kelly magyarics

washington, d.c.-based wine, spirits & lifestyle writer / wine educator

703.203.9463

These are Kelly's  most popular wine tasting events. She is also happy to work with you to create a customized wine tasting event that reflects your personal style and taste.

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Interactive Wine Tasting An educational, interactive wine-tasting event, and a popular option for a get-together with friends, a wedding shower, engagement party or birthday party, or a corporate event. Select a sample theme from below, or work with Kelly to create your own customized event. The Interactive Wine Tasting includes:

  • Guided wine tasting
  • Research and preparation time
  • Handouts (Information about the wines; food pairing tips; tasting notes)
  • Use of all equipment (wine glasses, pour out buckets, corkscrews, non-drip pourers, etc.)
  • Food pairing suggestions for the event
  • Set up, clean up and travel time

Reception-Style Wine Tasting A wine tasting event perfect for a cocktail party or other gathering where the focus is on socializing, along with a bit of wine education! Kelly will speak for 15-20 minutes at the beginning of your event, and will then be available to pour wine samples, answer individual questions, and provide information and suggestions. Select a sample theme from below, or work with Kelly to create your own customized event. The Reception-Style Wine Tasting includes:

  • Wine tasting and discussion
  • Takeaway sheet on a wine-related subject for all guests
  • Set up, clean up and travel time
  • Use of all equipment (wine glasses, pour out buckets, corkscrews, non-drip pourers, etc.)
  • Food pairing suggestions for the event

Sample themes:

Down Under Wines: A tasting of the most popular varietals from Australia and New Zealand, including Shiraz, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

Break Open the Bubbly: A truly fun tasting! We'll try Champagne, as well as other bubblies such as Spanish Cava, Italian Prosecco, and California sparkling wine.

Dream Destination Wines: Perfect for a wedding shower, engagement party or anniversary party, this wine tasting focuses on wines that hail from regions and countries that are special to the happy couple. We'll taste wines from places that they have visited together, or hope to visit together, someday.

Great Wines Under $10: One of the most exciting things for a wine lover is to find a "cheap" bottle of wine that tastes anything but. We'll taste wines that offer tremendous value (and flavor) for the money.

On the Light Side: Looking for wines for warmer weather? Or just prefer lighter wines? We'll taste wines like Vinho Verde, Muscadet, Beaujolais, and Dolcetto.

Big Reds: Not for the faint of heart! This tasting focuses on some of the world's biggest red wines, including Zinfandel, Barolo, and Syrah.

South American Sips: Chile and Argentina are hot wine regions. Taste some of the country's signature varietals, including Argentinean Malbec and Torrontes, and Chilean Chardonny and Carmeniere.

Perfume in a Glass: Aromatic wines are elegant, complex and delicious. We'll try aromatic white varietals like Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Sauvignon Blanc, and Viognier.

Wine and Chocolate: Bring your sweet tooth. From white chocolate with Moscati d'Asti, to nut filled chocolate with Tawny Port, this decadent tasting explores the world of pairing sweeter style wines with chocolate confections.

Wine and Junk Food: A unique tasting option for game day, or for a casual party. Once you try matches like sparkling wine with potato chips and cheese curls with Rioja, you'll agree that wine and junk food can work together