Wine Expressions is dedicated to removing 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. Nicole began her career out of her love of restaurants. Her first job was at a fine dining restaurant at the age of 16. After years of working in fine dining as a server and bartender, she then turned to management where she developed wine and beverage programs. While working as a Food & Beverage Manager at the Four Seasons is where she realized she had to make wine her career. Since 2006 Nicole has worked for prestigious wine wholesalers in some of the most wine savvy regions. She has traveled throughout California and Europe, learning more about producers, their terroir, and what makes them unique. Her motto is, “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 as well as 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. Nicole founded Wine Expressions to bring all that to you. She is available for special events, weddings, private Sommelier tastings/parties both in your home or elsewhere, cellar planning, and private shopping. Nicole also has a love of writing and can be hired as a content writer and an online marketer across multiple platforms.
Nicole lives with her husband, two step kids, a silly cat named Leon, and a handsome Vizsla named Fin. When not working, you can find Nicole surfing along various breaks in San Diego and creating delicious recipes in her kitchen!
Interested in learning more? Drop Nicole a line!