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How many people know the real difference between a $5 wine and a more expensive wine?

We can all agree that wine is the life of a party. Learn between sips with the staff of The Tipsy Sommelier, owned by Terricinia St Clair who is a Sommelier certificate holder with the United States Sommelier Association.

Terricinia brings her love of wine and creates creative and custom wine tasting events for people who may find the idea of wine education intimidating or pretentious. In 2011, Terricinia introduced her business, The Tipsy Sommelier, to Richmond as a fun, relaxed and interactive wine education and event company.

Several things make The Tipsy Sommelier unique. The Tipsy Sommelier will come to any location and will set up, cater, serve, teach, and clean up so the guests can focus on the laughter. The Tipsy Sommelier offers the largest menu of event types focused around wine including tastings, blind taste tests, classes, winery tours, private date nights, cork crafting parties and painting parties, as well as local celebrity chef wine dinners.

The Tipsy Sommelier features boutique wines that are excellent representations of popular varietals. All events can be customized for any group.

Group Logistics

People interested in booking a wine event have several options to choose from including:

Group Wine Tasting - The Tipsy Sommelier discusses 4 varietals of wines paired with gourmet cheeses, meats and hors d'oeuvres.

Wine Classes & Seminars - Groups can select wine topics such as wine tasting techniques, common varietals and how to pair food with wine. Classes may involve fun blind taste tests at the end.

Wine Etiquette Training - An interactive, hands-on event for corporate groups that teaches how to select wines and order, detect the nuances of different varietals, and understand food and wine pairing.

Virginia Winery Tours - Groups can tour local wineries grouped region with the Tipsy Sommelier. Tours typically include three of the following: New Kent Winery, Saude Creek Vineyards, Williamsburg Winery, James River Winery, Grayhaven Winery, Cooper Vineyards, Keswick Vineyards and Trump Winery. Transportation is included and is determined by the size of the group. Lunch is provided.

Date Night for Two - Couples can book a catered dinner for two in their home, in a park or at local winery. The meal includes salad, appetizer, main course & dessert, each paired perfectly with wine. The Tipsy Sommelier can interact as much as the couple would like. This is perfect for a unique and unforgettable proposal!

Cork Craft Parties - Groups can create an instructor-guided cork craft project such as a wreath, a trivet, a corkboard, coasters, cork balls or anything else. Cork craft parties include a small-plate buffet, wine tasting and music. The Tipsy Sommelier can provide the corks.

Painting Parties - Create an instructor-guided painting to take home while enjoying hors d'oeuvres and sampling wine. Painting and wine events are held in conjunction with A Taste of Art, a company created by the delightful Jacki Harris, the Possibilities Artist. Wine-tasting painting parties include a small-plate buffet, wine tasting, creative painting instruction and music.

Local Celebrity Chef Wine Dinners - Past events have included Todd Butler of Butler's Unique Catering & LaDonte Cooper of Heart & Soul.

An average wine activity is 1.5 to 2 hours depending on group size. Private classes are available with a minimum of 8 guests. Guests must be 21 years of age to purchase or participate in events.

Parties are typically at your location, however, when a location is needed, parties take place at the Brownstone in downtown Richmond which has elegant party rooms catering to large and small groups, from 20 to 200.

Catering is typically provided by Butler's Unique Catering. Catering options for wine parties can include fresh, creative gourmet hors d'oeuvres or multi-course meals.

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Wine tastings start at $25 per person. Wine classes & seminars start at $30 per person. Catered wine parties that include crafting with corks and painting (canvas, wine glass, wine bottles, plates) start at $30 per person. Corporate wine etiquette training starts at $50 per person. Couples date night events start at $125 per couple. Private Virginia winery tours start at $119 per person.

The price varies for wine dinners with local celebrity chefs and for custom wine events.

Date Night Tip

"Looking for an unforgettable date night, perfectly matched to your and your date's favorite wines and cuisine? The Tipsy Sommelier has a lovely date night package that would be perfect for a proposal or other special night." - Mona Jain, dating consultant, River City Romance


"The Tipsy Sommelier experience is incomparable! Terricinia is not offering your typical 'reserved' wine tasting or event – expect an EXPERIENCE!" - Stacy C., SunTrust Bank

"The Tipsy Sommelier is a Richmond treasure! What a grand time! After tasting good wine and learning how to appreciate the nuances, I can honestly say that I am on the road to becoming an intelligent, cultured wine lover." - Franklin W., VCU

"Our company booked a group winery tour with the Tipsy Sommelier which was a beautiful experience and we cannot wait to do it again! Terricinia is fantastic! She isn't just a top notch sommelier, she is also an amazing hostess and event coordinator. She had the whole day seamlessly planned and with an elegant lunch for us midday!" - Shana B., Compass Realty

"The Tipsy Sommelier provides 5-Star Wine events that are a lot of fun. As an avid wine enthusiast, I know that anyone can provide wine to taste, even good wine. But, no one can deliver a presentation of fine wines in the uniquely cheerful spirit, that Terricinia St Clair does! Her events are a must do, and you will definitely want to share the experience with your friends." - Charlotte H.

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