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Ben has presented on our behalf a number of times. The Champagne Showdown Experience AWBS offers is the perfect draw card for us to attract our clients for a familiarisation of Fraser Suites Sydney. The format is fun, social and educational and enables us to showcase our property, and really engage and interact with our clients over a glass or two of bubbles. Ben is a skilled presenter who reads the room very well; entertains, educates and knows when to allow some space. Following our Champagne Showdown events, we have already secured a number of future bookings at the property, and we remain excited to partner with, and highly recommend AWBS.

Benjamin Nesbitt - GM Fraser Suites

Ben Hughes from AWBS is a great supporter of Variety the children’s charity and gives up his time and services to conduct the wine options game at our fundraising events. Ben knows how to entertain a large crowd and add another element to the dining program. I highly recommend Ben to be part of your next event.

Pino Foti - Event Manager - Variety

Ben is a good wine presenter and brings a lot of fun, knowledge and information to our cheese and wine nights.  We always receive great feedback from our attendees.  Highly recommended!!  

Carmelo and Sogna Ocello - Fromaggi Ocello (AWBS has presented over 50 times)

The feedback from staff, customers and prospects alike has been fantastic! I believe the fear from some quarters was that the evening would be one of 'pomp and ceremony' but that was quashed within seconds of your opening introductions. The laid back and engaging way you took the attendees through their wine journey on the night was both educational and light-hearted & humorous, exactly what was asked for.The follow-up notes from the evening are a great way for us to follow up and connect with guests and a brilliant way to not loose track of the delicious wines we can buy and share in the comfort of our own homes. Ben, we look forward to working with you again in the near future and I'd have no hesitation in recommending the AWBS experience to internal teams and external customers.

Daniel McLoughlin - Corporate Partnerships - Corporate Traveller

Ben has an immense passion and knowledge of wine and this really comes across when he presents. I have learned some interesting facts that I look forward to sharing with friends the next time I pop a bottle of fizz! I would highly recommend Ben as a host as he was thoroughly entertaining and knows how to choose a GREAT wine! Thanks for a great evening and I look forward to many more with you!

Emma O'Brien - DeVere Australia

I recently worked with Ben for a high profile media event, he facilitated an incredible and surprising champagne tasting. Unlike many wine tastings/educationals there wasn’t a dull second and we all absorbed a lot of information (and good quality alcohol). It was also a great exercise for bringing the group together and putting everyone at ease. I would highly recommend for any small or large event – Ben is a true and highly engaging professional who would be at home in any setting. From all the media involved in the event, we raise a ‘Mumm’ toast to you – apparently our new favourite champagne!

Laura Pretie - PEPR Publicity


Ben was a great facilitator for the wine tasting at our dinner, he is very knowledgeable and can work a difficult room very well. Ben made a lasting positive impression on our guests.

Paul Schoff, Minter Ellison, Senior Partner.

We have used Ben for a number of events and I never worry that he isn’t going to do a fabulous job. He just gets it and is so flexible with our requirements. 

Kate Panchel, Minter Ellison, Events Manager.

Ben demonstrates a broad, yet detailed knowledge of the world of wine. He is respectful of his host and the setting, displays innovation and manages well to time. I highly recommend his services, will happily refer my colleagues to him and am sure that some of my guests will too.

Craig Williams, Head of Bank Research, Citigroup.

Thank you so much for running the three events for us – all the feedback has been excellent and everyone had a great time at all three events.

Karen Taylor – EA to Chris Rex – CEO Ramsay Healthcare.

I wanted to send a big thank you to you and to Ben for a wonderful wine tasting event. Everyone enjoyed themselves and there was a perfect combination of information and fun.

Jacqui Houston - NSW PCO

It was an absolute delight to organise our wine tasting with Ben, he is so knowledgeable and his way to educate people about wine is not pretentious, he really know how to make the tasting interactive, interesting and fun. I definitely recommend his service if you want to have a good time while you learn useful things about wine.

Mickael Lechalier - Bespoke Concierge. 

Ben - Can I pass on my highest thanks for last night. The format, food and wines were absolutely magnificent. I would be happy to recommend your services to any senior executive planning such an event.

Sandra Semialjac - EconFinancial Services

On behalf of myself and my colleagues, I would like to say a huge thank you for Friday night. The event was very well organised, everybody got involved and from the vibe on the night and the feedback received afterwards, everybody had a really good time! Trying to engage a room of almost 100 people is never easy but people listened to everything you had to say and really valued the insight you provided.In the event that we run another one of these events or I hear of anybody that is organising one, I’ll be sure to recommend you.

