Ep 9: Ben McGowan
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Welcome to your favourite new podcast, Wine Flight! Hosted by Sophia Longhi and Ben Franks. Each week, we interview a new guest with a shared love for wine. Sophia and Ben face off with a flight of wines and we ask each guest to pick a winner at the end of the podcast.

In this episode of Wine Flight, we're chatting to the musician Ben McGowan. Explorer, tour guide, fire breather and Irish music aficionado, we were taken on a journey through the times and all over the world in this episode of Wine Flight. Ben shares stories from his travels, events from history, and his love for music and performing. We're pretty sure you're going to love hearing from him!

Alongside the stories, we open a few different wines and, as always, our guest Ben must pick their favourite from the line-up and crown a winner! Have a listen to find out. 

You can listen to one of Ben's covers on Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/ben-mc-gowan/galway-girl

The Wines:

Wine 1 - Vila Nova Vinho Verde, Portugal (Ben)

Wine 2 - Cave de Turckheim Gewurztraminer, France (Sophia)

Wine 3 - Don Guerino El Gaucho Tannat, Brazil (Ben)

Wine 4 - Masi Costasera Amarone Classico DOCG, Italy (Sophia)

Listen on your favourite app, or visit wineflightpod.com for the full series.

This episode was recorded in January 2023.


Ben Franks FRSA is the Managing Director of the international drinks consultancy Ben Franks Wine, helping bring brands to the UK market. He is also the co-founder of the multi-award-winning wine merchant Novel Wines and Canned Wine Co., a sustainability-focused alt-format wine business putting Europe's best wines in can.

Sophia Longhi is the owner of wine blog skin+pulp, winner of the IWSC Emerging Talent in Wine Communication Award 2022 and was named one of Wine GB’s Great British Wine Industry Women of 2021. She is an acclaimed wine writer, wine judge and tastings host.

Wine Flight is produced by Ben Franks Wine Ltd and edited by Kat Agg. Follow @BenFranksWine on Twitter, or Instagram. Read all of the latest insights from Ben Franks Wine online.

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