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Mike Steinberger's Wine Diarist


Corporate Events

Looking for something different at your next conference or retreat? How about an interactive wine education workshop or team-building event?

Whether you're looking for a presentation on the state of the wine industry or a hands-on tasting, I can offer a fun break from your group's main agenda. Activities like blind tastings can help participants develop a wine vocabulary, discover the reality of price vs. quality, and help put everyone from the experienced wine consumer to the novice drinker on an even playing field.

As a former Events Director for a major Conference and Performing Arts Facility in the New York Metropolitan Area, I have years of experience working with corporate and non-profit clients. For details on how I can help at your next function, contact me today. Past clients have included IBM, Kraft Foods, Danone, JP Morgan Chase, GE Capital, The Bank of New York, PepsiCo, Virgin America, Deutsche Bank, Pace University, Oberlin College, and many others.

Some Event Ideas...

Group Tasting and Team Building
Without doubt one of the most popular events I have done involves guests in a blind tasting attempting to identify quality and various elements of the wines tasted.

After an introductory talk to get everybody up to speed on how to taste like the pros, teams of guests will work together answering questions and discussing the wines. I provide notes which might help provide vital clues.

We might try to address questions like:
•Which of the wines seems more ready to drink now?
•Would you guess the winemaker was named John or Jacques?
•Which of these wines is likely to be the most/least expensive?

The object is to work as a team to discern various basic characteristics of wines tasted. Invariably, the element of competition and education combine to ensure truly memorable entertainment. Everybody has an opportunity to contribute.

The Cocktail Party Option
Sometimes time or space constraints require guests to mingle and blind taste at leisure. An introductory talk sets the scene and I am on hand throughout to give tasting tips and hints to questions about the wines being tasted.

Please inquire about fees for these events, as each option is customized to your specific needs.