Taste of the Vine

Wine tasting, Cheese, Real Ale & Whisky Events   •   20 years, 3460 events, 49 countries

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Where do you stage your events?

A. Anywhere! In company board rooms, speciality venues, conference locations, hotels and restaurants. We regularly work with a selection of venues, although we are often brought to a location of choice.

Q. What type of event does your entertainment suit?

A. We have a range of formats suitable for different groups. We regularly provide entertainment for: client hospitality events, networking, PR occasions, conference activities, corporate fun days, staff motivation evenings and exhibitions.

Q. How do your tastings, shows and challenges run?

A. They are either organised as interactive shows, with guests seated around tables, often tasting in teams to encourage interaction, or we prepare the entertainment to suit a standing reception. They can be staged during an afternoon, pre-dinner, during dinner or after dinner; though rarely at breakfast!

Q. Do you only work in the UK?

A. No. We are often brought in for client and conference events overseas. We simply prepare our formats with drinks and equipment at the location, avoiding equipment transportation charges.

Q. Do venues mind you bringing your own wine?

A. Often they don't. We recommend that all drinking wines come from the venue, so your tasting wines often don't attract corkage. Alternatively, we are happy to use a venue's wine for the event and reduce our fee accordingly. We provide the staff to pour, and the glasses used, so we need not inconvenience the venue.

Q. Do you organise everything for the event, including a venue and catering?

A. Our service is flexible. We are happy to organise the entire event, including all sundry items. Alternatively, if you have preferred locations, caterers and an existing format, we are delighted to provide entertainment only.

Taste of the Vine was founded in 1997 by Pam and Francis Gimblett.

Natives of the South Downs, Pam was a farmer’s daughter and Francis was studying winemaking when they met. Neither was destined to be on a farm or vineyard though, as, after careers in business management and wineries, they started the world’s first tasting company dedicated to entertainment. This allowed the pair to travel, explore taste and bring their findings back to their audiences, as well as write books and and start food-based businesses such as Gimblett Cheese, the couple’s artisan cheesemaking dairy at the company's premises in Haslemere, Surrey.

The material for all the events is drawn from personal experience. That experience the couple, along with Peter, Richard and Taste of the Vine’s other hosts, blend with principles of stand-up comedy and interaction, crafting environments that guarantee the outcome you are looking for at your event.

THE SERVICE

The company is passionate about service. This of course is highly self-serving, as we realise we don't have to spend time chasing new clients if our old ones just keep coming back!

THE EVENT FORMATS

We tailor the event format to ensure success and great feedback for you; whether you are networking, entertaining clients, building teams or engaging the press.

WHERE DO WE HOLD EVENTS?

Where do we do what we do? Everywhere! Wherever you take us or allow us to recommend. Click on venues for some suggestions.

WHAT ARE PEOPLE SAYING ABOUT US?

Are you new to Taste of the Vine? A few unsolicited client comments will assure you that you're in good company and our FAQ section (left) may answer your queries.

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