Team Building
Food & Wine Pairing Workshop Touring the World to Discover Varietal Personalities
Wine Blending Workshop Wine Receptions
Making Sense of Wine - An Aromatic Workshop Varietal & Appellation Team Building Wine Reception
Advanced Food & Wine Pairing A Taste of California Wine Reception
A Wine Appellation Workshop A Food & Wine Pairing Reception

Affairs of the Vine will create a wine education event especially for you. Affairs of the Vine Workshops, Seminars, Wine Receptions, and Team Building Events will create RARE team and customer alliances. Affairs of the Vine will help you accomplish your goals to enhance Relationships, create Access, activate Response, and experience Empowerment. An Affairs of the Vine Team Building Wine Workshop can unleash the power in your organization. Improve communication, create collaboration, and develop new ways of thinking and interacting as a team, capitalize on the diversity, knowledge, and perspective of each team member, develop strong team loyalty and enhance talent retention. Create an event to be remembered.

Team Building Workshop - Food & Wine Pairing

Affairs of the Vine will present a "Food & Wine Pairing Workshop" for your group. Affairs of the Vine educators will discuss and demonstrate the "secrets" in selecting the perfect wines to complement the flavors of a meal. The flavors so prevalent in today's restaurants featuring "fusion and ethnic" cuisine present a unique challenge in selecting wines. The seminar will be interactive and concentrate on varietal wines. In this workshop, your group will be divided into teams. The teams will taste eight different wines in the company of a variety of flavors and textures. The teams will be presented the challenge of tasting and describing what happens to wines as they are paired with different foods. Each of the participants will discover which wines complement the flavors in food and why. The team members will be asked to note and discuss their observations and experience.

This workshop will enable your group to develop the ability to taste the differences in wine and apply them to food pairing experiences. The attendees will learn to communicate food and wine descriptions and characteristics to others. This experience fosters cooperation, leadership,
team communication, strengthening of interpersonal relationships, and development of mediation, negotiation, and problem-solving skills.

The seminar, at your discretion, may be followed with a luncheon or dinner during which your group may immediately apply the principles they have learned in pairing food and wine.

This workshop is fun and delicious!

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Team Building Workshop - Wine Blending

Affairs of the Vine will present a "Wine Blending Workshop" as a team building effort for your group. In this workshop, your guests will be divided into teams. Each of the teams will be advanced into the ranks of winemakers as they experience firsthand, the joys and frustrations of winemaking. Utilizing selected varietals, each team will reach a consensus on a wine blend that they feel is the best after working as a group through various options. Each member of the team will take home a 375-ml bottle of the wine blend selected by his team with a customized label and signatures by the winemaking team to commemorate the experience.

This workshop will stimulate interaction, sharpen negotiating skills, improve team communication, and foster team cooperation and collaboration while having fun together.

The Wine Blending Workshop will educate your team for life, giving them confident, competent wine knowledge and change the way they view wine and the winemaking experience.

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Team Building Workshop - Making Sense of Wine
An Aromatic Workshop

Affairs of the Vine will present an "Aromatic Team Building Workshop" for your group. In this unique tasting and learning experience, the attendees will discover how to identify the wide range of aromas and flavors that naturally occur in fine wine. As participants, your group will be divided into teams and work with 21 different elements as they explore the characteristics of eight unique wines representing distinctive varietals.

This workshop will enable your group to develop the ability to taste the differences in wine and be able to communicate these characteristics to others. This experience will enhance the ability of your team to work together and assist your team in discovering new ways of thinking and interacting. The workshop fosters cooperation, team communication, leadership, strengthening of interpersonal relationships, and will help your team discover new ways of thinking and interacting as a group.

We promise your group a "sense-ual" and unforgettable experience.

The seminar may, at your discretion, be followed with a luncheon or dinner. Your group will have the opportunity to apply the skills they have learned during the Aromatic Workshop.

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Team Building Workshop - Advanced Food & Wine Pairing

Affairs of the Vine will present an "Advanced Food & Wine Pairing Workshop "for your group. In this workshop, your group will be divided into teams. The teams will be presented the challenge of tasting and describing wines when they are tasted alone and then with four different appetizers. Six international wines will be presented. Affairs of the Vine educators will discuss and demonstrate food and wine pairing guidelines. Your group will have the opportunity to experience the changes in the food and wine with each pairing. Each participant will be asked to note and discuss their observations, indicating excellent, good, fair, and poor pairings. The participants will then be required to compile their observations and present them as a team. This workshop will build on the skills your group has developed in the "Food & Wine Pairing Workshop" and the "Aromatic Workshop" or from previous wine knowledge and experience.

This workshop will enable your group to develop the ability to taste the differences in wine and apply them to food pairing experiences. The attendees will be able to communicate food and wine descriptions and characteristics to others. This experience will help your teams build relationships, capitalize on the diversity, knowledge, and perspective of team members, improve communication, assist in decision making and enhance trust while fostering cooperation.

The workshop, at your discretion, may be followed with a luncheon or dinner during which your staff may immediately apply the principles they have learned in pairing food and wine.

This workshop will take food and wine pairing skills to a new level.

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Team Building - A Wine Appellation Workshop

You might have run across one or several of them but not known about it. You may have been familiar with one for years, but not known it was one of them. You may have driven through a few in your lifetime without knowing you did. We are talking about an appellation. When a vineyard or winery wants to tell you the geographic pedigree of its wine, it uses a tag on its label called an Appellation of Origin. Appellations and the wines that are produced from the appellations are very distinctive.


