Welcome to Wine

Ben Franks is one of Bath’s best independent wine consultants, offering wine tastings all over the south west and providing expert digital marketing for the wine trade.

My passion is to share great wine. I meet wine producers from all over the world and spend my career discovering new favourite wines for wine lovers like you. The best way to discover my wines is at one of my Bath wine tasting events, or by booking your own private wine tasting experience.

Book a Wine Tasting

Exciting wine tasting parties for private or corporate customers, stag and hen parties, and wine clubs.

All tailored to you from just £22 per person, plus extras like cheese, chocolates, artisan bread and nibbles. See why my customers rate me 5/5 every time!

Browse My Tasting Notes

Find your new favourite wine! Browse my tasting notes by style, or view how they rank on my top wines leaderboard. Make wine? Send me a sample.

In my library you will find 100s of free to view tasting notes that I have compiled over the years.

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Give Ben a call on 07545353147 or use the form below to send him an email:

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5 Star Testimonial Review for Ben Franks Wine

“Ben is clearly passionate and knowledgeable about wine and my expectations were most definitely surpassed. The wines were excellent!”

5 Star Testimonial Review for Ben Franks Wine

“Ben’s reach in the trade and his influence is testament to not just his passion but also his skill. Few do marketing quite like Ben.”

5 Star Testimonial Review for Ben Franks Wine

“We all loved Ben’s wine tasting. A fab start to our hen party weekend.”

Ben Franks Wine in the Press

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RECOMMENDATIONS

  • Top 5 wines for Valentine’s Day (for Bath.co.uk)

    Top 5 wines for Valentine’s Day (for Bath.co.uk)

    Read the full article on Bath.co.uk > We’re fast approaching the big day for couples and the commercial whirlwind around it has been in full force for some weeks now. But what makes Valentine’s Day memorable is those beautiful moments when it’s just you and the one you love. Whether you’re cuddling up in front … Read More

  • The basics: How to order wine in a restaurant (for Bath.co.uk)

    The basics: How to order wine in a restaurant (for Bath.co.uk)

    Read the full article on Bath.co.uk > Ordering wine in a restaurant doesn’t have to be daunting – and those who are confident with the wine list needn’t choose the same wine style every time. Here’s my six key pointers to ensuring that every time you order wine, you learn something new and possibly find … Read More

  • January blues? Cheer up with great wine (for Bath.co.uk)

    January blues? Cheer up with great wine (for Bath.co.uk)

    Read the full article on Bath.co.uk > It’s that time of year when everyone around you is still wishing you a happy new year and your resolutions you set two weeks ago might be starting to wither. But in a city as beautiful as Bath, with so many superb places to dine and plenty of … Read More

GALLERY

  • Weekly Wine Lover Gallery #3: Wine Tastings!

    Weekly Wine Lover Gallery #3: Wine Tastings!

    For those of you who are super excited about my upcoming tastings at The Chequers Pub in Bath and The Guild Coworking Hub in the city centre, let me whet your appetite. Here’s what could be in store for you just two months’ from now: glorious wines, high-end glassware and delicious crusty breads. It’s going … Read More

  • Weekly Wine Lover Gallery #2 – English Oak!

    Weekly Wine Lover Gallery #2 – English Oak!

    I recently visited the vineyard English Oak in Dorset for my Mum’s birthday – check out the full feature on the vineyard here – and we took some fancy snaps for this week’s Weekly Wine Lover Gallery. Just entering the fruiting stage, you can see the tiny little berries before they go through colouring. At … Read More

  • Weekly Wine Lover Gallery #1 – 3 August 2015

    Weekly Wine Lover Gallery #1 – 3 August 2015

    Do you love wine? Each week I’ll share some of the highlights from my wine journey in this weekly wine lover gallery. For the first edition, check out these high quality snaps by photographer and fellow wine lover Jonathon Stephenson. The sharp focus illustrates our romantic relationship with fine wine and all its intriguing complexities. … Read More

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  • Blind Tasting Sherry: WSET L4 Diploma style

    Blind Tasting Sherry: WSET L4 Diploma style

    Exercise: Write full tasting notes for 5 sherries in a style suitable for examination at WSET L4 Diploma. The below notes were written blind and the name of the wine was added afterwards. MANZANILLA ALEGRIA MANZANILLA SUPERIOR (SANLUCAR DE BARRAMEDA) Appearance is clear, pale lemon with a tinge of green. Some viscosity on the glass … Read More

  • How to Store Wine at Home

    How to Store Wine at Home

    Tasting great wine is one of the few luxuries in life that everyone should be able to enjoy, but storing wine domestically is often a difficult task. There are a number of ways to store wine but they can often be simplified to just two categories – the right way and the wrong way. Each … Read More

  • Late night thoughts on the context of wine and value

    Late night thoughts on the context of wine and value

    Someone asked me today if I thought that a bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon from the Sonoma County could ever truly be worth a £1000? At the time I said that I doubted any wine, on pure objectivity, deserves that sort of price tag. At the end of the day we are dealing with grapes. And … Read More

 

My Vineyard Journey

On 31 July 2015, I went to Devon to meet Sarah and Andrew Pharoah, owners of the sparkling wine vineyard, English Oak.

The wines were fabulous – particularly their San Gabriel Blancs de Blanc.

 

On 7 April 2015, I went to Somerset to meet Iain and Jane Awty, the owners of the family run Oatley Vineyard.

The couple were delightful!

 

On the 22 January 2015, I visited the world-famous English Vineyard in Camel Valley to meet winemaker, Sam Lindo.
In 2014 I tried Camel Valley’s 2010 vintage of the Decanter award-winner sparkling Pinot Noir, which became my best rated wine of 2014 at 93% BFWR  Ben Franks Wine Rating 🙂 .

 

If you’d like me to do a write-up on your vineyard – I would love to meet you.