Culver City, CA, USA

Our mission is to help you find your wine palate, and make it your own.

Frequently Asked Questions


What are Wine Tarts Tastings? What do they include?

Our mission is to help you find your wine palate, and make it your own. Wine Tarts Tastings make it fun to learn how to assess and enjoy wine and we match each tasting flight with delicious homemade tarts. We bring the basics of wine tasting on site to you (boardroom, clubroom, dining room, etc.).  ... and make it fun! Wine Tarts Tastings are great for team building and our goal is that your group leaves armed with some great wine knowledge and the kind of camaraderie that only grape adventures can bring! 

The standard Wine Tarts Tasting includes a quick introduction to wine: how it is grown, made and aged; a tasting components exercise; a horizontal tasting to teach the basics of tasting and assessment, and a competitive team blind tasting – all of course accompanied by our signature tarts.

How many people can attend a tasting?

Our minimum is ten people and we are happy to provide tastings for up to 75.


What credentials do the Wine Tarts hold? Are they sommeliers?

The Wine Tarts agree that their most important wine credential is a love of wine and everything that that glass of grape juice represents – history, culture, people, earth, sky and deliciousness – as well as an ongoing desire to share the joy of wine discovery with others and a ‘no-snobs allowed’ approach. 

They each hold the highly respected Diploma in Wine and Spirits from the Wine and Spirits Educational Trust, a hard-won certification that includes both academic and blind-tasting achievements, and that is held by less than 9,500 people worldwide. 

They are also graduates of the professional baking program at the New School of Cooking.

Melanie and Terry believe that no matter how high a credential one holds in wine, there is always more to learn and they continue their education both in practice and in the classroom. Melanie also holds a French Wine Scholar with Honors certification from the French Wine Society and is currently studying for her Italian Wine Specialist certification. Terry is on the ground every day learning about producers, organizing tastings and advising consumers on wine choices  – whether a great under-$10 bottle or a $1,000 Chateau Margaux as a specialist at The Wine House in West Los Angeles, which was recently named one of the ten best wine shops in the world by Food & Wine Magazine. Melanie is also one of the team who launched (in 2011) and stages the renowned Garagiste Wine Festival, dubbed “one of wine's best parties the Los Angeles Times, three times a year and has helped connected over 500 artisan winemakers with tens of thousands wine lovers and millions more through national/international media attention. Terry and Melanie are also wine bloggers and members of the Los Angeles Wine Writers Group.


How much do Wine Tarts tastings cost? Can I choose the wines for the session?

Wine Tarts tasting fees range from $50 to $150 a person depending on the length of the tasting, number of attendees, and each client’s specific needs. Wine is billed separately and customized to your budget, but on average, wine costs are about $20 a person.


Do you do series tastings?

Wine Tarts offer a progressive schedule of tastings for those who are interested, building on the growing wine knowledge of the group.


Where are Wine Tarts tastings held? How can I book?

Wine Tarts will bring the experience to you at your location. Simply call or email  Wine Tarts need 30 days advance notice to schedule a tasting.