The cost includes pre-event consultation, professionally curated wine selections, cheese pairing recommendations, event tasting note preparation and the use of wine glasses (including washing/sanitizing and polishing). The tasting is approximately two hours long, where you and your guests explore a variety of wines.
Wine and food are not included in the cost. I'll work with you to select the wines that you'll purchase for the tasting. I can also provide you with cheese pairing recommendations, and you can select and purchase the cheese from a location of your choice. Takeaway Gourmet is my preferred cheese shop, and Saltine Bakery is my preferred supplier of baguettes. For an extra fee, I can provide individual cheese plates that are paired with the wines.
I'll meet you at the Grasslands location of Willow Park Wines & Spirits or Southland Sobeys Liquor to select the wines. You pay for the wines and take them with you. This service is included in the cost of the event. I can also provide you with a list of wines to purchase from the location of your choice. Wine availability can be inconsistent - especially with special-order products. If you purchase the wines on your own, I'll need to know the exact wines you purchase about one week in advance (including the vintage) so I can prepare the tasting notes for the event.
Unfortunately, I'm not able to purchase the wines and bring them to the tasting because doing so requires an expensive annual permit.
Wine prices vary greatly, so the cost depends on your budget and taste preferences. I typically choose wines in the $15 to $30 range because great wine doesn't need to break the bank.
I'll curate the wine selections based on your budget and preferences. Whether it's a tasting focused on a certain grape varietal or a specific wine region, I'll personalize the wine selections for you and your guests.
Guests sample a 1-1/2 to 2 oz. pour of four or five different wines, which is the standard pour size for a professional tasting experience.
For 12 or fewer guests, you'll need one 750 ml bottle of each wine.
The tasting experience includes a maximum of five different wines. This is the industry standard for a professional tasting to ensure a safe, responsible and educational experience for all. Regardless of the number of wines served, the host assumes all responsibility for ensuring participants are not consuming to the point of intoxication.
The event host and/or guests pay for full 750 ml bottles of wine, and the host is responsible for ensuring those participating in the tasting consume responsibly. The tasting experience includes 1-1/2 to 2 oz. pours of four or five different wines regardless of the number of guests taking part in the tasting (i.e., the pour size doesn't increase if there are fewer guests). If the host and/or guests choose to consume any wine remaining after the tasting experience, they do so at their own discretion, and they assume all responsibility for over consumption.
A $100 non-refundable deposit is required at the time of booking. If you cancel the tasting, I retain all or part of the deposit at my discretion. If your guests are contributing to the cost of the tasting and the wine, you may want to have them pay you in advance to encourage their participation and deter last-minute cancellations.
I follow a flat-rate fee structure of $200 for up to six participants. For additional participants, the fee is $25 per person. Contact me for a quote if your event will have more than 12 participants.
I typically use one sparkling wine flute, one white wine glass and one red wine glass for each participant, depending on the wines selected. Glasses are washed/sanitized and polished before each use. If you choose to use your own wine glasses, I will reduce the fee according to the time spent washing, polishing and transporting the glasses. Contact me for more information.
An additional charge applies for locations outside of Regina city limits. Contact me for more details.
The event host will be required to sign a waiver that acknowledges they assume all responsibility for participants' safety. The host will ensure all guests have a safe ride home if the amount of alcohol served may result in guests' blood alcohol content exceeding legally permissible levels.
You don't need a liquor permit for an event held at your home, in a private location or at a commercially permitted establishment like a restaurant (as long as you serve wines from the establishment). A special occasion liquor permit is required under any other circumstance. Visit the Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority website for details. Event hosts are responsible for securing any required permits.