Ben holds the Wines & Spirits Education Trust Level 4 Diploma in Wines & Spirits. He is one of around 10,000 people worldwide to do so. He is based in Lincoln, Lincolnshire but can arrange to travel further afield as required. Ben has a passion for wine and is always trying to improve his knowledge. Ben is also a WSET Certified Educator and is available to support Programme Providers with their teaching needs (Level’s 1-3).
His loves are Liverpool Football Club, badminton, food and obviously wine! Asking him about his favourite wines will often elicit an answer involving food, day of the week and what he’s been trying recently! However, Northern Italian Reds and German Riesling are always amongst his firm favourites…
Throughout the year we offer ticketed tasting events for you to come and have a try of some unusual and exciting wines. These events will give you a feel of the service offered when we come out and provide tastings. Check back regularly for any new events.
Champagne & Sparkling Wine Tasting £30.00 a ticket Venue: The Blue Room, The Lawn, Union Road, Lincoln
It’s back! Our Annual tasting of fizz returns with a new home. We will show over twenty sparkling wines from Prosecco, Cava and New World treats to the Prestige Cuvées of the top Champagne houses. This event sells out so ensure you don’t miss your tickets to an afternoon tasting sparkly treats. Nibbles provided.
English Sparkling Wine Tasting £25.00 a ticket Venue: Pessimist Gin & Wine Bar, Mint Lane, Lincoln
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Not sure about English wine? Then join us to taste some of the best fizz England has to offer. It’s something we’re rather good at… We’ll be trying eight sparkling wines. If you’re a fan of Champagne come and see what our own fair shores can do! Nibbles provided.
Cantine San Marzano (Puglia, Italy) Wine Tasting £25.00 a ticket Venue: The Cheese Society, 1 St Martin’s Lane, Lincoln
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A chance to taste through the portfolio of one of Ben’s favourite Italian producers. Ben will take you on a tour of the Italian South East and show off a range of styles from light and fresh Malvasia to the big, rich Primitivo di Manduria. Eight wines to try. Nibbles provided.
Dessert Wine Tasting £25.00 a ticket Venue: The Cheese Society, 1 St Martin’s Lane, Lincoln
If, like Ben, you have a sweet tooth then come and join us for a tasting of the underappreciated world of dessert wines. We will try eight wines from the deliciously delicate Moscato d’Asti to the rich and complex Sauternes. And knowing Ben some wonderfully obscure Recioto, Icewine and Tokaji will try and sneak in! Sweet nibbles and cheeses provided.
Annual Port Tasting £25.00 a ticket Venue: The Cheese Society, 1 St Martin’s Lane, Lincoln
One of Ben’s favourite topics! Ben will help you try yet more Port. There’s always something new and exciting to taste. Eight Ports in a variety of styles to try. Nibbles provided. Always a sell out so make sure you get your tickets quick!
We charge a set fee to come along to your home or a venue of your choice. In addition to the set fee is the cost of the wines bought along to try. The wines selected will affect the overall cost of the tasting but can be tailored to any budget you want to work to. We also conduct tutored Gin Tastings.
The Straw Collection, under the guise of Lincoln Wine School, is an Approved Program Provider (APP) for the Wines & Spirits Education Trust. In this role Lincoln Wine School offers WSET wine qualification courses. Contact Ben on firstname.lastname@example.org or 07714 588789 for more information. Next courses:
WSET Level 3 Award in Wine (Day Release). Venue: Pessimist Gin & Wine Bar, Mint Lane, Lincoln. Six consecutive Tuesdays – 4th, 11th, 18th & 25th June and 2nd and 9th July 2019, 9.00am to 4.30pm each day. £650.00 per person
WSET Level 2 Award in Wine (Day Release). Venue: Pessimist Gin and Wine Bar, Mint Lane, Lincoln. Three consecutive Wednesdays – 9th, 16th & 23rd October 2019, 9.00am – 4.30pm each day. £425.00 per person
Check back for further 2019 Level 1, 2 & 3 Wine courses
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