Dean Thomas - Deloitte


Thank you to Ben for running such a smooth and successful corporate event for us! You did a fabulous job conducting the session in a fun and interactive way and entertained our clients with your rich knowledge of wine! Nothing but positive feedback! We look forward to working with you again and would highly recommend AWBS for any corporate events.

Andrew Thompson - National Head of Private Equity KPMG.


We all did thoroughly enjoy the event and was much the talk at dinner amongst our other colleagues.

Cathy Holden - Roche

Ben has provided a diverse range of tastings for many client and internal functions at Ernst & Young, and demonstrated flexibility in catering towards our requirements. Ben’s knowledge on both domestic and international wines is exceptional. He has themed many events around varietals ,food or specific countries of origin. Ben is comfortable liaising with people at all levels in any arena and expresses a modest confidence in his disposition.

Doug Simpson, Oceania Managing Partner, Ernst & Young.

Ben put on a wonderful afternoon for our clients. He was extremely responsive during the whole process of organising and was very flexible with location, timings, number of people etc. We put on a tasting for 35 of our clients. Over a two hour period, Ben guided us with each wine, explaining where it came from, how it was made, how it should be consumed, how to match it with food. We had small networking breaks in between. All the wines and the cheeses were delicious and perfectly matched. Ben had a great attitude and kept the clients engaged throughout the whole afternoon. He even left some extra wine behind for us to enjoy. I would highly recommend AWBS for any corporate networking events or parties. I've had nothing but positive feedback from my clients.

Lauren Dreighton - News Corp.  

I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for a great day at Terrey Hills Golf Club on Tuesday. All the partners & their clients thoroughly enjoyed the tasting - they agreed it was a unique touch that actually contributed to a better swing! So thank you again for helping to make the golf day such a success.

Claire Emery, Marketing, Australian British Chamber of Commerce.

Recently Ben hosted a  Cheese and Wine Tasting corporate networking event with the ABCC. Ben’s extensive knowledge of the wine was outstanding and was delivered with an entertaining and humorous take. The Cheese and Wine itself was delicious and surely enjoyed by all our attendees. We look forward to hosting more events with Ben and his team.

Bryan Murphy - Director - Coloursmart Solutions

As part of a business collaboration of seven companies; we booked AWBS for a European Wine and Cheese Networking event. We wanted a draw card to get people to an event and give us a chance to network with them. We achieved everything we wanted. Ben provided a fun, educational presentation and left plenty of time for us to build business relationships. I highly recommend AWBS for any networking event you may have planned.

Keiran Tanner, Director of Vinoparadiso.

We engaged AWBS to present Sparkling Australia Vs Champagne at Vino Paradiso: International Wine and Food Festival, held at Australian Technology Park 31st Oct – 2nd Nov 2014. Both sessions sold out and we got great feedback from both sessions. Ben is a natural presenter and combines this with an extensive knowledge of wine and most importantly how to speak about it. Using his cartoon drawings he brings his presentations to life and provides a fun filled and educational experience. We look forward to working with Ben again, his classes are absolutely amazing.

Liz Austin, Events Coordinator - Office of the Managing Partner PricewaterhouseCoopers Australia.

Ben has been providing wines and conducting tastings for PWC since 1994. Whether it’s a Client Senior Partner Dinner or a team bonding session, Ben is able to tailor his presentation to suit the crowd. His left of centre sense of humour makes his presentations engaging and fun, as well as being educational, and his style of presenting encourages participation and networking. I receive nothing but positive feedback from PWC staff and clients after attending one of Ben’s tastings, his style is a winner.

Martin A. Jones, Catering Manager, PriceWaterhouseCoopers.

Ben communicated his impressive knowledge of wine in a way that entertained and informed our guests at our corporate dinners. His passion, professionalism and attention to detail were a big contributor to the success of the dinners he was involved in, and we have had him back many times.

Kate Brinkley, Marketing Manager – Ernst & Young.

Ben, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for a fantastic evening of wine tasting! Everyone commented on your delightful, friendly personality and professionalism hosting the event. Your wine selections and ability to relate to all levels of wine knowledge was superb. I will definitely recommend your company to fellow employees & friends.

David Clatworthy, Director, major Australian bank*.

Take a group of people & give them good wine & fabulous food & you’ll have an enjoyable event. Include Ben’s expertise & personable hosting skills & you’ll have an educational, stimulating & fabulous function that people will be talking about for weeks. From amateurs to wine buffs, Ben is sure to empower guests with information & anecdotes that they’ll no doubt try to reproduce next time their discussing wine with friends. Thanks for making me look good Ben, as both an event organiser & in front of my mates at the bar on Friday.

Kristie Young - Events and Conferencing - Fraser Suites.

