Air Canada Centre

“Really enjoyed the seminar. Thanks for a great evening!”

Alain Pinel Realtors

“Thanks for a wonderful event!”
Mike Hulme Director of Corporate Operations Alain Pinel Realtors

Alain Pinel Realtors

“Thanks for a wonderful event!”
Mike Hulme Director of Corporate Operations Alain Pinel Realtors

Ameriprise Financial

“I highly recommend Barbara and AFFAIRS of the VINE for you next wine experience. Barbara executed over 20 events throughout California, Hawaii and Nevada for me in 2008. Her professionalism and dedication showed in the quality of events she produced. The interactive wine experience was exceptional and had both novices and experts walking away with new sense of wine. Each opportunity allowed us to create a sense of teamwork and leadership. It also helped grow client relationships and increase the conversion of prospects into clients. Barbara and her team handle all the details and are in constant contact with you before the event. Her follow up is tremendous and she is very quick to respond to any inquires you might have either before or after. Her organization is superb as she was able to get information to me within 15 minutes three months after an event. She is also very flexible, many times willing to make changes just days before the event. Her business and ideas are innovative and unique. I am looking forward to continuing my relationship with her and Affairs of the Vine long into the future.”
Doug Yakich, Event Planner, Ameriprise Financial


“I had the pleasure of hiring Affairs of the Vine for several events on both a group and more intimate level. Barbara Drady has a total command for her events, with tremendous attention to detail. Our guests were complimentary and were very impressed with the experience. Sometimes wine oriented events can get somewhat pretentious and lose their intent, Barbara is very sensitive to that concern and adds a real human touch that separates her style from many others that I have done business with in my past.” Toby Trevarthen, Executive VP, AOL

BNP Paribas

“You truly gave our in house experts a run for their money, no easy task I might add. More importantly you did it with humor and style and helped achieve our goal of bringing the group together. Everyone was talking about the tasting the next day and that is a sure sign of success. We also received many compliments about the selection of dinner wines. As we say around here, ‘Chapeau!’ “Lesley D. Gordon-Mountian,Assistant Vice President, Corporate Communications, BNP Paribas

California Culinary Academy

“I had the pleasure of working with Barbara for a number of years. Typically, when I had a client who had a special interest in wine, all I needed to do is pick up the phone and say Barbara, I have a job for you, she would do the rest. Her knowledge of wine, her passion for it, and her commitment to ensuring that others become as interested as she is infectious. I always felt completely safe and sane when Barbara was on the scene, and knew that my clients would not only have a good time, but would have walked away with a plethora of new information that they can use for years to come.” Matthew Singer,Catering Sales Manager, California Culinary Academy, Subsidiary of Career Education Corp.

Chef Fredy

“Working with AFFAIRS of the VINE is a rewarding and unique experience. Creative matching and presentation of outstanding wines with my menus always produce rave reviews from all the attendees.” Chef Fredy Hernandez

Doubletree Hotel San Francisco Airport

“Barbara and her company, Affairs of the Vine, truly made Hilton’s airline Symposium a memorable experience. Of the eighty-plus attendees we had at our event, everyone mentioned how much fun they had. Barbara was able to customize a great program for us.I would definitely recommend her and Affairs of the Vine for future events. Tomas Paddack, Director of Sales & Marketing, Doubletree Hotel San Francisco Airport

Exclusive Destinations

“The International Wine and Food Event was fantastic! I just wanted to thank you for a great presentation, your professionalism and all of your support. The event at Ritz Carlton, San Francisco attracted over 50 buyers. This event was even better than the Minneapolis program. The attendance was fantastic and the guest list read like a “Who’s Who” of the Bay Area. We were very fortunate to have such a high profile turnout. I am still hearing raves from our clients. We are now planning a Southern California event and want to define some dates…” Lynda Baum, President, Exclusive Destinations


“Barbara is absolutely GREAT at what she does because she truly LOVES what she does. She brings energy, creativity and excitement to the world of wines and produces custom wine-centric events that please everyone.” Barry Wolpa, VP Meetings & Incentive Trips, Genworth Financial

