattés at Spikes Coffee and Teas in the Castro and hosting So You Think You Can Lap Dance? at Piano Fight, as his comedic drag character Martha T. Lipton. 

His love of wine and spirits drew him to Swirl, and he’s really excited to continue learning and developing in this industry.

Favorite Wine:
Turley Old Vine Zinfandel, Napa ’15

Favorite Spirit:
Carpano Antica Formula, Vermouth


leslie rosa      
Leslie Rosa is Swirl's resident Italian wine specialist. She moved to the Bay Area in 2014 from Venice, Italy, where she lived and became a certified sommelier (Associazione Italiana Sommelier) while organizing wine tours and tastings for tourists. The incredible diversity of Italian wines and beauty of la dolce vita inspired her to start her wine + culture tour company, La Dolce Vigna, which offers authentic and intimate wine tours in ItalyArgentina and Northern California. Leslie also works with several restaurants in the Bay Area on special wine tasting dinners, featuring Italian and Californian wines.

Favorite Wine:
Oddero "Roche di Castiglione" Barolo 2012 - Piemonte, Italy

Favorite Spirit:
St. George Spirits Gin ‘Terroir’ - Alameda, California