Top 5 Wine Event Companies: America

Mary Gownley & Danielle Wojnicki

It certainly does appear that wine is having its moment.

Despite being a consumable beverage since 6000 BC, it seems that only recently people have started to jump on the vino bandwagon.

With all this wine-hype, wine event companies all over the country are popping up – promising tasting tips and wine wisdom.

However, not all of these companies are reputable.

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To help vino lovers discover the best of the best, we have compiled a list of the Top Five Wine Event Companies in America. With a high level of knowledge and ability to provide a quality event; the companies listed below are sure to satisfy the newest wine devotees to the seasoned pros.

Top 5 Wine Event Companies in America

# 1

Wine Event Companies- Karen MacNeil & Company
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When it comes to wine, Karen MacNeil knows a thing or two. As the only American to win “every major wine award given in the English language” (including the James Beard award for Wine and Spirits Professional of the Year), MacNeil is a globally renowned wine presenter, former Wine Correspondent on the Today Show, and founder of the Rudd Center for Professional Wine Studies at the Culinary Institute of America in the Napa Valley.

To share her expertise to the masses (read: Fortune 500 Companies), MacNeil founded Karen MacNeil & Company to execute corporate wine events. Offering services such as; tasting seminars, wine dinners, and wine region experiences; Karen MacNeil & Company has worked with numerous high profile clients, including The Wine Institute, Disney, Godiva and General Electric. “Karen brought the pleasure of wine tasting to a whole new level,” stated Charlene Begley, President and CEO of GE Enterprise Solutions. Karen MacNeil & Company also occasionally offer classes to the public and media.  Jo Diaz, who attended a media event held for wine writers, was also impressed with MacNeil; “She – is- fascinating. (MacNeil) and her knowledge can hold an audience spellbound, as she shares all she knows about wine”

Karen MacNeil & Company


Location: Nation-wide


Company Standout: “How Wine Pros Do It—The Inside Sensory Secrets to Wine Tasting” – A seminar that teaches insider sensory skills it took MacNeil 5 years to hone.


Oh, she also wrote a little book called The Wine Bible; which holds the title of being the best-selling wine book in the US. So, in actuality, Karen MacNeil knows A LOT about wine. 


Top 5 Wine Event Companies in America

# 2

Wine Event Companies - WineLA
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Noted as City of Angel’s premier destination for all things vino; WineLA has a unique origin story.  In 1995, Ian Blackburn, a wine professional, launched  www.learnaboutwine.com; which has the unique distinction of being the first website dedicated to wine education. Fast forward twenty years, Blackburn was able to launch phase two of his goal of providing Angelenos access to superlative wine education by opening the doors of WineLA.

As a brick and mortar business, WineLA allows Blackburn to provide “wine education and entertainment” face-to-face. The company hosts a multitude of educational classes every year and boasts a robust event department that allows both corporations and the general public to hire out for private tastings, either held at WineLA headquarters or a location of choice. Blackburn, who is currently a 2nd year Master of Wine student, proves to be an excellent source of information according to numerous 5-star Yelp reviews. “All of my experiences have been positive – and the education and camaraderie have been a wonderful addition to my studies within this field,” stated one Yelp Reviewer. “I would suggest his services to anyone wishing to further their breadth and depth of knowledge”

WineLA


Location: Los Angeles, CA


Company Standout: “Wine Camp” –  A two-hour introduction to wine – detailing wine-making, tasting and serving techniques, how to read labels, and more! Regarded as LA’s number one wine class, Wine Camp has over 100,000 students attended since its conception.


Covid 19 Update: For the moment, all events are limited to their Zoom into Wine activities. As stated on their website, WineLA plans to “…come back slowly and carefully at the new wineLA Academy!”


