Hi folks, my name’s Ben. I’m a passionate wine enthusiast who is lucky enough to taste and write about wine for a living.
I have two day jobs. One of them is as the founder, wine buyer and CEO of Novel Wines, a multi-award-winning, unique wine merchant. Novel Wines specialises in hand-sourced wine from all over the world with a particular focus on regions that are off the beaten track, like Hungary, Asia, England, and so on. Our team source wines and spirits with distribution into the trade and directly to wine-loving consumers.
You can read a bit more about Novel Wines here.
My other job is as the Managing Director of Ben Franks Wine, an agency I set-up when I was a drinks journo in 2015. We help introduce new wine and spirits brands to the UK market. I’ve been lucky enough to work with international wineries and distillers directly, as well as consulting for an array of hospitality businesses here in the UK on their wine lists and marketing campaigns. If you would like to chat about that work, you can book a no-obligation Skype call with me here.
In late 2019 I became the head wine buyer at Canned Wine Co., an ultra cool business that is shaking up the premium category of wine.
Before setting up Novel Wines I was a drinks journalist and I still spend a lot of time writing about all things wine, food and spirits. You’ll find all those kinds of musings on my blog.
From time to time I’m lucky enough to be invited to judge regional English wine competitions and the prestigious internationally-recognised awards like the London Wine Competition. I’ve also appeared regularly as a wine specialist on TV, radio and in various magazines.
My favourite wine changes every week, but I particularly love trying wine I’ve never tasted before. My favourite classic wine region is Italy, who make some of the most interesting food-friendly wines. Grapes I generally love include Furmint, Riesling and Roussanne in white wines, and Negroamaro, Kadarka and Pinot Noir in reds. Spirits wise, I’m a Scotch whisky fan. Until recently I couldn’t stand gin, but I have to say I’m a bit of a convert. Especially with the oak-aged gins.
We’re based in the UNESCO World Heritage Bath but travel throughout the UK and rest of the world. If you’re in Bath any time soon, love wine and fancy a coffee, let me know.