Hey, my name’s Ben. I taste wine for a living, which is as brilliant as it sounds. Although first and foremost I’m a foodie, which is ultimately how I ended up in the world of wine and spirits. My passion is discovering tastes and making memories.
While my day job is running the truly unique Novel Wines, my online company specialising in hand-sourced wine from all over the world, I used to be a drinks journalist and still spend a lot of time writing about all things wine, food and spirits so you’ll find some of that here.
From time to time I’m lucky enough to be invited to judge regional English wine competitions and the prestigious London Wine Competition. I’ve appeared regularly as a wine specialist on TV, BBC Radio and in various magazines.
My favourite wine changes every week, but I love trying new English wines, as well as wine from Hungary and Croatia. My favourite classic wine region is Italy, who make some of the most perfect food-friendly wines. 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.
Alongside managing Novel Wines and the odd bit of journalism, my consultancy Ben Franks Wine has been helping new wine and spirits brands launch in the UK since 2015. My team have a wealth of knowledge in the UK market and an array of contacts, so if you’ve got a great-tasting wine or spirit that’s not in the UK yet, contact me.
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.