A New Twist on Wine Pairings

Monday, September 19, 2011 11:26 AM by Kelsey Horne

spark creativity, collaboration + partnership
Attendees are always expecting something new, something unique. Laurie Foster, ?the wine coach,? suggests wine tasting as a way to spice up meetings, provide new team building opportunities and save on your bottom line. Laurie has delivered results-focused events using a fresh approach with wine. 

She suggests searching out local microbreweries and wineries. They're typically willing to provide their services at a significant discount to visiting groups with an interest in gourmet food and drink. In trade for inviting the owners to give a short presentation on their products and taking orders for shipments home, consider a price negotiation. It's okay to ask the venue to waive the corkage fee by explaining your goal: going green, going local and creating partnerships. This will ease your budget and attendees will be delighted to taste local flavors. 


Incorporating wine into your events will help by:
  • Inspiring you to choose a unique venue for an event [local tasting room]
  • Creating a memorable teambuilding experience [wine tasting]
  • Urging you to taste local [experience the region]
  • Adding a personalized touch to any event [unique wine labels for the event make a great take-away gift]
 
Tacoma + Pierce County is home to eight local wineries and five local breweries. Consider using one or more at your next event to spark creativity, collaboration and partnership with your attendees. Give them a taste they're sure to remember by meeting at these fine wine locations:
  • Morso Wine Bar- brings together the best food + wine with Gig Harbor's waterfront ambiance
  • Pastiche a Wine Bar- an old world atmosphere with small plates dining, live music + dancing
  • Vino Aquino- features locally made wines + personalized labels for one-of-a-kind gifts
  • WineS- a local neighborhood wine + gift store
Author: Kelsey Horne

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