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wine expressions 

“taking the snooty out of wine.”

  • Your Personal Sommelier!
  • Enjoy wines shipped directly to your door.
  • An online boutique for cute & classy wine gifts and apparel.

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Virtual Wine Education Happy Hours

Virtual Wine Education Happy Hours

COVID-19 has certainly had a major impact on the wine & hospitality industry. In March 2019, I began hosting virtual tasting events in an effort to reach people and grow a wine community. I “take the snooty out of wine” and create a fun and relaxed environment to learn about wine. Come be a part of our community, and I’m also available to host a private virtual tasting for you and your guests. Click HERE for more details.

Parties, Corporate, & Special Events

Parties, Corporate, & Special Events

As a Certified Wine Professional and with over 20 years in the industry, allow me to wow your guests with hand-chosen selections that will create memorable experiences whether it be a wedding, private event, unique party idea, and corporate event. I can simply consult or can be on-site to help with service and education.

Home Direct Wine Delivery

Home Direct Wine Delivery

I am also a Broker for one of the best wine importers in the United States. Allow me to hand-pick selections for you, or email me with what you are looking for. I have everything from great values to the finest wines for the collector in you. Click HERE to see the list of producers.

Pocket Somm - Your Personal Sommelier

Pocket Somm - Your Personal Sommelier

With over 20 years of industry experience, I can help you make great wine selections. You can text me at 619-800-4546 with photos of a wine list or bottles in a shop and I will get back to you with the best selection(s) that fits within your budget. A gratuity is always appreciated for the service.

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Click on any of the images below to see examples of our past events and projects—including, but not limited to, bachelorette parties, weddings and private wine tastings!

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my clients say it best.

Nicole is by far one of the most educated people in wine. She is also a fabulous gourmet cook where everything is always seasoned to perfection. She also knows how to make the wine experience fun!
Laurel Woolf
I was so impressed with Nicole’s presentation and selection of wines at our tasting and educational seminar. We had a group of 12 friends, all with very different wine tastes and varying wine knowledge. The selections that Nicole chose to present were all excellent and I love the way she took us on a tour around the world using these wines. I learned so much from her about wine regions, flavors and how to taste wine properly. I found Nicole to be warm, down to earth, funny and passionate about food and wine. I will definitely be back to learn more. Thank you Nicole!
Shira Max
I needed to find a store that sold Lebanese wine for a special meal I was preparing. It took one phone call to Wine Expressions and I ended up spending about 45 minutes in a wine store (The Wine Connection) with very knowledgeable and extremely friendly wine connoisseurs who hooked me up with some excellent wines for the evening. Thank you so much Nicole! You were right on with your recommendation!
Nancy Spooner-Bsharah

Nicole took all of the stress of planning wines that would enhance the flavor of our food at our wedding. We had Hawaiian food…not your typical wedding menu. The wines were such a hit that we ran out of wine! Kind of a bummer! We were hoping for leftovers!

Laura Wolfgang

Nicole is a friend I surf with and I had mentioned a few times that I have never been able to find a rosé I like. She not only recommended one she loves and after I tried it, really liked it, but she was able to get it into the local market my wife and I shop at!

Rick Johnson

One April Wednesday in the midst of a pandemic, I decided to take a leap of faith and joined a random wine tasting zoom call I had been referred to. It took me all of 5 minutes to realize how amazing this experience was. Nicole has a way of helping educate in such a simplified manner, and oftentimes you don’t even feel like you’re learning until you’re suddenly spouting off wine knowledge on dates! I’ve scheduled most of my weeks around these calls because I’ve loved the community aspect and the knowledge. She’s been able to recommend some amazing wines and shipped them to the east coast with ease. I can’t wait to see where her future endeavors go and hope to join in for more!

Becky Albertson
I highly recommend Nicole for any wine-centered event where the goal is to increase knowledge and appreciation of highlighted Vinos, from growth to production to when best to enjoy them and how to procure them.
She also dives into the background of featured wines and their regional origins.
Very enjoyable!
Donna Moore-Sturgill
nicole ward
nicole wardfounder & owner
Wine Expressions removes the “snooty” out of wine. Founder, Nicole Ward, has spent her entire career in the industry from the East Coast to Napa to San Francisco, and now San Diego. She has worked in fine dining restaurants and for prestigious wine importers and wholesalers. She has traveled throughout California and Europe and believes, “you don’t have to spend a ton of money to have a great bottle of wine.”

Nicole is a wealth of knowledge with both CSW and CSS certifications, in addition to WSET training. Her strong hospitality skills and food expertise are what also sets her apart, and she is passionate about making it fun and easy for her clients. She founded Wine Expressions to bring that to you.

In 2018 Nicole got engaged. She never imagined creating an apparel and accessory line, however, when she was planning her Bachelorette Party she was scouring the Internet to find some cute wine hats or shirts to give to her friends and family members that were coming. To her astonishment, she couldn’t find anything that she thought was cute and on the “classier” side. In June of 2019, she launched her shop. All made out of love and she wanted to make sure her apparel fits women of all body types.

Interested in learning more? Drop Nicole a line!

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