The night was a big success and Martin was great. Have had several clients email with great feedback commending Martin!

Kay Shrimpton - Corporate Events - Redballoon.  

I thought the event was a huge success for all involved. Martin was excellent as our presenter and had the audience totally engaged! I look forward to more of these events in partnership with both Fraser Suites and AWBS should the opportunity arise.

Genevive Edmonds - 5Stitches.

Ben Hughes Head Of Liquids you are such a wealth of knowledge in your field, last nights networking event at The British Chamber Of Commerce was fun, entertaining and educational.I was incredibly impressed with how you wove the wine & cheese with networking. I learnt all about the bubbles in Champagne that I have been so ignorantly consuming all these years & your quirky flip chart drawings were entertaining & full of information. Thank you, I’m very much looking forward to the next one.

Paul Wright - Ratesetter.

Ben, did an amazing job. The guys in my office are still talking about that Rosé’s wine and sherry!!! 

Omar Afiouni - XRay Property.

Insightful, beneficial and lots of fun!  Thank you very much Ben for educating us on the finer intricacies of how to appreciate, recognise and enjoy wine.  It was not just an awesome wine and cheese experience, but to mix this in with a professional business networking event, is pure brilliance. I met a large number of business owners in an informal, yet productive and professional environment, built relationships and have a strong platform now to develop those relationships into tangible, mutually beneficial business dealings with people I want to work with.  It was a thoroughly enjoyable and beneficial investment. I can't think of a better way of doing business!  When's the next one?

Emma Cochrane - The Australian Wine Experience attendee. 

Ben provided an informative and fun afternoon. He talked about wine in a relatable yet educational way. If you're looking for the perfect gift for the friend that has everything this is it! My husband and I thought we were knowledgeable about wine and still learnt a lot about wine and food pairings and tasted some great cheeses. Thanks for a great afternoon! 

Courtney Lehane - Organised a Hen's Party for her sister.

Thanks to Ben and the team at AWBS for putting on a great start to my sister's Hens Night. Right from the initial contact, Ben was very helpful in organising the event. We had a fantastic 2 hour tasting at the Oak Barrel that was great value for money. The wines we tried were absolutely delicious, and Ben's knowledge about wine was interesting and entertaining. Thanks again guys - we all had such a great night!

Sarah Munn - Attendee at The Australian Wine Experience.

The host was informative and made the experience very enjoyable. We left the experience with better knowledge of wine and cheese. Definitely would like to do another one.

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I have never met a more knowledgeable person than Ben Hughes. He understands wine, understands beers, understands food and more importantly, why it brings people together. I highly recommend that you get some advise or attend one of his workshops to get an insight into the world of wine, beer and food.

Eyob Yesus - Memphis Events

What a great evening, thanks again Ben it was so great to listen and learn from someone with so much knowledge and passion for what they do. Looking forward to the next event.

Mark Longhurst - PipeSmart Plumbing

Picking great wines in a bottle store is a bit a hit and miss. Sometimes it's good, often it's so so, rarely it's great. Well that was before I started to get my wines through the AWBS. I can now safely say that 100% of the wines I get from Ben are amazing!

Jeremy Dauny - Oscar Hunt Tailors

This has to be the my most favourite school. A place to go and enjoy great food and learn and drink the best wines and beer. Ben Hughes is the most gracious and entertaining host you could ever want. A must attend event for you, your clients or staff. Highly recommended for an awesome night out.

Rob Skeen - Skeen Property Buyers

I had so many questions about wine, and was too afraid to ask. No fear of asking a stupid question, Ben and his team is very welcoming, very informative and knows how to put on a great experience. Highly recommended.

Kelvin Ong - Sky Monkey

I attended a wine & cheese event ran by Ben from AWS last year. It was fun, educational and best of all - great wine. End result = an enjoyable and effective business function!!

Gerald Chow - Zeno IT

This bloke knows a bit about wine! 35 years of drinking experience right? Seriously, good wine = good times and Ben and his team can deliver with events, fun and business growth through their customer service qualities. Cheers Ben!

Daniel Bligh - Elevate Property

Drew Davis 

Managing Director at Kubarz

Ben and his service is fantastic, not only is Ben himself fun and educational but he really does know his stuff and his service has been of great value to my organisation.

Joslin Hartley

Dynamic & Creative | Corporate & Commercial Photographer

I worked with Ben in producing a wine tasting client event for my group which was a great success. The clients thoroughly enjoyed the evening, the food and the wine. Ben takes a light hearted but knowledgeable approach making the evening both informative and extremely enjoyable.

