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  • Life is all about the moments that you share with
    11 months ago by mariolunasomm Life is all about the moments that you share with your loved ones. This is Alfred Gratien Champagne, I first tasted this wine when I met my future wife. It was three years ago at the Wine Spectator Grand Tour Las Vegas. We looked at each other while savoring the moment and we thought, "This is perfect!" Well... I meant her. Please don't forget those moments!  #wine   #winetasting   #winelovers   #winery   #wino   #winestagram   #instawine   #winetime   #winegram   #rose   #sparkling   #bubbles   #winespectator   #show   #moment   #married   #shespregnant   #marriedlife   #wife   #husband   #drink   #toast   #cheers   #foodie   #chef 
  • Blanc de Noirs in Champagne uses red grapes like pinot
    11 months ago by mariolunasomm Blanc de Noirs in Champagne uses red grapes like pinot noir and pinot meunier (men-yay) in their blend. I prefer the blanc de noir style with its creamy mouth feel, flavors of tart and ripe pear, brioche, and subtle citrus. These flavors are not as acidic and mineral driven as the blanc de blanc, which are 100% Chardonnays. The best example of a Blanc de Noir was my favorite from the Wine Spectator Grand Tour in the Mirage Casino called Besserat. This wine was perfection and can be enjoyed for any occaision! You can find the wine here:  #wine 
  • Its Bubbles Week at MarioLunaSomm and I have 5 of
    11 months ago by mariolunasomm It's Bubbles Week at MarioLunaSomm and I have 5 of my favorites. Up first, this is Raventos De Nit Rose Conca. This is a blend of Macabeo, Xarel-lo, and Parellada varietals are blended together and then red wine is added in the finish made in the Cava region. That red wine softens the sharp acidity and added fruit and body weight. This is the perfect wine to go with every type of food. I hope you get the opportunity to try this special wine in spanish tapas restaurants or at!  #wine   #winetasting   #winelovers   #spain   #cava   #rose   #pink   #winestagram   #instawine 
  • Mothers Day is this weekend and its time to take
    11 months ago by mariolunasomm Mother's Day is this weekend and it's time to take her out to eat. Unfortunately, so will everyone else. To help you cope with the extremely long wait this Sunday, I created a food and wine pairing guide for my favorite neighborhood restaurant: The Cheesecake Factory! Check out my latest blog at for all of my selections, including a Merlot paired with the Steak Diane's medallions, mushrooms, and peppercorns.  #wine   #winery   #winetime   #winetasting   #winelovers   #winenot   #winestagram   #instawine   #cheesecake   #cheesecakefactory   #dinner   #lunch   #brunch   #mother   #mom   #mommy   #chef   #cook   #foodie   #redwine   #whitewine   #steak   #pasta   #italian   #spicy 
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For more information on corporate wine tastings or other events or to check Mario’s availability for upcoming services, please fill out the form at the bottom of the page!


Corporate Wine Tastings

Wine Tasting for Team Building

Blind tastings are a major component of a Master Sommelier’s exam prep. Being able to taste through an unknown wine and identify its unique characteristics not only hones your senses, it also helps identify important attributes such as the varietals that make up the wine, the region the wine is from, the year the wine was made, and even who made the wine, among other things. In a corporate setting, blind wine tastings are a way to help your team grow stronger by:

  • Building your teams communication skills
  • Encouraging group thinking and collaborative problem solving
  • Creating bonds between new and existing employees, such as in a post-merger situation
  • Identifying natural leaders and skilled critical thinkers
  • Teaching more timid participants to develop their abilities and have confidence in their deductive reasoning

These team-building wine tastings are an ideal why to step away from your company’s typical day-to-day routine and both assess and develop your staff’s talents in a way that is both effective and fun.

Wine Tasting for Client Appreciation

As an off-shoot of our catering service, we offer wine tastings – with or without paired food items – for corporate events such as mixers, client or staff appreciation nights, holiday parties, and so on. These tastings can be completely leisurely and casual in nature, high-end and featuring luxury wines and gourmet menu items, and/or built on a theme that ties into your brand, your client, or a particular product launch.

Catering Services

The Mario Luna Somm catering team includes several trained sommeliers, culinary experts, and dedicated hospitality professionals who specialize in creating menus based on the very best ingredients and most interesting wines available. Having a sommelier as part of a catering team elevates both the menu itself as well as the day-of experience. Part entertainment, part education, 100 percent snobbery-free fun, Mario Luna Somm-catered parties are known for their surprising and unique approach to finger food and fine dining alike.

In addition to catering events such as anniversary, birthday, and engagement parties, we’re also honored to assist with:

  • Open Houses
  • Product Launches
  • Backyard Barbecues/Pool Parties
  • Networking Events
  • Singles Mixers (Swipe right for wine! :D)
  • Clam Bakes & Crawfish Boils
  • Super Bowl Party
  • Interactive Events – Taco Bars, Build-Your-Own-Pizza, Etc.!

All of our catering packages include elements of wine education. Your guests will never feel like they’re in a class or required to take notes by any means, but they might just leave your get-together loving tacos and Merlot way more than tacos and tequila – hey, it could happen!

Consultation and Wine Recommendations

Mario Luna Somm catering focuses on small to medium sized events but Mario often helps larger catering operations and other businesses as a consultant. From creating wine pairings to complement a five-course sit-down dinner for a charity gala to securing and supplying wines for large-scale events, Mario has the expertise and winery connections necessary to make a promising event into a truly stellar affair.

Hire Mario to:

  • Dream up custom wine pairings for your wedding or rehearsal dinner
  • Connect you with wineries who would be happy to showcase their product at your event
  • Training catering or event staff in proper pouring technique and other wine service and storage skills
  • Coach you or your wine study group on theory or service standards necessary to pass wine exams



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