Michael Green: Transforming wine and food into entertainment

Hearing Michael speak about food and wine is like witnessing a sensory explosion!  With a spellbinding speaking style, Michael has an extraordinary ability to connect with audiences through storytelling. With his vast epicurean knowledge, Michael’s enthusiasm for food and wine is contagious — electrifying audiences with stories that inspire, delight, and resonate for years to come.

Michael Green is a highly sought-after event host, food and wine curator, and television personality with numerous appearances on MSNBC, CNN, The Today Show, and The Food Network. With a client list that ranges from Fortune 500 companies to startups, his expertise in food and wine is unrivaled.

For more than 20 years, Michael served as the food and wine consultant for Gourmet, before going on to become wine curator for The Moth and a food, drink, and travel consultant to Departures. As an engaging storyteller, Michael has spoken at more than 50 food and wine festivals, including Naples Wine Festival and The South Beach Wine and Food Festival. He is also the creator of Wine Lovers, a musical that played on cruise ships around the world. Michael is a proud graduate of the High School of Performing Arts and graduated phi beta kappa at UVA.

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Transforming Wine and Food into Entertainment

A Taste of Tuscany

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There is no place in the world quite like Tuscany. The region has some of the most beautiful landscapes, art, food, and – of course – wine! Tuscany is home to many of the country’s best wines including Chianti Classico, Brunello di Montalcino, Vernaccia di San Gimignano, and the celebrated Super Tuscans. A Taste of Tuscany will be featuring the famed GAJA’s Bolgheri estate Tuscan blend – Ca’Marcanda Promis 2017.

With a combination of storytelling, lively conversation, and multimedia, Michael Green will transport you to Tuscany and you will see the camaraderie, communion, and connection that can happen over a shared appreciation for great wine and food.

  • Taste six wines from Tuscany, Italy
  • Pair wine with cheeses and charcuterie
  • Learn more about the producers
  • Find out what makes Tuscan wines so special
  • Expand your wine knowledge and vocabulary
  • Enjoy connecting with guests

Savor Napa Valley

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Treat your guests and your taste buds and allow Michael Green to bring Napa Valley to you! This wine and food experience transports you and your guests to one of the most celebrated wine regions in the world. Taste award-winning wine from Spring Mountain Vineyard paired with savory cheeses from Murray’s Cheese with lively conversation, connection, and camaraderie.

  • Taste six wines from Napa Valley
  • Pair wine with cheeses and charcuterie
  • Learn more about the cheese and wine producers
  • Find out what makes Napa wines so special
  • Expand your wine knowledge and vocabulary

A Taste of Paris

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 Michael brings Paris to your your event with an alluring combination of multimedia, local foods, and French wine. Experience the essence of Paris – with its chic cosmopolitan vibe, history and culture.

During A Taste of Paris, you’ll share Michael’s passion for the city and its history. You’ll enjoy a balance of sightseeing and savoring with French wine and cheeses.  Every experience offered is an opportunity to connect with your friends, family, clients, or colleagues. Experience a night in Paris through the lens of food and wine.

  • Taste two wines from France
  • Pair wine with cheese and charcuterie
  • Learn more about the cheese and wine producers
  • Marvel at the iconic Eiffel Tower
  • Stroll on the celebrated Champs-Élysées
  • Peek into the Moulin Rouge
  • Savor the views of the Sacré-Cœur

Chocolate: Bean To Bar

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For thousands of years, people around the world have had a sensuous and sumptuous delight in chocolate, and today we are once again living in something of a chocolate renaissance. Chocolatiers are rediscovering the art of making chocolate, with the confection itself being lauded as everything from a health food to an aphrodisiac.

During this event, you and your guests enjoy one of the world’s most beloved foods.

Michael guides you through a tasting of some of the finest chocolates in the world, in all the delectable forms that it can take. Discover how each chocolate’s origins, cacao content, and other factors contribute to create its unique taste.

  • Taste three different types of chocolate
  • Learn about the producers and tasting notes
  • Learn the history of chocolate and how its made
  • Enjoy connecting with guests

The Cheese Course

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It’s no secret that wine and cheese can make a perfect duo – a plate of tempting savory cheeses and a great bottle of wine is often at the heart of some of our most memorable experiences. The explosion in artisanal cheese production in recent years bringing countless new flavors to the table, navigating the cheese aisle can elicit the same intimidation factor once reserved for the wine shop!

Let Michael help you make sense of it all through a tasting of some of the most luscious and wine-friendly cheeses from producers around the world. Learn about the history and production of a diverse and tempting array of cheeses in an event that is sure to enhance your appreciation and enjoyment of cheese as well as sharpen your acumen when it comes to picking cheeses you will love.