Horsley Bridge Partners

“I just wanted to thank you for a great presentation. Everyone had fun and enjoyed the wines that you brought. I look forward to working together soon.” Clara Vu, Chief Financial Officer, Horsley Bridge Partners


“Hi there. I just wanted to pass along a little compliment that I heard the other day. We are in the midst of year end reviews. I am not on the marketing calls but I heard that your event in San Fracisco is being touted as the best practices of what all client events should aspire to next year. Everyone is still talking about it, even outside of public sector into other teams. I just wanted to pass that along.” Brenna M. Berman, Solution & Sales Leader, Global Social Industry Segment, IBM Global Business Services

KSL Resorts

“The feedback we are receiving from the event is wonderful. Great Job!” Megan Warzeniak, Director of Sales, Northern California and Pacific NW, KSL Resorts

Lodi Winegrape Commission

“Kudos to all, and thank you Affairs of the Vine for bringing Wine Boot Camp to Lodi…When can we do another one?” Mark Chandler, Executive Director, Lodi Winegrape Commission

Lufthansa Airlines

“Our noses are still full of scents… You gave us an experience that educated us for life.” Joseph Bertold, Director of Marketing, Lufthansa Airlines

Polysius Corporation

“Again, I wanted to take the opportunity to thank you very much for organizing a wonderful event for us this week in Cincinnati. We received so much positive feedback and great compliments from our clients, that we feel we have, created a lasting memory for them.” Holger Plath, Polysius Corporation

Ritz Carlton Laguna Nigel

“Thanks again for helping make the International Wine and Food Event at the Ritz Carlton Laguna Nigel a complete success. It was a wonderful day. By the time I checked emails, I already had feedback from many of our key clients,” Lynda Baum, Exclusive Destinations here is a sampling:” “Just wanted to thank all of you for the wonderful event held at the Ritz-Carlton yesterday. I was very impressed with the setup and flow of the event – you should be very proud of yourselves.” Kathy Roche, Maritz “Thank you for inviting me to today’s event. It was very well done and a great resource to gain information on many travel companies in Asia and other regions. The wine and food pairing was great – fun and delicious, too!” Lisa Perrone, Realtime Productions

Social Media Club of Silicon Valley

“I recently had the great good fortune of attending a wine event that Barbara planned for a business group (Social Media Club). The entire event was flawless start to finish. Everything came together beautifully, the other attendees all commented on how professional yet relaxed she was and each winery we went to clearly held her in high esteem. If you are looking for team building or just a well organized wine country adventure for a group you need to talk to Barbara Drady.” Janet Fouts, Social Media Coach, Tatu Digital Media

Standard Beverage

“Whether a distributor wanting to train their sales reps or attendees at a wine festival, your Aromatic Tasting seminar continues to impress, educate and delight consumers and professionals alike. Keep up the good work!” Beverly Moore, Standard Beverage Corporation


“Wine Boot Camp was a fabulous day for all my members, spouses and certainly for Diane and me. We really had a great time and will remember the weekend for a long time to come. I want to bring another TEC group for a duplicate experience next year.” Donald R. Cottle,Chairman, TEC

The Business Group, Inc.

“If you really want to get your team moving in the same direction, I highly recommend Wine Boot Camp. Truly a unique experience that has tremendous take-away value and is a blast to participate in.” Bob Dawson, Founder, The Business Group, Inc.; Managing Director, i-Myth Inc.

Vermont Wine Merchants

“Cultivating and sharing wine enthusiasm and professionalism is a paramount goal for our staff in their work with restaurant and retail customers. Affairs of the Vine’s innovative Aromatics Seminars have created an outstanding forum for the education, enjoyment and increased confidence for all who’ve attended. It’s just the right way to engage anyone with the desire to improve their knowledge and understanding.” Joerg Klauck, President, Vermont Wine Merchants

Vistage International

“Wine Boot Camp was a fabulous day for all my members, spouses and certainly for Diane and me. We really had a great time and will remember the weekend for a long time to come. I want to bring another TEC group for a duplicate experience next year” Donald R. Cottle,Chairman, TEC

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