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  • In-Person Private Tasting With Me!

    Your tasting fee gets you: 1. A 1.5 hour sommelier led tasting with me, Sam at a location of your choosing. (Must be local to the Phoenix Area) 2. A custom curated wine list for either your preferred shop and budget, or through my partnered wine shop. 3. I bring the glassware and tasting materials with me, a complimentary bottle of sparkling wine and a saber tutorial. Please Note: Wine is not included in this tasting fee. Tasting fee is non refundable & by submitting payment you agree to these terms. If you need to cancel or reschedule you can use this as a credit to a future tasting in the same year that you booked it for. Must be applied to an in-person tasting you booked for.

  • Virtual Tasting Weekend Slot

    Your tasting fee gets you: 1. A 1 hour sommelier led tasting with me, Sam. 2. A custom curated wine list for your preferred shop and budget. 3. A custom food and wine pairing guide, professional wine tasting grids, wine tasting mats, and a wine 101 guide. Life time access to everything to download and print. Please Note: Wine is not included in this tasting fee. Tasting fee is non refundable & by submitting payment you agree to these terms. If you need to cancel or reschedule you can use this as a credit to a future tasting in the same year that you booked it for. Must be applied to a the virtual or in person tasting you booked for.

  • Virtual Tasting Week Day Slot

    Your tasting fee gets you: 1. A 1 hour sommelier led tasting with me, Sam. 2. A custom curated wine list for your preferred shop and budget. 3. A custom food and wine pairing guide, professional wine tasting grids, wine tasting mats, and a wine 101 guide. Life time access to everything to download and print. Please Note: Wine is not included in this tasting fee. Tasting fee is non refundable & by submitting payment you agree to these terms. If you need to cancel or reschedule you can use this as a credit to a future tasting in the same year that you booked it for. Must be applied to a the virtual or in person tasting you booked for.

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  • 7 Tips for Perfectly Matching Wine and Food!

    Matching food and wine in harmony can be done in two very different ways. We either create balance by matching a wine that shares similar flavor characteristics with the food (called congruent pairing) or we we achieve balance by choosing a wine that has contrasting flavors or compounds. But, how do you know which flavor profiles to look out for? What about things like tannin and acidity, how do they factor into wine pairing? Don’t worry! I explain how you can identify great prospective pairings and how you can start getting creative with your own pairing ideas. 1. Understand Food Flavor Profiles To keep things relatively straight forward, we can break down food flavor into six distinct categories. These serve as the base for our wine pairing. Sweet - sweetness is especially important when pairing desserts. A general rule is the wine needs to be sweeter than the food. Otherwise, the wine wil be overwhelmed by the food. Sweet food also tends to amplify bitterness in wine so you wan to avoid pairing wines that have medium to high tannins with sweet food. Salt - acidic wines generally do well with salty foods. Sparkling wines are also a great pairing. Acid - acidity is a common component in wine so congruent pairings are easy to make. The general rule is that the acidity of the wine should at least match the acidity level of the food or the wine will seem flat. Fat - contrasting pairings are the only option with fatty foods as fat isn’t something that’s found in wine. Acidity and high alcohol go well with fatty food. Tannin also does well with fat so red wines are your friend here. Spice - it really depends on the style of cooking with spicy food but generally something slightly sweet and light bodied does well. Bitter - congruent pairings are off the menu here as we don’t want to amplify bitterness. Therefore, contrasting pairings are what we need. Acidity and sweetness both do well with bitter food. 2. Understand How Food Flavor Profiles Relate to Wine In order to achieve balance by amplifying or contrasting flavor components in food, we need to know how they relate to wine. We can discount fat, salt, and spice striaght away as they don’t exist in wine (at least none that I’ve tried!). However, bitter, acid and sweet are tastes that are common in wine. Acidity is common across the spectrum of wine but it’s generally more common in white, sparkling, and rosé wine. You’ll also find it in reds. Bitterness is linked to tannin content which makes it a flavor profile only found in red wine. The sweetest wines tend to be the lower ABV wines that contain more residual sugar. You’ve also got dessert wines. A good rule of thumb with sweetness is to go by alcohol content. Generally speaking, wines get drier with higher ABV (though this isn’t a full-proof rule!). 3. Get Down to Basics Now, the problem here is that food can rarely just be simplified down to one flavor category. For example, my favorite food is Thai and there’s a lot going on in most Thai dishes! Therefore, we should start by identifying the two dominant flavors and base our pairing on these. Once you become more experienced you can expand your range. You’ll find some foods (like Thai) need to match in 4 or 5 flavor categories and that’s a hard thing to do. 4. Consider the Richness The richness of food is something that needs to be considered too. Richness is generally linked to fat but not always. The rule here is to match light food with light-bodied wine and rich food with full-bodied wines. Lighter foods like fish are great with more delicate wines. Rich red meat just loves full-bodied Shiraz. 5. It’s All About the Sauce Generally speaking, it’s best to pair with the sauce (this is especially true with rich, heavy sauces). Unless you’re an excellent cook that’s able to make a sauce that lets the meat shine that is. The sauce is usually the dominant flavor on a dish and it’s the easiest component to pair. Match something like a delicate citrus sauce on fish with a crisp Sauvignon Blanc. 6. If You’re Stuck, Stick with Colors If you just can’t settle on a pairing, there are a few basic rules that never fail. White meat = white wine - the acidity of white wine does really well with delicate, white meats like fish and chicken. Red meat = red wine - tannin found in red wines has the ability to soften meat and fat found in red meats like steak. 7. Try More Wine The range of different wine available to buy these days is jawdropping. As more grape varietals become popular and winemkaing techniques evolve, so too do our wine pairing options. The best thing you can do to improve your wine and food pairing is to expand your wine knowledge by having more flavor profiles in the memory bank. Two blossoming wine regions in 2022 are China and England. Have you tasted an English Pinot Noir or a Chinese Cabernet Sauvignon?