Rick Polito

Business Software and Systems Consultant

I was most impressed by the Wine Event that Ben held for our customers this week. The selection of wines were excellent and perfectly matched to the delicious canapes. Ben's tips and background stories and the thoughtful structure of the night ensured that there were plenty of networking opportunities. Thanks Ben for a thoroughly enjoyable night.

Ryan Atkins

Country HR Manager, ANZ

Ben has hosted wine-tasting / team-building events for my team with great success. Informative, entertaining and upbeat, I'd recommend Ben's offering as a great option for internal team or client events.

Fabian von Lucken

Business Development Manager

I have been to one of Ben's tastings and it was fun,educational and great way to provide client entertaining. 
Ben knows how to work a crowd, providing excellent information and tips at the same time being relaxed and entertaining. 

Would I attend again? Yes, always great value.

Ian Kinsella

Senior Business Development Manager at Fast Track Communications

I recently engaged Ben's services to educate and entertain a group of 40 clients. Ben makes entertaining clients easy with his unique and personal style of weaving wine knowledge into a casual event, engaging with your clients, then allowing them to continue to mingle and network over a glass. It makes the evening enjoyable, informative and memorable. I strongly recommend him.

Ramon Cura

Property Adviser & Licensed Buyer's Agent

I asked Ben to deliver a Wine education based networking event for our clients and business alliances. Ben chose a fantastic venue to stage what was a fantastic evening. Our three goals were achieved; 1. Everyone had fun, 2. There was lots of networking and business cards exchanged, and 3 we all learnt very practical and interesting things about the wines we were drinking.

Daniela Cavalletti (BNI Member)

Marketing & Business Copywriter, Editor, Ghostwriter Multilingual Consultant Business Books Corporate & SME

What a life-saver to have had Ben help with the selection of the wines for our wedding - and then enjoy one of his wine tasting events a few weeks later. Ben not only has the technical knowledge you expect of a wine connoisseur, he also has an infectious passion for a good quality drop (vs. simply an expensive one) and knows all that's interesting about a wine.

Craige Marquart

Area Director at Regus

Ben provided a presentation on Wine that kept everyone interested and created a fantastic networking environment. The outcome was educated guests, tasting a variety of quality wines, and follow up notes to build on the presentation. I can highly reccommend Ben.

Aimee Reynolds

Managing Director at Patricks

Ben conducted the best wine tasting event I have ever been to. He is very entertaining and personable and also has a detailed knowledge of wine. He was able to engage and entertain the whole audience for the entire evening and everyone left with a better understanding and appreciation of wine. I would highly recommend Ben's wine tasting events.

Toby Marshall

Getting your Prospects talking back | Clear strategies for B2B Marketing, powerful case studies and guaranteed results.

Wow Ben, thank you. You organised a great event for us out on Sydney Harbour and my clients loved it. You made what can be a boring topic interesting and funny, and your talk was full of fascinating wine trivia. Had no idea there was anything interesting about champagne flutes! 

We will be hiring you again as the feedback from our clients' was just great.  

Patrick Kidd

Entrepreneur and Director at Patricks Universal Exports

Ben is a master of everything wine and is a crowd favourite. I have been to many of Ben's tastings and they are unreal.... you don't have to be a wine expert to have a great night and learn something about wine! More than that he is a funny bugger and super entertaining! 
A must for anyone wanting a greater knowledge of wine or entertain clients in a unique way

Roger Vertannes

Director at Gallop Solutions, Licensed Business Broker

Ben expertly uncorks his fun wine education events by pouring an informative mix over his audience on all that one needs to know on sparklings, whites, roses and reds.
Ben's extraordinary knowledge and wicked sense of humour offers everyone an entertaining and social way of getting to know your wines and your guests better.

Andrew McCombie


Interesting, informative and great fun, that's how I would describe one of Ben's events. 
Friendly, knowledgable and engaging is how I would describe Ben when he delivers one of his wine tasting events. I highly recommend Ben and AWBS!

Elizabeth Woodgate

Owner, Ongoing Concern

Thanks again Ben for facilitating a great night for my client function - the feedback from my clients was fantastic and everyone commented on how much fun they had. Your product knowledge and method of presentation was brilliant - a great night all round! I would highly recommend this way of entertaining your clients.

Rebecca Allen

Corporate Trainer; Executive Coach

I have asked Ben to arrange two events for my social club recently and both have been a tremendous success. Ben's easy going presentation style puts everyone at ease and his knowledge about wine is quite remarkable. I love how he is able to talk about wine in words I can understand and in an open, conversational, non-judgemental way. Our members just love Ben!