  • Taste three different types of cheese
  • Learn about the producers and tasting notes
  • Learn the history of cheese and how its made

Wine Wiz

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Wine Wiz is a virtual team building wine competition that fosters interaction and connection.

Add an element of both friendly competition and interaction to your next virtual company event. Find out which of your friends is the true Wine Wiz with a series of fun wine related trivia games and activities.

All guests are ranked in a live leaderboard and can engage with your event through their mobile phones.

We put your wine knowledge to the test with:

  • Blind Tastings

  • Wine vocabulary

  • Wine Regions & Famous Estates

  • Vintages

  • Pairings

Suds Up!

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Just 20 years ago, the phrase “American craft beer” might have sounded like something of an oxymoron – how times have changed! The past decade has seen a thrilling explosion in micro-brewing in the United States. Whether they are rediscovering old-world brewing styles, or innovating new methods and tastes, today’s beer makers are serving up a stunning array of thoughtfully crafted and mouthwatering brews.

With so many choices, no one could blame you for needing some guidance! Let Michael help you make sense of the scene, tasting through an exhilarating variety of styles from brewers on the cutting edge of the craft movement, discover what makes each beer unique, and find out what’s on tap for tomorrow in the world of American craft beer.

  • Taste through a flight of craft beers
  • Learn more about the producers
  • Learn about the history and how beer is made
  • Discover new trends in craft beer

Raising Spirits

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One day, a bottle of Fernet Branca is collecting dust behind the bar, and the next, it’s the toast of the town – when a spirit is hot, it’s hot! But with new products launching by the dozen, and long-forgotten elixirs finding new flavors, it can be tough to keep up. How can you tell a flash in the pan from something worth sipping?

Not to fear – Michael has his finger on the pulse of what’s happening in the ever changing spirits game. Taste through the most exciting spirits that are making their mark on the scene. From small batch bourbons to liqueurs that will take your taste buds to bold new places, experience the best of what today’s spirit makers and innovators have to offer so you can stay ahead of the curve!

  • Taste through specialty made cocktails
  • Learn more about the producers
  • Learn how to create your own personalized cocktail
  • Expand your vocabulary and knowledge in mixology
  • Explore new spirits and liqueurs

A World of Whiskey

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Whether it‘s the exploding small batch bourbon scene (and the innumerable cocktails they have inspired) or the lively discussion that comes with debating the best Irish whiskey, brown spirits are on a roll! Some of the finest new products in the beverage world are the domain of these beloved liquors, and knowing the difference between bourbon whiskey and rye, or Canadian whiskey and American whiskey, can be the key to finding a brown liquor that fits your palate.

Join Michael for a spirited tasting experience, with the chance to sip through an array of up-and-coming whiskeys and brandys, as well as some old favorites that are winning over new fans.

  • Taste through a number of whiskeys
  • Pair wine with different foods and charcuterie
  • Learn more about the producers
  • Learn the history of whiskey and how its made
  • Expand your knowledge and vocabulary in brown spirits

Wines that Give Back

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Wine has long been the libation of choice at many non-profit galas and charity fundraisers. It’s a beverage for toasting an organization’s successes and, let’s face it, for helping lubricate a crowd’s wallets come auction time!

But some winemakers have realized they have an opportunity to make an even more direct contribution to the causes they believe in, and are donating product and profits to charities and nonprofits in their communities and around the world.

In Wines that Give Back, Michael celebrates this charitable spirit by leading a tasting through a number of inspiring wines by these magnanimous producers, and explores why these winemakers have decided to make giving back an important part of their business.

This event will be sure to leave the room flowing with wine and the spirit of giving!

  • Taste wines with a charitable component
  • Learn more about the producers

A Taste of Diversity

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A diverse workforce is more likely to understand your customers’ needs and come up with ideas to fulfill them. Diversity in the workplace is also known to increase the productivity and overall value of your business.

Let Michael create a unique food and drink event that celebrates diversity and inclusion. During this experience, your guests will taste through celebrated food & drink and learn about the people who made them. No matter what race, ethnicity, or lifestyle, A Taste of Diversity is the perfect way to empower every member of your team!

  • Taste through wines produced by different cultures
  • Pair wine with different foreign foods
  • Learn more about the producers
  • Explore different wine regions and cultures
  • Expand your wine knowledge and vocabulary

Corks & Torts

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Food, drink, and spirits are not exempt from important issues involving intellectual property, including trademark and trade dress. Working collaboratively with your colleagues, Michael will customize a food and drink experience that weaves important rulings from the epicurean world with content based around relevant issues and your own firm’s success.