  • Napa's BEST Wineries! Where to Visit on Your Next Trip To Napa!

    Okay, so let's just be honest- I know how daunting it can feel when planning your very first trip to Napa Valley. Maybe you have even been there a couple times and are still stuck going to the same places... Well I have a perfect Napa Valley guide for you that is guaranteed to make your time in Napa the best yet! This July, I took two groups of my amazing wine club members with me to hit all the best wineries across Napa Valley. Here is a break down of the wineries we visited, where we stayed, what we ate, and how much we enjoyed the overall experience! Each one of these wineries would make a fantastic stop on your next visit to Napa Valley! BUT--before I dive into the wineries, here are three big tips you will want to remember when planning your Napa trip!! Tip # 1 Group Size This year we split up the week and had two different groups! This was super important as Napa is packed with a ton of wineries but not all of them have the space to host over 8 people. So tip #1: keep your group small! 6-8 people is perfect! This will allow for a more intimate experience and you'll be able to ask more questions & cover more ground! Tip #2 Where Should You Stay You have a few great options for lodging in Napa Valley & the surrounding areas, so definitely take a look around at those hotels! We stayed at two different hotels that I highly recommend. The first was: The Victorian House at Dr. Wilkinson's Resort! We stayed in bunk beds making it super intimate and unique! The second was one of the NICEST Best Westerns I have ever seen, the Best Western Plus Stevenson Manor located conveniently in downtown Calistoga. Either of these places would be perfect for your Napa Valley Wine Tasting! Tip #3 Hire a Car Service! We all know why you are in Napa, so bottoms up & don't drink & drive! We booked a driver for both trips and it was 100% worth it! No one wants to be the DD and no one should have to be 🤪! We booked ours through Ram Country Wine Tours, & they were truly amazing! Super friendly, punctual and the Mercedes Sprinter van was Comfortable & clean with great AC! If you are traveling with less than 4 people, I highly recommend hitting up my friends with North Bay Wine Tours! You will feel so classy riding around Napa Valley in their Tesla! Okay so now for the super fun part! The WINERIES! They are in alphabetical order not order of preference (Cause we LOVE them ALL!!) 1. Brasswood Cellars Location: 3111 St. Helena Hwy, St Helena, CA 94574 Cost: $65+ Hours: Open Daily from 11:30-9PM Reservation required?: Yes To Visit & Make a Reservation: Brasswood Experiences My Wine Rec: Their Sauvignon Blanc Brasswood Cellars Winery has a ton of great varietals, and I would honestly recommend any one of their wines to you, but on a nice California sunny day who doesn't want a wine with the aromas of mandarin & honeysuckle, beautifully followed up with a citrusy and bright taste?! Give me all the Brasswood Sauvvy B!!! More: On top of all the epic wine we had, they also have an incredible mozzarella dish that they are known for! A perfect pairing with their wines. You will need to make a reservation before hand and can do so online. Tastings start at $65 and they ask that you allow 90 minutes to fully experience the beauty of Brasswood Cellars! 2. Cakebread Location: 8300 St Helena Hwy, Rutherford, CA 94573 Cost: $50+ Hours: 10am-4:30pm Reservation required?: Yes To Visit & Make a Reservation: Cakebread Experiences My Wine Rec: Their Chardonnay We LOVE Cakebread!! Their Chardonnay was definitely a crowd pleaser and I couldn't recommend it more. It is packed with floral aromas, fresh citrus, orange blossom and white peach. It is a weighted wine but also super balanced and leaved a clean, mineral finish! More: We had such a great time visiting Cakebread Cellars while in Napa! We got the full tour at Cakebread, it was breathtaking and left with an even greater appreciation for this iconic brand! You definitely want to make a reservation beforehand and can book a walking tour of the property starting at $50 per person. They also offer seated tours & pairings as well! 3. Frank Family Location: 1091 Larkmead Lane Calistoga, CA 94515 Cost: $60+ Hours: 10am-5:00pm Reservation required?: Yes To Visit & Make a Reservation: Frank Family Website My Wine Rec: Brut Rosé When I had this Brut Rose in Napa