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wine expressions 

taking the snooty out of wine.

Creating smart and fun wine experiences as your Personal Sommelier. Your shop for cute & classy wine apparel and gifts.



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Wedding, Bachelorette Parties & Special Events

Wedding, Bachelorette Parties & Special Events

Planning your own wedding and events are stressful! As a wine professional, allow me to wow your guests with hand chosen selections that will make your special day or event even more memorable. Looking for a unique Bachelorette Party? Let me come to you and host a tasting! I find the best wines to fit your budget.

Private Sommelier Tastings for Personal & Corporate Events

Private Sommelier Tastings for Personal & Corporate Events

How exciting would it be to have a Personal Sommelier help you in your wine selections for parties or even a private tasting in your home? With a background in hospitality, I can bring a friendly and non snooty wine experience for you and your guests!
Planning a corporate event? Why not try a wine tasting for an unforgettable team building experience! From small to large groups, I can do it all. 

Restaurant Wine Program Consulting

Restaurant Wine Program Consulting

With over 20 years of industry experience, I can take the overwhelming task off your shoulders of developing your wine program. My qualifications will ensure that every detail is taken care of on the wine lists I create and are tailored to your concept, pair with your cuisine, and add value to your restaurant.

Wine Storage & Cellar Planning

Wine Storage & Cellar Planning

From simple to complex, I can help you get started in wine collecting or plan the cellar of your dreams.

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our 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
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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