Steve Hobbs

Specialising in solutions which achieve quick, efficient regulated recall & return of pharmaceuticals & medical devices

Ben ran a very successful, entertaining and informative wine tasting for over 100 people; at one of our professional networking group meetings for "UK Professionals in Australia" . Ben is a delight to work with. He took care of all the arrangements and we have had a good deal of feedback from our members as to how much they enjoyed it. I would recommend Ben to anyone.

Sonja van den Bosch

Founder & Managing Director Twinlife Marketing - Marketing Consulting - Marketing Management - Marketing Mentoring

I organised a wine tasting event for my clients with Ben Hughes and I can't speak highly enough of him. Ben knows exactly to strike the right balance between telling something interesting about wine, but making it fun and connecting people on the night. Thanks so much for a fantastic event!.

Michelle Kerr

Mobile Lender at ANZ Mobile Lending

Last year I had the pleasure of Ben hosting a wonderful Wine Tasting Event for myself and my friends to help raise money for the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Ben is fantastic at presenting his wine tastings and we thoroughly enjoyed the way Ben shared his knowledge on the beautiful wines he presented that night. His friendly approach makes everyone feel comfortable.

Alina Berdichevsky

Lifestyle Writer & Consultant

I thoroughly enjoyed my Wine Tasting evening with Ben and feel more socially enriched for the experience. 
As a relative wine dummy, he engaged our curiosity, imagination and appreciation through humourous anecdotes and straight forward explanations about every varied drop. 
I liked how accessible he made the experience in a culture often dominated by confusing.

Rebekah Dunsford

Sales Training, Consulting, Sandler Training, Management Training, KPI's, Sales Training Courses, Cold Calling, BDM work

I was fortunate enough to be invited to one of Ben's wine tasting evenings at Bondi Social late last year. I was excited as wine and sampling food are two of my favorite things in life, however I have experienced the types of wine tasting events before that are way too serious and not enough fun. I was pleasantly surprised with the wonderful event that Ben put on.

Tony Greaves (FRCSA)

CEO, Ascendancy Recruitment Consulting - 1000+ placements, locally, nationally and internationally, since 1986

I am pleased to endorse Ben's services. My wife and I recently attended a wine appreciation and education course that was conducted by Ben's company, AWBS. It was highly educational, well organised, and above all, professionally and responsibly conducted by Ben, who really knows his stuff.
It is an excellent way to reward staff.

Stewart Noble

Owner at The Australian Wine Concierge

I have been to a number of AWBS events with Ben and thoroughly enjoyed each and every one of them. Ben is very knowledgable and passionate about wine and yet makes no attempt to show off this knowledge, only to share the interesting parts that the average person will find interesting and useful. 
I look forward to attending future AWBS events.

Tim R. Lea

Creative Content Producer For Engagement & Results. Ainmated Explainer Videos A Speciality

We used Ben for a winetasting event we co-ordinated for our Linked In group UK Professionals In Australia. Ben's knowledge of wine was exemplary and his ability to relate to the assembled audience fantastic. We have received numerous comments on the success of the evening and we put this down to Ben and his team. A big thank you for making the event so worthwhile.

Adrian Fadini

Business Sales Trainer specialising in Corporate Sales Training using Brian Tracy methodology. Coach & Speaker

Ben held a wine tasting event for a charity I support, absolutely brilliant, we had a diverse cross section of people and Ben imparted his knowledge effortlessly. I have already recommended Ben's services to my closest friends and family.

Roland Hanekroot

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I have taken part in some of Ben's wine events and tours over the past year and had a ball. Ben loves what he does and is passionate about wine (and cider) and he is a walking treasure trove of information and bits of knowledge. Besides that Ben keeps it down to earth and straight forward. As he says, is all about who you share it with.  

Rohan Calvert

Your Trusted Painting Professional at Men in White Painting

Ben is a natural entertainer and he knows a lot about wine! I have attended a wine appreciation evening given by Ben, and not only did I learn quite a few things about wine (that I didn’t know that I didn’t know) but I also had a good time, and my face felt warm from the laughing.

Jason Murray

Practice Director at RAIN Group and Director at Human Synergy

Rookie Recruits engaged AWBS to “spice up” an event where we were presenting to a group of potential clients. After a short 15 minute overview from us, we handed over to Ben to entertain & educate. The effect was fantastic, everyone relaxed, really got into it and enjoyed themselves. Normally when our events finish everyone rushes out the door, not this one.

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Director of Sales and Operations at ID Events Australia

I attended one of Bens educational courses/events and it was a memorable night. Ben is extremely knowledgeable about all wine and I can recommend his services to anyone who wants to have a wine event but have lots of fun doing so! 

