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What is a wine edutainment event?

In not so many words (cause who has time for that?) it is …

wine  +  friends  +  your home/office/clubhouse  +  wine education  +  entertainment  +  your wine expert, Cecilia Barretto!

Photo by Scott Warman on Unsplash

And who is your wine expert, Cecilia Barretto?

Cecilia Barretto is a wine expert, but not the snobby kind. She’s like the wine world’s female version of Anthony Bourdain. She has been drinking, errr studying wine since 2002. Her studies even took her to Burgundy, France for 3 years where she got her Masters in Wine Business (ooh la-la!). She’s half an exam away from the WSET Level 4 Diploma wine certification. She’s had a wine shop, worked in many wine areas (wineries, restaurant sommelier, wine retail manager), and now she owns her own wine edutainment event business in San Antonio, TX. She’s wine cool. And she’ll make you wine cool too.

Cecilia Barretto, Your Personal Sommelier

Let’s talk pricing …

These wine edutainment events don’t need to burn a hole in your money card … unless you want it to (because sometimes you just need to feel like a rock star). 


Wine Edutainment / Event Service Fee  =  $TBD – Based on event needs, starting at $375.

  • The fee includes event service, a guided wine tasting, wine edutainment, and tons of fun with your wine expert, Cecilia. And no need to stress … she’ll help you pick a theme, wine, food pairings, music, lighting, your outfit (ok, maybe not that far). And she’ll bring her fancy wine glasses (you don’t have to wash glasses, yay!).
    *Use of wine glasses is for up to 20 guests (1 glass per guest). Beyond this, extra charges will apply to rent wine glasses or purchase plastic wine glasses. ** Events over 12 guests may require additional support staff, depending on event needs (additional support staff pricing TBD).

Wine Budget  =  Whatever you want to spend on wine! Or use wine you already have!

  • Most events start with a welcome wine, and then 5-6 different wines to taste during the evening. You just need to decide what average bottle price you want to roll with for the party! One bottle per wine is suggested per 10 people.
    *An example of a wine tasting budget for a group of 15 people would be 2 bottles each of 6 wines @ $17.50/btl ($15-20 avg bottle price) = $210 (+tax)

Optional Food Pairing Add-On  =  Whatever you want to spend on food!

  • Food Pairing Options provided by Cecilia:
    • $20/person for charcuterie pairings
    • $25/person for premade light appetizer pairings
  • Heavy Appetizer Pairings, Coursed Dinner Pairings, Events Over 12 Guests:
    • Outsourced to a private chef, catering company, restaurant, etc. Use your favorite, or I am happy to make recommendations.

That’s pretty much the short of it …

But if you are a details person and want more info, click here for the FAQs



Submit a ‘Wine Edutainment Event Request’ Below


Wine Edutainment Event Request

Fill out the info below and Cecilia will contact you within 24-48 hours. Cheers!

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Can you do events outside of San Antonio, TX?

    • Yes! A standard mileage fee will be added based on the event location from the San Antonio city limits. Travel fees will apply for events that require an overnight stay.

How many guests are ideal for a wine edutainment event?

    • For an intimate event, between 10 and 20 people are ideal (including the host(s)), but if you want to plan an event for more people, I’m happy to discuss alternate pricing.

Do I need to know anything about wine?

    • No! These events can be designed for wine beginners, enthusiasts, experts, and any mix of the three!

How long do these events usually last?

    • Including event set-up/clean up, about 2-3 hours. Shorter or longer events can be accommodated (alternate pricing will apply for events longer than 3 hours). 

Do I have to have the wine edutainment event at my house?

    • Wine edutainment events can be held at any private location that DOESN’T have an alcohol/liquor license and ALLOWS wine to be consumed at their location. 
    • For locations that HAVE an alcohol/liquor license, events CAN be held there, but permission from the location’s management/ownership is needed. They might also require you to purchase the wine from them, or charge you a corkage fee to BYOB.

What are some themes for these wine edutainment events?

    • I will help you plan whatever wine theme you want, but here are some examples:
      • Wine 101 – The basics of wine and wine tasting
      • Great vs Not Great – Learning About Food & Wine Pairings
      • A Night in Tuscany : Learn about and taste the wines and foods from this region (or any other wine country/region you want).
      • The Major Red Wines Of The World (or White, Rose, Sparkling, Dessert, Fortified, etc)
      • How To Be A Wine Snob – A comedy (and education) skit on how to be a wine snob

Do you accept additional gratuity?

    • Absolutely! But it is by no means expected. 

Event Deposit Terms:

    • The event deposit is the wine budget (and optional food pairing budget if desired), and is due 2 weeks prior to the event date. The remaining wine edutainment / event service flat fee is due the day of the event.

Event Cancellation Policy:

    • A full DEPOSIT FEE refund is available as long as wines/food have not been purchased. If they’ve been purchased, the deposit fee cannot be refunded, but the wines/food can be picked up by the customer, or delivered for a $50 fee.
    • Events canceled with 2+ week notice: NO SERVICE FEE is due.
    • Events canceled with 1-2 week notice: 50% of SERVICE FEE is due.
    • Events canceled with less than 6 day notice: 100% of SERVICE FEE is due.