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“I love discovering new wines. There’s nothing better than sipping something you know you’re never going to forget.”

Ben Franks - Ben Franks Wine

The finest wines have packs of history, charm – even seduction, at their best. The best wines are made by winemakers who love what they do.

Sometimes we need a little help choosing a good bottle. What do you do when you’re feeling a little adventurous? Pick a random bottle? Surf the internet for goldmines of information about that particular wine you’ve heard everyone’s been trying? Sure, you might discover something wonderful. But I think there’s a better way: match your palette with some of the great tasters of our day. Follow their journey – hey, follow my journey – and discover wine as a team.

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Red wine tasting notes by Ben Franks Wine

Red Wines

Did you know we consume more red wine in the south west than anywhere else in the UK? I love the versatility you can find in red wines today. Whether they’re rich and full bodied or delicate and elegant, red wine can be very exciting to explore. My favourite reds will be balanced with fruit and tertiary flavours.


Australia
2016, Fox Gordon Nero d’Avola ★★★★★★★★☆☆

Bulgaria
2013, Sant’Ilia Cabernet Sauvignon ★★★★★★★☆☆☆

France
2008, Chateau L’Estang Cotes de Castillon ★★★★★★☆☆☆☆
2011, Chateau Viramiere St Emilion Grand Cru ★★★★★★☆☆☆☆
2013, Domaine de l’Oranger ★★★★☆☆☆☆☆☆

Italy
2011, Cantine di Negrar Amarone della Valpolicella ★★★★★★★★☆☆
2012, Grati Villa di Vetrice Chianti Rufina Riserva 97/100 GOLD

Portugal
2015, Caves Vidigal Porta 6 Lisboa ★★★★★☆☆☆☆☆
2001, Jose Maria da Fonseca FSF ★★★★★★★☆☆☆
2014, Quinto do Crasto Douro Superior ★★★★★★★★★☆
2013, Quinta do Passadouro Tinto ★★★★★★★★☆☆
2013, Vadio Bairrada Tinto ★★★★★☆☆☆☆☆

Romania
2016, Waitrose Romanian Pinot Noir ★★★★★★☆☆☆☆

South Africa
2014, Lismore Estate Syrah ★★★★★★★★★☆

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White Wines

I drink a lot of white wine. My favourite styles tend to be dry, although my favourite white wine variety is Riesling and some of the finest examples of Riesling I’ve tasted have been sweet. The important thing is that there is balance between sweetness, acidity and flavour intensity. I also like a wine that makes the mouth water!

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Sparkling wine tasting notes by Ben Franks Wine

Sparkling Wines

I’m a big fan of sparkling wines. I have tasted widely in the field to explore all sorts of styles of bubbly. Personally, I love sparkling wines with a finely textured mousse and a balance of autolysis and fruit character. As such you may see me falling more for the traditional method styles of sparkling, but by no means all of the time!

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Rose Dessert and Fortified Wine Tasting notes by Ben Franks Wine

Rose, Dessert & Fortified

Rose has never been more exciting and everyone who knows me will know how much I love sherry. I’ve also got a proper sweet tooth, so dessert wine and port have a soft spot for me. I’m trying to taste lots more varieties so hopefully over the next few months you’ll see a lot more tasting notes in this category!


Fortified Port
2009, Graham’s Late Bottled Vintage ★★★☆☆
NV, Warre’s Otima 10YO Tawny ★★★☆☆

Late Harvest & Noble Rot Dessert Wines
2013, Kardos Tundermese Fairytale (Tokaj) ★★★★★

Masarla Wines
NV, Cantine de Vita Marsala Dolce ★★☆☆☆

Sherry Wines
NV, Waitrose Manzanilla Light Dry ★★☆☆☆
NV, Williams & Humbert Collection 12YO Olorosso ★★★★★

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