it seriously impressed me. Frank Family makes a fantastic variety of wines but this one truly stood out. Here are some notes from the winery themselves; "Frank Family’s 2015 Brut Rosé proves that fruitiness and sophistication are in no way mutually exclusive. It is impeccably balanced with a creamy, mouth filling mousse and a lengthy, layered finish, and, even though it is drinking beautifully at the moment, it is so alive and energetic that it is a sure bet to provide lovely drinking for years yet to come." I strongly recommend porch pounding this one slowly & enjoy it with your favorite cheese & cracker pairing. More: Frank Family Vineyards was founded in 1992 by former Disney Studios President, Rich Frank. Frank Family Vineyards has built a reputation as a world-class producer of Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. I love Frank's wine but what I love more is their dedication to giving back to their community and people (AND puppies) who are in need every year. They have yearly autism give-back campaign as well as the humane society. Truly an amazing winery to visit & support!! Let me know what you think when you visit them for yourselves! 4. Hoopes & Oasis Sanctuary Location: 6204 Washington St. Napa, CA 94558 Cost: $100+ Shop Hours: 10am-4:00pm Tuesday-Sunday Reservation Required: Yes To Visit & Make a Reservation: Visit Oasis by Hoopes Cellars My Wine Rec: 2021 Hoopes Rosé The 2021 Hoopes Rosé is truly a 10/10 Rosé and I promise I would drink it every day if I could! It has a fruit forward scent of juicy ripe peaches, plump red cherries, and plums. And on the palette; strawberries, cherries and tart raspberries. This is a rosé that you can truly drink year round and makes for a fantastic gift to friends and family. I would strongly suggest pairing this with your favorite brunch foods and sharing it with a loved one! More: Hoopes is a unique winery for many reasons but especially because of their animal sanctuary Oasis that you can visit. It was so great to share this special place with my wine club members. So many wineries out there are "Family Owned" but this one truly feels that way. I spent almost my entire visit playing/petting fluffy chickens, horses, donkeys, and goats. I was in heaven! You will 100% want to spend hours here sipping wine, playing with animals, and enjoying the beautiful garden. I can't say enough great things about this winery, and my dear friend Lindsay Hoopes! If you choose to become a member, $200 of your membership dues are donated to the rescue sanctuary and the remainder is reserved for you to spend on all things Hoopes throughout the year. "This club is for the free-spirited, animal-loving, social butterfly who enjoys our Hoopes wine and needs an Oasis of their own in the heart of Napa Valley!" 5. Picayune Location: 1329 Lincoln Ave suite b, Calistoga, CA 94515 Cost: $25+ Shop Hours: 11-6PM Monday-Thursday, 11-7:30 Fridays, & 10-6 Saturday & Sunday Reservation Required: Suggested To Visit & Make a Reservation: Picayune Tasting Experiences My Wine Rec: 2021 Albariño This Albariño is to die for! Truly, so yummy. I love this wine specifically as a Porch Pounder because it's smooth, juicy flavors and overall approachability. Truly drinkable with anything, I would suggest spicy foods or ceviche, but truly you could enjoy this Napa favorite all by itself! More: While visiting Picayune, I was impressed overall by the whole vibe & atmosphere of it. Not only is it a winery producing fantastic wines, but it is also a perfectly curated shopping experience with an eclectic selection of amazing artisans including French Master Knife makers, Native American ledger artists, a local silk scarf maker, and more. Picayune is Women-owned and maker Claire Ducrocq Weinkauf is a rockstar and a true inspiration! I absolutely cannot wait to visit them again, and have them as a featured guest on my upcoming SSWC member's tasting! I hope that this helps you plan for your next or even first trip up to Napa Valley! Each one of these Napa wineries was to die for and incredible and you will have a fantastic time even if you just make it to half of them! If you end up visiting any one of these 5 amazing wineries, or using this blog as your guide to Napa please be sure to let me know about your experiences & connect with me on IG!! Cheers, Samantha Sommelier Your Go To No-Snob Somm<3 A trip to remember, Truly!!!