Jimmy Wright

Ex Redballoon - Co Creator at Nanna Kerr's Kitchen

As a RedBalloon supplier Ben delivers outstanding service. He's a bit different in his approach and makes wine accessible and fun as well as ensuring that you have a story to impress your mates with. Ben's committed to making sure everyone at your event has a fabulous time, including you!

Paul Taylor

Owner, Bidsonline Pty Ltd

Recently Ben hosted our live wine auctions on the internet.( According to our customers he came across as knowledgeable and personable. I have no hesitation in recommending Ben as a wine presenter.

Dr. Cathy Kezelman AM

President, Adults Surviving Child Abuse

Ben was engaged to run a wine education event, as a fundraiser for our charity, ASCA. The evening was expertly run, entertaining and informative and we were all delighted with the outcome. I have no hesitation in recommending Ben and his events 

Leonard Peters


Ben is a highly organised and well respected team player who approaches everything with a discplined work ethic.

David Michell

CEO (Chief Enthusiasm Officer) at The Protectors Insurance Brokers Pty Ltd

If you are looking for a fact filled fun event, speak to Ben. His knowledge is awesome and his presentation caters for any audience, with any level of wine experience. Having Ben in for a networking event, or session rewarding your Team and/or clients is a great choice.

Bob Greenup

Referral marketing and business networking for ongoing referrals | BNI | Referral training | Public speaker.

Ben is a personable, passionate expert on wine and takes his education of wine enthusiasts seriously but always with a touch of fun. His events are well run and great value for money.

Victor Berger

Lawyer at Milne Berry Berger

Ben has an extraordinarily wide and diverse knowledge of wine and that industry. his presentation of his knowledge is innovative and creative. He is utterly captivating in his presentations ineviably has one extend oneself in trying the wines and exploring beyond one's boundaries of taste and preferences..

Melanie Becker

Ashurst Lawyers

Ben ran one of his fabulous events for our team. Even for a non-wine drinker like me it was very interesting and the evening went by quickly with a lot of laughter around the room. 
The feedback from the wine connoisseurs was extremely positive and in general a fantastic event. 
Ben presents extremely well, speaks slowly and clearly and is personable and easy to approach

Richard Carter

► Business Development Strategies. Social Media. Online Resources. Networking. ► Social Business Development .

I recently attended one of Ben's wine tasting events. Great venue, excellent wines and made all the better by Ben's fascinating commentary.

Charlotte Lemoine

Product Development Manager at Tesco PLC

I attended Ben’s wine course at the Sydney Community College. Ben was great at introducing us to wine and was a wealth of information on all aspects from wine making through to wine/food matching. He was attentive to all students and showed much passion (and patience) whilst explaining the intricacies of the industry. I would highly recommend Ben’s fun and interactive courses.

Zigi Ozeri

Business Owner at Zigis Art Wine Cheese Bar

I have and still using Ben services for our monthly Wine tasting at the winecheesebar in Chippendale. I found Ben very reliable, takes his job serious and more importantly he know to connect to our guests on a personal level with his wine educations and illustration of various wine productions. 
Without doubt I found Ben to be very very educated person with a great people skills.  

Greg Mason

Senior Graphic Designer - Allegis Group APAC

Ben's passion for wine shows in his presentations to clients. He brings wine alive with his imaginative approach and engages his audience fully. Whether it be 5 friends, 20 CEO's or a 100 strong crowd, Ben captivates and tantalises everyone on a journey of the senses with food and wine. Thoroughly recommended.

Sarah Aldred

Wine Specialist

Ben Hughes has been an inspiration to all who embarked on his Southern Highlands Wine Tour earlier this year - An event that we all learnt from whether we were just getting into wine or already knew more about it - in a fun, interesting, 'time-will-fly' way. He's passionate, impressive and really easy to learn from in the depths of the wine world, and in the short time my knowledge was enhanced.

Irena Geller

Health & Wellness Coach and Personal Trainer

I booked Ben’s home wine experience as a surprise birthday present for my husband. He loved it! Ben really knows his wine and has a great ability at putting the information across. He draws cartoons to explain the wines and even throws in some jokes. My family, children (grown up) and my parents all had a great night. I highly recommend Ben as something different to do.


Redballoon reviews - 4.9 out of 5! That is a 96%!

The Australian wine and beer school!

10/10 for this wine and cheese experience  approved (21-05-2017)

Brie •

We were not sure what to expect and having had some good experience in wine tasting already we were hoping it wasn't going to be boring. I can assure you it was not. So informative, the wines were amazing, I went online and bought 2 cases while still in the room. The two hours went by so fast we were surprised when it was over. Tempted to go back again.

