LET US ADD THE SPARKLE
Davis & White is Queensland’s leading wine events company. Bar or boardroom, intimate gathering or large reception, we can add the sparkle to your next event to make it something truly unforgettable.
SETTING THE TONE
Why Wine Tasting?
Introducing a wine tasting to an event is a great way to create a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere, spark a bit of excitement and make it memorable.
Your guests will immediately feel at ease, have a bit of fun, and learn as little or as much as they would like about wine whilst still taking on board the key messages of the event. The tasting can be a focus or a filler, centre-stage or background. It's your event and you tell us what you need - we understand that we are not the main reason you are there.
Wine tasting is a hassle-free addition to any event - we can bring a tasting to you, or help organise a venue, and ensure all elements are tailored to your budget. All you need to do is relax in the knowledge that everything is taken care of and look forward to enjoying some beautiful wines.
Davis & White takes any event to the next level. Over more than 10 years they have hosted a variety of events for our business, including EOFY celebrations, champagne-themed client networking functions, and team-building events. Darren’s style of presentation means he adds fun and engagement without distracting from the main purpose of your event.
Most importantly, I am always confident that if they have picked the wine, it’s going to be good.
HOSTING A TASTING
What are the Options?
There is no one size fits all approach to wine tasting - every event we run is tailored specifically to our clients. However to give you a flavour, here are some of our most popular formats, which should provide a starting point for planning your own event:
Hosted by either Darren or Amy, this is an entertaining tutored tasting of 6 boutique wines with your choice of theme, tailored to your guests.
A more relaxed style where we take a background role and provide drinks/tastings on demand for guests from behind a bar station.
LONG LUNCH TASTING
Enjoy a delicious three-course lunch in the private room of a fine dining restaurant, with a hosted tasting of 6 matched wines.
Suited to: Networking events, client entertaining, team-building and parties with wine tasting as the feature of the event.
Venue: Boardroom or private event space
Duration: Approx. 90 minutes
Guest numbers: 15-60
Budget: Standard to Premium
Suited to: Events with an important primary focus, with wine tasting/drinks a secondary activity to increase guest engagement.
Venue: Boardroom or private event space
Duration: As required (min. 2 hours)
Guest numbers: 30+
Suited to: Premium, intimate corporate or personal entertaining. This format is a private version of our own well-loved long lunches.
Duration: Approx. 2.5 hours
Guest numbers: 10-30
NEW: The MasterWined tasting
Wine tasting meets pub quiz in this fun and fast-paced format. A team-based event, featuring a tasting of 6 wines, wine-themed quiz and delicious shared food platters. This is a sit-down format perfect for team-building events and group get-togethers.
What else do we Offer?
Cheese & Charcuterie
When you are going to the effort to host an exceptional wine tasting, you need the right accompaniments. Talk to us about putting together spectacular cheese and charcuterie platters to take your tasting to the next level. For the more adventurous we can even organise a caviar tasting.
Go beyond wine with our exciting spirits tastings. Favourite themes include a Tour of Islay, or our Gin & Tonic masterclass, where guests can mix and match different styles of gins, tonics and garnishes to create their ultimate G&T. While whisky and gin are perennial favourites, there are no limits.
Champagne & Sparkling Tastings
Our Champagne and Sparkling tastings are always a popular option, particularly when there's something to celebrate! From the big houses to boutique growers, we also love going beyond the Champagne region to investigate the wider world of premium sparkling wine.
If you are looking to go the extra mile with your guests, why not have them take home a memento of the occasion with a beautiful bottle of wine? We can organise wine gifts to fit any budget and can even have them delivered to your guests if taking them home on the night is not possible.
READY TO BOOK?
Talk to us Now
We cannot wait to chat to you about putting your event together. Once you have your date, venue and approximate guest numbers in mind please do not hesitate to get in touch. Please also check out the FAQ section below for answers to common questions about our tastings.
NEED MORE INFORMATION?
Your Questions, Answered
When do you need my final guest numbers?
We will need approximate numbers when you make the booking. Final numbers must be confirmed a minimum of 48 hours before the event and you will be charged based on those numbers.
How long does the tasting last?
A tasting of 6 wines should usually take around 90 minutes, but we allow 2 hours. Should you require more time than this please provide us with an indicative run sheet - an hourly rate will apply after 2 hours.
Do we need other drinks? Who provides them?
We can advise you on this. You may like to consider extra drinks on arrival (bubbles and beer are usually good options!), and possibly have some extra wine on hand for those who like a bit extra or who don't want to participate in the tasting. We are happy to quote to provide additional drinks, otherwise you are welcome to organise these yourselves.
What if there are non-drinkers in the group?
We encourage you to consider the needs of your group and ensure these are catered for. We always recommend having plenty of water on hand, but if there are a few non-drinkers and/or designated drivers you may like to consider some other soft drink and low alcohol options. We can quote to provide these if needed.
Should we be providing food during the tasting?
Wine was always meant to be consumed with food. It's not a pre-requisite but we always recommend having food available during our tastings - it will keep your guests happier and more engaged. We are happy to quote on beautiful cheeese and charcuterie platters or you are welcome to organise your own (we are also happy to work together with your preferred caterers).
I don't have a venue - what are my options?
We can help you to source a suitable venue for your event, be it a restaurant, bar or other event space. Please note that events held at third party venues will incur extra costs as any minimum spends/corkage charges need to be factored in.
Can you host events beyond Brisbane?
The short answer is YES! We regularly run tasting series interstate, and even internationally on occasion. We can even organise multiple events to take place in different locations at the same time. Talk to us about what you have in mind and we can help you to put things together.