  • Summer Wines Of Trader Joe's Hosted by Samantha Sommelier LLC

    Let's be real, we all love ourselves some TJ's wines! It may be one of my favorite grocery stores to pop in and see what I can find in any price range & I love that! Trader Joe's has been killing the grocery store competition in wine selections, & why do I think so? Because they bring inexpensive, unique wines of all regions and varietals to YOUR neighborhood. They understand what it's like to make wine fun & approachable & I know we all love that! Anyway, here are my Current 5 FAVORITE Trader Joe's wines of the Summer that you NEED to grab next time you are there! Save this list so that next time you can be in & out of Traders with a bundle of wines you will LOVE & still not break your wine budget (; # 1 & 1.5 French Fizz; Le Blanc & Le Rosé for $7 This sparkling wine & it's pink counterpart are f*cking awesome, especially considering they are around the $7 price range. I HIGHLY recommend grabbing one of each and popping it open as soon as it is ice cold. A true porch pounder/party wine! Super approachable, drinkable and sunshine friendly! P.S. This is a reusable bottle, so if you don't finish it, snap the lid back on & enjoy a little later, I was shocked at how long these bubbles lasted! #2 McGregor South Africa "The Delicious Monster", for $5.99 This is one of the best buys you can get at TJ's for under $10! Such a crisp and refreshing wine to have in your fridge ready to be devoured on your porch! You definitely don't need to have food with this one, but if you are looking for a fun pairing, i'd suggest a cheese board, because we all know once you start drinking this one you won't want to stop! #3 Bread and Butter Chardonnay, for $13 I know so many of you aren't the biggest fans of Chardonnay but this one is a WINNER! It can be really hard (at least for me) to find a chardonnay that I like that is less than $25 so I was super pumped when I tried this one. On a hot day, I suggest trying this one ice cold with frozen green grapes, yes, grapes on grapes (; #4 Pasqua – Valpolicella Ripasso Superiore for $10 This is an earthy, dry wine with great old world characteristics. Fantastic for a Summer BBQ. Honestly most meals and foods will go great with this red. It is not sweet and doesn't linger much, making it super easy to drink! This is a great wine to bring with you to a friends house for dinner as it's old world vibes won't giveaway that you only spent $10 on it (; #5 Grifone Primitivo for just $5, yes $5! The Primitivo grape makes wines that are big, jammy, and rustic, with high-ish alcohol percentages, (this one is 13%). Historically they have chewy tannins, and a sweet finish! If you don't think you have ever had one of these, be sure to grab one next time you are at Trader Joes. This is an awesome summer wine because it is super easy to drink, yet still packs a punch! Be sure to have a snack with this one. My suggestion? Walk to the next isle & grab one of the best items at Trader Joes... Their BBQ Chicken Pizza. Boom. That's all for now! Thank you so much Sam Somm Community. I am super happy & excited to share some of my favorites with you on here, I know it has been a while! If you have enjoyed this Wine Guide, be sure to check out my Sam Somm Wine Club membership for consistent guides, wine recommendations, monthly tastings and more! Click HERE! Plus, keep an eye out for a Fall Guide coming soon 🍂 Cheers, Samantha Sommelier XOXO Check out my shop page HERE to join us at our next virtual public tasting!