Sarah •

The host was informative and made the experience very enjoyable. We left the experience with better knowledge of wine and cheese. Definitely would like to do another one


An educational and enriching experience

Mark •

We thoroughly enjoyed the experience and the irrefutable knowledge of Ben whilst learning lots of tips and anecdotes of the wine industry. Well worth every minute as even a so called 'connoisseur' will learn something from Ben's vast experience.


Great informative evening 

Michael •

Ben was great excellent wine and cheese. Recommend.




Educational, fun, relaxed evening

Our host Ben was very knowledgeable but also very down to earth, passing on a lot of common sense to make future wine drinking and food pairing more enjoyable. I took a lot from the evening.

☆☆☆☆☆5 out of 5 stars.


Delicious and fun

We had a great time and enjoyed learning more about wine and cheese plus they were delicious

☆☆☆☆☆5 out of 5 stars.


Great wine and cheese experience!

Great selection of wine, and the cheese chosen provided an excellent accompaniment. Ben was a super host!

☆☆☆☆☆5 out of 5 stars.


Wine experience

It was very informative and laid back 2 hours. The time went by very quickly and Ben has an amazing knowledge of wines, cheeses and food and wine matching. There was a really good mix of wines. I would highly recommend the experience if you enjoy your wines.

☆☆☆☆4 out of 5 stars.


A fun night out for beginner winos

More like a social dinner party than a sterile class, this wine course is a novel way to taste and learn a little about wine. I have to say a lot of what was covered I had already picked up over the years of visiting various wineries but it was a nice fun environment for a refresher and would be really informative for someone who likes to drink wine but doesn't know the story behind it. The wines and cheese you taste are beautiful and you might just find something you never realised you liked.

☆☆☆☆☆5 out of 5 stars.


Worth Doing if you like Wine & Cheese

Having attended a few other wine tastings before, this by far is well worth doing because the combination of wine and cheese taste absolutely wonderful when partnered correctly. Food is glorious and combined with the right wine is magnificent, and this style and personality of the presenter made it great.

☆☆☆☆☆5 out of 5 stars.


Great experience

The location was rather difficult to find however the overall experience was great. The wine was lovely and really pleased to see that they were all Australian wines that we tried. The cheeses were fantastic although I would have liked some quince paste or muscatels to compliment the cheese.

☆☆☆☆☆5 out of 5 stars.



My husband and I were treated to this by my in-laws and I would have no hesitation in recommending the experience to others. Our host was knowledgeable and lots of fun and really simpled it down to make it more like a dinner party with good conversation rather than a classroom type feel, which was a great way to learn. We learnt a lot about matching wines to foods as well as the best regions for each variety which was very interesting and practical. The wine and cheeses were delicious and the room was impeccably presented. Would do it again in a heartbeat!

☆☆☆☆☆5 out of 5 stars.


What a great afternoon!

This experience was fun, relaxing, educational and definitely worth every dollar. I would highly recommend this experience to others.

☆☆☆☆☆5 out of 5 stars.


Amazing wine tasting experience. Highly recommended!

I normally do not write reviews but I had to spend a minute to give you my comments. What a fantastic night we've had. This came totally unexpected. We have done a few tastings before (tea, whisky) cooking classes (thai) and this is by far the best experience so far. This was all that wine drinking should be about. Having good time, sharing stories and tasting good wine accompanied with cheese. There is so much we have learnt from this class and this is something you can never learn by reading books/magazines. If you are into drinking wine just a bit or want to learn more, this class is for you. It is an amazing night out to! Highly recommended!!!

☆☆☆☆☆5 out of 5 stars.


Great experience

A great introduction to wine appreciation in a fun, entertaining environment and the cheese was heavenly. The 'chief wine drinker' Ben was excellent!

☆☆☆☆4 out of 5 stars.


Very enjoyable.

The wine and cheese experience was a great couple of hours. The group was fun and our host was very knowledgeable and accommodating without taking himself too seriously. It definitely expanded my knowledge in a very relaxed and enjoyable environment.

☆☆☆☆☆5 out of 5 stars.


You CAN learn something new every day!!!

The venue set the tone for this scintillating evening. We arrived early and spent some time exploring this treasure cave of Bacchanalian delights. The theme continued throughout the evening, an air of elegance surrounded the table settings and food presentation. The wines were varied and new to us, the cheeses delicious (I had never eaten goat cheese before and didn't think I would, but I did), everything about the evening gave us confidence in our guide. Ben is a natural presenter with a wide repertoire of facts, anecdotes and opinions, all delivered with a liberal dash of humour and bonhomie! Portions were generous and there was no undue rush to move to the next sample. By the end of the night we had enjoyed good food, good wine and good company and were surprised at how quickly the time had passed. I found myself making a mental list of all the people I would like to introduce to this outstanding experience.

