Passport to the Wines of the World - Reception

Use Eddie to custom design an international wine tasting reception to "kick-off" your meeting. This can be either a pre-dinner wine and light food reception, or it can replace dinner if done with more substantial hors d'oeuvres.

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Participants will be issued Passports that direct them to various stations that feature delicious wines and appetizer combinations from the most famous wine producing regions of the world. Eddie will work with your chef to create these unique food and wine combinations. These can include selections from France, Italy, Spain and Germany, to New Zealand, Australia, Argentina and Chile as well as the United States.

Meet America's 1st Master Sommelier! Eddie will be on hand to answer one-on-one questions. This wine tasting reception causes people to move around the room. This creates a good opportunity for networking and building rapport amongst attendees. Often people feel uncomfortable at these receptions, feeling that they have to make some idle "chit-chat".

Eddie selects unique food-wines, strategically chosen to enhance the hors d'oeuvres, which offers them something to talk about. People never bring pens and paper to events, and therefore never remember what specific vintages or precise food and wine pairings they experience. The Passport they are issued delineates all of the food and wine of the evening, and thus serves as a useful and informative souvenir of your event.

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