We are happy to host private tastings in our tasting room, a setting as unique and authentic as our wines. We can comfortably accommodate up to 20 people, so that is our maximum capacity for guests. The minimum number of guests for a private tasting is 6.
During our regular hour tastings on weekends (Saturday & Sunday 12-6 pm), we do not charge a tasting fee if the guest buys 3 or more bottles of wine. We take a similar approach with private tastings. As long as guests buy at least this minimum amount of wine, they will only pay for the wine, not the private use of our facility.
It works this way: If there are 10 to 20 people tasting, we require a minimum commitment of $25 per person. If the number of people tasting is between 6 and 9, then the minimum commitment per person is $50. Either way, assuming the average wine purchase is 3 bottles per person, the minimum commitment per person will not matter as guests will be paying only for the wine and, again, not the private use of our facility.
Take this example: 15 people want a private tasting of 6 wines on a Thursday at 5 p.m. It takes two bottles of each wine to serve the group. So, that is a purchase of 12 bottles for the tasting, and the $25 minimum commitment is already waived for 4 people. After the tasting, if the group buys a total of 33 bottles to take with them, roughly two bottles per guest, they wind up paying only for the wine tasted and later purchased. The use of our facility privately is free in that case.
Take this additional example: 8 people want a private tasting of 6 wines Saturday night at 6 p.m. (after our regular hours). It takes one bottle of each wine to serve the group. So, just purchasing 6 bottles for the tasting waives the $50 minimum commitment for 2 people. If the group buys a total of 18 bottles of wine to take with them, then again, there is no charge for the private use of our tasting room. They are only paying for the wine.
Private tasting groups are encouraged to bring bread, cheese, charcuterie or whatever food parings they like as we do not furnish it. We are happy to suggest what might go well with the wines being served. Groups will have to provide their own plates, napkins, etc. and will be responsible for taking with them whatever they brought, including any trash items.
Those wishing to organize a private tasting can contact the tasting room at 830-899-2723.