Top 5 Wine Event Companies in America

# 3

Wine Event Companies- WineO Club
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New York wine connoisseurs are spoiled for choice, which may make it difficult for a company such as WineO to stand out. However, being the best reviewed wine event company in the city can help. Offering in-depth classes and top-notch events in their spacious Midtown locale has proven successful with New Yorkers and tourists alike!

It isn’t just the general public who are flocking to WineO. Their corporate events, which provide a unique team-building experience for companies to learn about wine in an unpretentious environment, have attracted the likes of Twitter, Merrill Lynch, and Macy’s; to name a few. Alumni and Private Party events are also offered with the choice of sit-down or station set-up; all in a fun and interactive learning environment. As a bonus, WineO also provides a personalized subscription service, delivering 3 to 4 wines from wineries and premium stores to members each month. What better way to retain your newfound wine knowledge than practicing at home?

WineO Club


Location: New York City


Company Standout: “Wine SROB” – a tasting event that features Sparkling, Rosé, Orange and Blue (Blanc de Bleu Sparkling) wine, offering attendees the chance to try something new.


Covid 19 Update: “All WineO events have been postponed until further notice. Once we get a better idea of the situation, we will let everyone know and reschedule dates.”- From WineO Website


Top 5 Wine Event Companies in America

# 4

Wine Event Companies- The Sommelier Company
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According to their website, “The Sommelier Company is America’s #1 Commercial Resource for Wine Expertise”. While that may seem like a lofty claim to make; with offices all over the globe staffed with 350 advanced Wine and Spirit professionals, it does not ring untrue. Living up to their namesake, The Sommelier Company has a network of top-notch Sommeliers at their disposal- providing team building, wine excursions, private tastings consulting, rare wine sourcing, or reviewing wines; they can do it all!


The Sommelier Company has been named the leading Wine & Spirit firm by numerous publications, including the Wall Street Journal and Business Insider. 


To ensure all of their Wine Professionals are up to industry standards, they only hire the best – pulling from such esteemed institutions such as the Society of Wine Educators, Wine and Spirits Education, and of course, the Court of Master Sommeliers. In doing so, they yield a wide-range of clients;  Fortune 500 companies, wine trade organizations, and wine collectors all seek their knowledge. 

The Sommelier Company


Location: Worldwide


Company Standout: “Focused Wine, Beer & Spirits Seminars” – The Sommelier Company provides hands-on learning with tasting methodology 


Covid 19 Update: “Planning a tasting event, but worried that the coronavirus could force you to cancel?
You can book here with confidence: We offer a free postpone option for new live event bookings. Virtual wine & whiskey tasting sessions are also available. Contact us to assess our online/remote event and seminar options!”


Top 5 Wine Event Companies in America

# 5

Wine Event Companies- The Wine School of Philadelphia

The Wine School of Philadelphia Events create an atmosphere that is both fun and educational regardless of class size.  Each event is tailored to your specific needs. Whether it be a private in-home tasting for friends and family or an in-office networking event for employees and/or clients, you can be sure your event will be one to remember and will keep people talking for months to come.  


Voted Best of Philly and named Top Wine School in America!


The events at the Wine School aren’t limited to wine alone. Whiskey, beer, food pairing, and craft cocktail events are all offered, providing attendees with a wide breadth of libatious knowledge. Key-note speaker and seminar events are right up their sleeve – “When you hire the Wine School, you are hiring the top echelon of wine industry insiders and personalities”. The Wine School Events team takes pride in making sure everyone from the novice to the expert is not only learning on their own appropriate level, but also having fun at the same time.  They leave the wine snob business at the door and love guests who do the same! 

The Wine School of Philadelphia


Location: Philadelphia, PA


Company Standout: “Sommelier Secrets”  – An event that teaches you how to Speak, Sip and Shop like a wine pro.


Covid 19 Update: With the school closed due to Covid-19, they are now offering hour-long online classes for only $10 per person!


“The Wine School created the perfect event: creatively exciting and accessible to everyone,” stated Ikea National Headquarters.

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