☆☆☆☆4 out of 5 stars.


Really enjoyable experience.

Really enjoyable, relaxing way to learn more about that wonderful thing called wine. Oh, let's not forget the cheese. Great wine, food and a terrific host.

☆☆☆☆4 out of 5 stars.


This was a fantastic evening.

This is a great experience for the everyday wine drinker looking to build a foundation of knowledge for different wines. Ben is a sagacious wine educator and would recommend his classes to all ages.

☆☆☆☆☆5 out of 5 stars.


Great experience

I've been to many a cellar door, however you only learn about when it's harvested, year and the background of the cellar door. I learnt so much more!

Lots and lots of laughs! Will definitely go back!

☆☆☆☆☆5 out of 5 stars.


Informative and fun 2 hours

Excellent course. Presenter knew his topic well without going into too much detail, keeping it interesting and informative. Readily answered questions. Plenty of cheese and wine provided. Main criticism is that some popular wines like Cabernet and Merlot were not mentioned. We were given the reason was that they are no longer popular. I tend to disagree!

☆☆☆☆☆5 out of 5 stars.


Great Australian Wine Experience

Ben was a great teacher, very enthusiastic and entertaining. The Wine and Cheese was outstanding. Highly recommend.

☆☆☆☆☆5 out of 5 stars.


A lovely evening

Good wine, cheese, people and a bit of pictionary!

☆☆☆☆☆5 out of 5 stars.


Cheese and wine tasting

Ben was the perfect host. Very funny, casual and informative. Lucky to have a nice group of people. Thoroughly recommended.

☆☆☆☆☆5 out of 5 stars.


Relaxed, enjoyable, educational

An excellent time with a small group tasting delicious wines and cheeses. Learned a lot about wine and food pairing in a nice relaxed environment where you felt free to ask any question that came to mind.


Great experience, fun, educational.


What a great night! The facilitator was charismatic and knowledgeable... The wine and cheese were delicious and the experience was both interesting and interactive. I would highly recommend this experience to any wine lovers!




Wine experience.


It was very informative and laid back 2 hours. The time went by very quickly and Ben has an amazing knowledge of wines, cheeses and food and wine matching. There was a really good mix of wines. I would highly recommend the experience if you enjoy your wines.



Great wine and cheese experience!


Great selection of wine, and the cheese chosen provided an excellent accompaniment. Ben was a super host!



Delicious and fun.


We had a great time and enjoyed learning more about wine and cheese plus they were delicious



Educational, fun, relaxed evening.


Our host Ben was very knowledgeable but also very down to earth, passing on a lot of common sense to make future wine drinking and food pairing more enjoyable. I took a lot from the evening.





Ben was fantastic, not too serious, and would recommend this for anyone and for any occasion. Great with a loved one, or great with a group of friends. Wine and cheese was fab too!



Great experience.


Very informative experience. Gentlemen conducting the workshop made this so much fun as well as educational. It really was like a dinner party.




Our fabulous evening with Ben.


We thoroughly enjoyed The Australian Wine and Cheese Experience last Saturday. Ben was informative and entertaining. We learnt more about the joys of drinking wine with good wine, food, friends - whole experience, in this one evening than at any other wine event we have experienced. Thanks for a memorable event.



Fantastic Experience! 


My partner and I were very impressed with The Australian Wine and Cheese Experience. It had a very nice set up with a good variety of wines to try as well as some delicious cheeses. We thoroughly enjoyed our time and would



This was an enjoyable experience.


Great experience, Ben was very knowledgeable and informative. Good quality wines and cheese. Plenty of cheese and biscuits, didn't skimp. Most enjoyable, would definitely recommend.



Great experience, fun, educational.


What a great night! The facilitator was charismatic and knowledgeable... The wine and cheese were delicious and the experience was both interesting and interactive. I would highly recommend this experience to any wine lovers!



A wonderful two hours! 


Our host was excellent, friendly, knowledgeable, we all relaxed and enjoyed the company as well as the marvellous wines and French cheeses !......



This was a fantastic experience.


This experience was actually a gift for my Dad for Xmas last year and unfortunately he couldn't attend so, he gave the experience to my husband and myself. It was fantastic. Ben was really great at explaining the different wines and cheeses and how different foods compliment different wines. I would definitely recommend this experience.



Had a really fun night and learnt a lot. 


Ben, our wine tasting coach had a wealth of knowledge about the wine and cheese. The selection he chose for the night were perfect! I will definitely go back for another tasting! Thank you Ben!