Affairs ofthe Vine will present "A Wine Appellation Workshop" for your group. Knowledge of wine appellations and the style of wine that derives from the appellation can assist you in choosing the right wine to pair with a menu. In this workshop, your group will be presented the challenge of tasting and describing wines from various appellations and will learn through experience to define the styles of wine from several key appellations. Affairs of the Vine educators will discuss, demonstrate, and distribute materials to aid in defining and identifying appellations. Experiential knowledge and understanding of the characteristics of wine from various appellations will allow your group to expertly choose wines from any wine list that will complement any menu. This workshop is particularly entertaining and effective when team members have had experiences in different wine producing areas and therefore, bring their knowledge to the team.

This workshop will empower your group and assist them in making educated choices when selecting wines from a wine list. The experience will help your teams build relationships, improve communication, assist in decision making and enhance trust while fostering cooperation, and developing mediation, negotiation, and problem-solving skills.

The workshop, at your discretion, may be followed with a luncheon or dinner during which your group may immediately apply the principles they have learned in "A Wine Appellation Workshop."

This workshop will add another level of sophistication and confidence to your group.

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Team Building Workshop - Touring the World to Discover Varietal Personalities


Affairs of the Vine willpresent "Touring the World to Discover Varietal Personalities" for your group. Affairs of the Vine educators will conduct a guided tasting of six to eight examples of a particular wine varietal. These wines will be fromdifferent wine producing areas of the world. The workshop will foster the discovery of the similarities of the wines and help the group to identify and verbalize the common characteristics of the wine varietal. The teams will be presented the challenge of identifying the varietal that they are tasting and, as a team, will be asked to determine where each of the wines was produced.

This workshop will enable your group to develop the ability to identify thesimilarities and differences in wine. The attendees willbe able to recognize the selected varietal in many various styles. This workshop will improve communication and collaboration of your team. Having fun together will help your team enhance their ability to work together.

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Team Building Workshop - Wine Boot Camp
The Ultimate Team Building Experience

Wine Boot Camp

Spectacular wine country can be your training site for Wine Boot Camp. Gather your troops as we challenge their senses, awareness and understanding of fine wines. Wine novices and experts alike will find our program as challenging as it is entertaining. We guarantee that upon completion of our basic training, your team's marksmanship in the field of fine wines will be right on target. This intensive yet highly enjoyable training program will provide your group with the experience and knowledge needed to become totally confident in the understanding and appreciation of fine wine. Business associates and friends will marvel at the leadership of your team as they storm the wine lists of America and the world.

Wine Boot Campmay be customized to fit your goals and scheduling needs. Some of the missions that may be selected include:
  • Aromatic Workshops
  • Winery & Vineyard Tours
  • Vineyard Experience - recruits will learn about the vineyard and have an opportunity to do some "hands-on" work in the vineyard
  • Varietal or Appellation Wine Tastings & Workshops
  • Food & Wine Pairing Workshops
  • Crack the Secret Code of Wine Lists
  • Wine Cellar Experience
  • Wine Blending Experience - become a winemaker and blend your own wine

Wine Boot Camp, an interactive experience can be attended by raw recruitsand wine generals alike. This exclusive Affairs of the Vine program can be customized as a special event or team-building experience. Wine Boot Camp; will enable your group to become totally confident and competent in their understanding of fine wine. This experience will enhance the ability of your team to work together and assist your team in discovering new ways of thinking and interacting. Wine Boot Campfosters cooperation, team communication, leadership, strengthening of interpersonal relationships, and development of mediation, negotiation, and problem-solving skills.

We can provide a Wine Boot Campexperience at any location in the United States or internationally.

Enlist today!!!

Contact: Major Drady camp@affairsofthevine.com 888-844-2688

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Team Building Wine Receptions

Affairs of the Vine will create a Team Building Wine Reception especially for you. Affairs of the Vine Team Building Wine Receptions are the best "Edutainment" available. Affairs of the Vine will help you accomplish your goals to enhance relationships, improve communication, create collaboration, develop new ways of thinking and interacting as a team. Capitalize on the diversity, knowledge, and perspective of each team member, develop strong team loyalty, and enhance talent retention. Create an event that will be remembered. You may choose from the list below, or Affairs of the Vine can customize a wine reception event for you.

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Varietal & Appellation Team Building Wine Reception

Affairs of the Vine will present a "Varietal & Appellation Wine Reception" as part of your event. The Varietal & Appellation Team Building Wine Reception will entertain and educate your guests. Affairs of the Vine will create a customized workshop that will encourage interaction and foster cooperation within the group. The attendees will taste two different wines at each station. The varietals and country of origin or each wine will be concealed. Information on varietal characteristics and appellation characteristics will be provided in an easy to follow written and oral format. The guests will work together to discover the type and appellation for each wine. This Team Building event is fun and delicious!

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A Taste of California Team Building Wine Reception

Affairs of the Vine will present a "A Taste of California Wine Reception" as part of your event that will entertain and educate your guests. We will create a customized workshop that will improve team communication, strengthen interpersonal relationships, and enhance problem-solving skills. The attendees will taste two different wines at each station. The varietals of each wine will be concealed. Information on varietal characteristics will be provided in an easy to follow written and oral format. The guests will work together to discover the type of each wine. This event is especially entertaining when your group includes foreign visitors.

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A Food & Wine Pairing Reception

Affairs of the Vine will present a "Food & Wine Pairing Reception" for your group. Affairs of the Vine educators will discuss and demonstrate the "secrets" in selecting the perfect wines to complement the flavors of a meal. The seminar will be interactive and concentrate on varietal wines. In this workshop, your group will be divided into teams. The attendees will taste eight different wines in the company of a variety of flavors and textures. The teams will be presented the challenge of tasting and describing what happens to wines as they are paired with different foods. The team will then be asked to design a menu that will complement the wines presented.