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  • WINE CLUB v.1 | Samantha Sommelier

    Choose your pricing plan Mighty & Monthly $ 22 22$ Every month Get all club benefits with the flexibility of paying monthly Select Access to our members-only community platform 2-3 Members Tastings/Events per month! Exclusive pre-launch access to Sam Somm merch. Discount on virtual/in-person private tastings. Access to ALL of Sam's guides, grids & tasting materials. *Wine is not included, and all wine purchases are OPTIONAL. *No refunds Best Value Annual Plan $ 205 205$ Every year Save $59 with an annual plan! Select Everything that's included in the Mighty & Monthly Plan! *Wine is not included, and all wine purchases are OPTIONAL. *Membership renews at your locked in rate, yearly *Cancel anytime (You won't want to) *No Refunds OG Members Annual $ 160 160$ Every year Please do not purchase this plan unless directed to do so! Select Please do not purchase unless directed to do so :) Gift an Annual Plan! $ 205 205$ Give this annual membership as a gift. Expires after 1 year. Valid for one year Select Our Annual Sam Somm Wine Club Membership as a Gift. Everything included in our SSWC Membership Automatically cancels after 1 year! No Refunds!

  • WINE CLUB | Samantha Sommelier

    why join us? Not to brag, but there's NO other club out there like us. We have multiple opportunities to taste wine each month but all wine purchases are optional, unlike most wine clubs! More than that though, all wine offerings are custom picked by me and can be shipped straight to your door through my partner wine shop or by wineries I partner with. ​ You also have constant access to me and my killer Sam Somm team to help you find wines you can buy locally if you cannot or choose not to purchase a shipment (or if you're in Canada, for example!). WINE CLUB FAQS club benefits EVENTS & WIne Shipments There are now TWO members-only events each month. Wine purchases for these events are always optional! Wines for these events may be from our partner wine shop (shipping nationwide), they may be from other wineries or the grocery/liquor store. If you can't find the wines we recommen d for an event, we will always help you find alternatives based on where you live. ​ other perks ​ Access to our members-only community platform A free copy of Sam's EBook Access to bring up to 2 guests to tastings each month Access to ALL recorded tastings Discount on wine bundles for the group tastings Discount on virtual/in-person private tastings Exclusive pre-launch access to Sam Somm merch. Priority access to all vintages under Sam's wine label Faff Wine Co. 24/7 access to our "Pocket Somm" feature aka a full time private sommelier at your beck and call all day, everyday. Community that is 10/10 ​ SIGN ME UP LET'S DO THIS Mighty & Monthly $ 22 22$ Every month Get all club benefits with the flexibility of paying monthly Select Annual Plan $ 205 205$ Every year Save $59 with an annual plan! Select OG Members Annual $ 160 160$ Every year Please do not purchase this plan unless directed to do so! Select Gift an Annual Plan! $ 205 205$ Give this annual membership as a gift. Expires after 1 year. Valid for one year Select Cancel anytime, but you won't want to! Refund policy - no refunds on monthly or annual plans. ALREADY A MEMBER? LOGIN BELOW Log In How it works ONCE YOU'RE IN, ALL THE GOODS ARE FOUND IN OUR MEMBERS-ONLY PLATFORM (WEBSITE AND APP). CHECK IT OUT! INTERACT WITH OTHER MEMBERS WITH POSTS AND CHAT CHECK OUT ALL UPCOMING EVENTS AND GET PSYCHED! ACCESS THE EVER-GROWING LIBRARY OF PAIRING GUIDES, TRAVEL GUIDES, AND EXPERT ADVICE WATCH ALL PAST RECORDED TASTINGS IF YOU CAN'T MAKE AN EVENT! what members are saying Sam is literally amazing. From the IG content, responding to DMs and emails, starting the group tastings (which is a steal for her knowledge), and the member's only tastings which are on another level, Sam is such a chill somm who loves to share wine info to everyone on their own level. The subscription was a no brainers for me, as is basically pays for itself. The people in the club make it that much better. I love this awesome community that we have and can't wait to meet others in person and go on trips together! AND she taught me how to saber to which I am forever and ever thankful. The best party trick. Cheers!!! 🍾🍾🍾 Already a member? GET OUTTA HERE AND OVER TO OUR COMMUNITY PLATFORM! SIGN ME UP

