Ben is the director of Luxury Beverage Group, and the two underlying companies Bootleggers Wine & Spirits and Cru Wines. Ben’s main responsibility is to develop and manage the portfolio of around 60 producers from 9 countries. The focus is always either benchmark or up-and-coming producers from established and emerging region. Ben’s other responsibilities include wine education and training, along with the continued development of both brands.
Ben completed the Master Sommelier examination in London in October 2016, becoming the 236th Master Sommelier. He received the inaugural Dom Ruinart Cup for completing the examination on his first attempt. Ben is passionate about wine education in Australia, working with the industry and supporting further development. His interests include consulting on wine list development and management, and developing beverage programs.
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