Private Events

A wine specialist for all occasions. Soirees that feature an interactive element leave guests with unforgettable memories - incorporate a wine tasting or pairing that complements your special occasion. Interactive, fun, educational, and definitely sommthing to remember.

  • Wine events led by wine specialists* in the comfort of your own space - we take care of the wine, glassware, and event specific food pairings and materials
  • Customized tasting experiences that complement your goals for the event making it a memorable soiree
  • Private tastings include consultation with a wine specialist, stemmed wine glasses, and tasting menus
  • Potential Wine Tasting Experiences include: regional or varietal exploration, blind tastings, wine pairings (cheese, lite bites, multi-course dinners), Wine 101, Wine Education
  • Private Wine Events are ideal for intimate fundraisers, wedding (related), birthdays, holidays, corporate (related)
  • Events are catered to your guests’ preferences and experience - it can be as cursory or in depth as guests are comfortable with - wine is an enjoyable experience for everyone

*Wine Specialist is defined as an individual who has completed at least one level of the following formal educational/training programs: Wine and Spirits Education Trust (WSET), Court of Master Sommeliers (CMS), Society of Wine Educators (SWE), Wine Scholar Guild (WSG)

Let's share somm good wine with somm good people

  • Corporate Events

    Fun, educational, and relaxed events for team building, staff appreciation, and client appreciation.

  • Event Wines

    Crowd pleasing, versatile, and delicious wines fit for any gathering or soiree.

FAQs

What kind of events do you offer?

While we focus on customizing events to the host/hostess, we have a few themes that event guests gravitate towards, such as blind tastings, wine and cheese pairings, regional explorations, educational and sensory tastings, tasting basics, and food pairings (e.g. dinners).

What do you provide?

For in-home (or office) private tastings, we provide everything necessary for the wine tasting event, at the very minimum - glassware, educational materials (tasting mats, tasting notes, etc.). Depending on the style of event, we also provide any necessary serving utensils and accompaniment needed. We do not provide chairs, tables, or linens.

Where do you get your wines from? How do you choose your wines?

Our team of wine professionals and sommeliers work with a number of wine vendors and distributors and focus on smaller production boutique wines that are not only high quality, but flavorful. We taste all products we have on the online shop and available for event services.

How many people can I have for my event? Minimum? Maximum?

For in-home/office tasting events we require a minimum of 8 people. Our maximum for in-home (sit down) tasting is 30 - the intimate nature of smaller events lends itself to highly curated wines, service, and unforgettable experiences.

How long are your events?

For wine only and lite food (small bites/appetizers) wine pairings, depending on the number of guests, we anticipate events to last between 1.5 - 2.0 hours, perhaps longer depending on the number of guests. Wine dinners and extensive food pairings will likely go beyond the 2.0 hour time frame. The duration of the event does not include set up and breakdown/cleanup.

Do you have any specialties?

We specialize in interactive tasting events where guests not only taste wine, but play with it - try to deduce flavors or match it with different foods. We enjoy blind tastings, educational events, and food pairings.

Do you offer wine dinners?

Yes! We have private chefs we work with to coordinate wine dinners. Also, we are happy to work with your favorite restaurant to create a wine list that pairs with your favorite menu items.

Do you do tasting event consultations??

Depending on the style of event. We have a preliminary questionnaire to assess the preferences of your guests - wine should be enjoyed by all! Generally, wine only tasting events and wine events that feature small bites/appetizers don’t require tasting consultations. However, wine dinners and extensive pairings may require one where Sippin Somm Wines will consult with the host/hostess and chef on the menu.

When do I need to submit my final guest count?

Final guest counts are due one (1) week (7 days) prior to your event date.

When do I have to book or reserve by?

Our private tastings are customized to the host/hostess, as such they require some logistical planning. We recommend reaching out to us no less than 45 days prior to the desired date, at which point we can discuss logistics and style of your private event. If a food component is involved, we recommend 60 days prior to your desired event date. A signed contract/agreement (and deposit) is due no later than 30 days prior to the event date. Changes to the event date and time are subject to availability.

How much does a wine tasting event cost?

The cost of a wine tasting event varies depending on the style of event, number of guests, etc. At minimum, our events include wine, glassware, tasting notes, and a dedicated wine specialist/sommelier. In home/office wine events start at $400, with an eight person minimum - not including tax, delivery, or gratuity.

What is your payment policy

A contract/agreement with deposit is required no later than 30 days prior to the event. An initial fifty percent (50%) deposit is required at signature of contract. The remaining balance is to be paid within 30 days after the event. A standard sales tax and admin charge will be apply to all food, beverage, and labor. A credit card is required to confirm the event.

What’s the cancellation policy?

If the event agreement is terminated within fourteen (14) days of the event, Sippin Somm Wines will retain a percentage of the deposit and any additional expenditures to the date of cancellation (including but not limited to contracted labor, special orders, rentals, and/or proposal costs). Additionally, the deposit is forfeited if the event agreement is terminated within (seven) 7 days prior to the event. If the event agreement is terminated within seventy-two (72) hours prior to the event, host/hostess is responsible for the full event cost.

Should the event be canceled by Sippin Somm Wines, Sippin Somm Wines will fully refund any deposit within ten (10) days of the date of cancellation.