  • PRIVATE TASTINGS & WINE CLUB | Samantha Sommelier

    APPROACHABLE WINE EXPERIENCES WITH YOUR GO-TO NO-SNOB SOMM EXPLORE THE WINE CLUB EXPLORE PRIVATE TASTINGS PRIVATE TASTINGS CUSTOM WINE LINE-UP TAILORED WINE EDUCATION NO SNOBBERY GUARANTEE WHETHER YOU'RE NEW TO WINE OR YOU HAVE A STEADY CORK COLLECTION GOING, THERE'S SOMETHING FOR YOU HERE - SO GRAB A GLASS! BOOK ME FOR CUSTOM, PRIVATE (VIRTUAL AND IN-PERSON!) TASTINGS FOR GROUPS OF ALL SIZES INCLUDING CORPORATE EVENTS, BACHELORETTE PARTIES, SPECIAL OCCASIONS AND MORE. LEARN MORE WINE CLUB WINE CLUB WINE CLUB WANT TO TASTE WITH ME MORE OFTEN? THIS IS THE WAY TO DO IT! YOU GET UNLIMITED ACCESS TO YOURS TRULY WITH TWO TASTINGS PER MONTH AND ADMISSION TO OUR PRIVATE MEMBER PLATFORM. WITH A GROWING COMMUNITY AND NEW CONTENT EVERY DAY, SAM SOMM CLUB MEMBERS GET A COMMUNITY OF NEW FRIENDS, EXCLUSIVE WINE OFFERINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS, ACCESS TO EXPERT WINE AND TRAVEL GUIDES, AND MORE... EXPLORE THE WINE CLUB LET'S f * cking DRINK PHOENIX-BASED SOMMELIER, OFFERING VIRTUAL & IN PERSON PRIVATE WINE TASTINGS, FOUNDER OF THE SAM SOMM WINE CLUB, & CO-FOUNDER OF FAFF WINE CO. ​ I FOUND MY WINE PASSION EARLY, LAUNCHING MY IN-HOME WINE TASTING BUSINESS, "SAMANTHA SOMMELIER" AT THE AGE OF 23. MY MISSION IS TO MAKE WINE FUN AND APPROACHABLE FOR ANY LEVEL OF WINE ENTHUSIAST. ​ AFTER GRADUATING COLLEGE, A BLOG I DID ON FOOD AND WINE GREW INTO ORGANIZING TASTINGS FOR FRIENDS, THEN INTO A REALIZATION ABOUT MY CAREER GOALS. SO, I TOOK AN INTENSIFIED SOMMELIER TRAINING PROGRAM AT THE INTERNATIONAL CULINARY CENTER OF CALIFORNIA, WHERE I RECEIVED MY LEVEL 2 CERTIFICATION THROUGH THE COURT OF MASTER SOMMELIERS. I NOW WORK WITH PRIVATE CLIENTS IN THEIR HOMES AND VIRTUALLY, ZEROING IN ON MILLENNIALS WITH AN EASYGOING BFF APPROACH TO GUIDING GUESTS THROUGH WINE TASTINGS. FREE DOWNLOAD FREE WINE 101 GUIDE JOIN MY MAILING LIST AND INSTANTLY RECEIVE MY WINE 101 GUIDE. THIS GUIDE IS PERFECT FOR FIGURING OUT THE BASICS OF WINE PAIRINGS AND AT HOME TASTINGS - SO GRAB A BOTTLE AND READ UP! > I ACCEPT TERMS & CONDITIONS CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD

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