The Wine Wankers are lucky enough to have a new wine lover blogging with us… Ben. Some of you may have already noticed Ben’s recent contributions to our blog “One bottle, half a dozen wines, and an experience of a lifetime” and “How do you choose wine for a table of 12?“.
We are very happy to introduce Ben. Both Neal and I have known Ben for many years and have had many a wine wanking session with him (hmmm, that sounds a bit wrong but you get the idea). Ben has been a good mate of ours for a long time so we decided to find out if he was keen to join us in this sordid affair. It didn’t take much convincing at all… he clearly has no idea what he has got himself into.
I still clearly remember how excited Ben was to see that we were going to be cracking open a 1972 Penfolds St Henri Claret at a little “1972 wines” party I had at my joint a little while ago. He had been collecting St Henri for a while but hadn’t drunk one from that long ago. He was in luck because it turned out to be a sensational wine that had not died in the ass at all. It still punched a load of fruit along with savoury aged flavours.
I also clearly remember Ben introducing me to my highlight of that evening. There were a few different home-made pizzas on offer and Ben had discovered that the 1972 Yalumba Galway Claret was majorly enhanced by taking a bite of satay chicken pizza. Now this wine had also turned out to be a cracker but I just couldn’t believe that it would go with satay chicken pizza. Oh how wrong I was, it was an utter taste sensation and to this day I don’t have many other wine and food pairing experiences that can match that one.
Like Neal and I, Ben is a just another passionate wine lover who enjoys talking about his wine experiences. Actually, Ben is quite the orator, so much so I asked him to be the MC at my wedding at Tamburlaine winery in the Hunter Valley, which he nailed of course. So even if a small fraction of Ben’s verbal story telling skills translates onto our blog we will be far richer for it.
So Ben, welcome!