WINE TASTING AND EDUCATION
Italian-trained wine sommelier brings an engaging and approachable method of wine education for small or large (corporate) groups including restaurant staff. Learn the art and science of wine pairing at home or at a location of your choosing.
Create a one-of-a-kind wine experience in your home or office, or choose from a number of our partner locations in New York City.
DiVino founder, Annie B. Shapero is a certified sommelier with eight years of experience in Italy and another eight years here, where she has worked in nearly every aspect of the wine and hospitality industry. Annie understands that not everyone feels equipped to talk about wine. Unlike in much of the western world, wine can feel like a member’s only club in the United States, in New York City especially.
Our goal is to change that. Wine should be exciting, thought-provoking and delicious, not intimidating!
DiVino offers wine-tasting classes for every level. In fact, our most popular class option includes a wine-tasting and food-pairing basics element. We start at the very beginning and help your build your scent and flavor vocabulary. Because no one is born with an expert palate or a perfect nose, we’ll help you discover wine notes like strawberry preserves or black pepper by smelling and sampling the real thing.
For those who already have a strong understanding of specific wines and wine regions and would like to learn more, we will customize your wine-tasting experience to accommodate your interests, and of course, your budget. We’re resourceful and can likely track down a rare vintage or garagiste production.
CREATE A CLASSROOM ENVIRONMENT OR KEEP IT CASUAL
DiVino wine tasting events can be as formal or as fun as you want it to be.
We have organized and executed large-scale wine seminars for an Italian cultural center complete with course materials, as well as walk-around tastings for corporate enrichment events. We’ve entertained best friends for a rosé-scented birthday party and even customized a class for a couple seeking an introduction to fine wine prior to a romantic dinner out.
THE PROCESS IS SIMPLE.
DiVino will meet with you or speak by phone for a complimentary consultation to determine:
- What style of event you have in mind
- How many people will be there
- What kind of wines you’re interested in tasting
- How much you’d like to spend
- Your location and all necessary supplies
We will then send you a proposal, and based on your input we’ll set a date.
We think of everything from the selection and purchasing of wine and food to glassware and other equipment rental if needed. We design custom tasting notes and menus too. We are also more than happy to collaborate with your chosen purveyors and designers to create something you will be proud to present to your guests.
MAKE EVERY DETAIL YOURS.
We believe that your event should be as unique as you and your guests are. It is our job to get you talking, tasting and learning something new. We do our best to leave you more curious and confident about wine than we found you.
Your initial consultation is FREE. Get in touch below.