With nearly 20 years of experience in the wine industry, including hosting tastings for business and private clients, Ben is uniquely positioned to provide fun and engaging wine events. These can be tailored to focus on a specific region or style or revolve around a more general theme that aims to get people talking, laughing and generally having fun with wine as a conversation point. Just a few examples include:

  • The Côte-d’Or – What is Burgundy and why is it so revered?
    8 wines exploring 4 of the major villages of Burgundy from the Côte de Beaune and Côte de Nuits. What makes these wines so expensive and why is Burgundy regarded as the quintessential wine region?
  • Introduction to natural wine – What is natural wine and does it really matter?
    8 wines comparing different styles of natural wine with their ‘commercial’ equivalents. Includes a 4 wine blind tasting flight to see if you can pick spot the natural wine. Does the term ‘natural wine’ even make any sense?
  • Wine and food pairing, the good, the bad and the ugly – How certain flavours work together and how some do not. Exploring a range of 8 canapes with wine matches and clashes from classic pairings to off the beaten track options.
  • Fully catered wine dinner with entertainment – Drawing on Ben’s contacts in the industry this event brings three perspectives to a fun and immersive night of blind tasting. With a wine maker in attendance, entertainment from a professional compare/musician/supper club organiser and context given by Ben as a wine merchant, we explore a selection of bottles presented by each in succession. What is more important – the art of the wine maker, the context or the quality of the wine?

As well as his technical knowledge, Ben can bring to bear a wealth of anecdotes and tales from nearly two decades in the industry, from strange incidents on buying trips to fluffing his lines during disastrous sales pitches.

We can customise and create a theme for any corporate or private event to your budget, providing an entire service, from sourcing and presenting the wines to hiring venues with full food catering. Drop us a line at office@266wines.co.uk to see how we can provide a fun and engaging wine themed event for you and your team to your exact requirements.