Through a rousing discussion and a lively dining experience, your partners, clients, or prospects will leave with a better understanding of interesting legal issues through the lens of food and drink.

  • Taste through six different wine case studies
  • Pair wine with different foods and charcuterie
  • Learn more about the producers
  • Learn about the legalities in wine production
  • Expand your wine knowledge and vocabulary

Great Wines by Great Women

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This event is excellent for women’s empowerment events and team building. It’s always exciting to have an opportunity to celebrate innovators in the world of wine, and even more so when they’re also opening doors for others.

During this program, Michael toasts women winemakers who have helped break down the gender barrier that has for too long existed in the world of wine making. From the legendary to the up-and-coming, these women winemakers present a force to be reckoned with. Our tasting proves that their wines do, too!

We link key attributes of these pioneering women wine-makers, which have contributed to their accomplishments, and which can serve as a model for anyone reaching for success and breaking new ground In their field – and, best of all, you have a chance to taste the very best of these exciting wines that are shaking up the scene.

Selections from sparkling wine to dessert wine and everything in between! Filled with entertaining and revealing anecdotes and insider tips, this event is perfect for the wine novice or an experienced wine lover.

  • Taste six wines produced by women
  • Learn more about the producers
  • Pair wine with different foods and charcuterie
  • Celebrate women in the workforce

Fast Track to Wine Expertise

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Sip, swish, swallow, and go! In less than two hours you will know more about wine than 90°/o of the US population!

How to taste wine and food like a pro, how to navigate and outsmart a restaurant wine list, insider secrets wine retailers won’t tell you, how to read a wine label, how to make any wine taste better for free, and so much more!

Michael’s unique edu-tainment approach combines humor with a wealth of knowledge built from a lifetime of experiences in the world of wine. Creating a pretense-free experience that makes this often intimidating topic accessible to everyone.  Filled with entertaining and revealing anecdotes and insider tips, this event is perfect for the wine novice or an experienced wine lover.

  • Taste through six wines
  • Learn about the wine producers
  • Pair wine with different foods and charcuterie
  • Learn how to taste wine like a pro
  • Find out what makes wine taste different
  • Learn how to buy and sell wine in todays marketplace

Wines From Great Places

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Location is one of the most significant factors affecting the taste and value of a wine.  A vineyard’s location along with the soil, and climate will dictate which grape varieties are most likely to thrive there and give you a vital clue as to what kind of wine to expect.

The word “terroir” means the complete natural environment in which a particular wine is produced, including factors such as the soil, topography, and climate.  During this tasting, you will learn what makes wine taste different, how to get the best value when buying wine, discover new regions, expand your wine vocabulary, and more!

Let Michael guide you through a spirited wine tasting experience that spans the continents and will resonate for years to come.

  • Taste through six wines from contrasting regions
  • Learn more about the wine producers
  • Learn the different factors that influence taste and value
  • Learn about wine industry real estate
  • Expand your wine knowledge and vocabulary

A Slice of Campania

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A Slice of Campania is a pizza and wine tasting experience created and hosted by Michael Green that can take place online or in-person.

Campania is a famed region in southwestern Italy. It is not only the birthplace of pizza, it is also home to stunning wines! Naples, the region’s capital, is a bustling city with a striking natural setting between the iconic gray cone of Mt. Vesuvius and the deep blue waters of the Golfo di Napoli.

Guests get a voucher to order their favorite pizza and join us for an evening of edu-tainment, storytelling, lively conversation, and multimedia. Experience the camaraderie, communion, and connection that can happen over a shared appreciation for great food and wine. Learn the history of pizza and explore this marvelous region.

  • Featuring two wines from Feudi di San Gregorio, one of the most venerable and tasty wines of Campania.
  • Taste through a wines from Campania
  • Learn more about the producers
  • Pair wine with the finest styles of pizzas
  • Learn more about Campania and Italy

A Matter of Time

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An extraordinary high end client entertaining experience that will resonate for years to come.

It‘s amazing how rare it is for folks to actually try wines with decades of age. And while most wines are ready to drink the day they hit the shelves, there are a select few grapes and regions that lend themselves to aging, offering up even more complex flavors. Knowing the difference and understanding how wines mature will ensure that you are enjoying your wine at that perfect moment of peak of flavor and balance.

In this event, Michael reveals how the right amount of aging can turn great wine into something truly transcendent. Tasting through exquisite selections that have fully benefited from the passage of time, including Barolo, Bordeaux, Napa Cabernet, and Port.

  • Taste through an array of wines with significant age
  • Pair wine with cheeses and charcuterie
  • Learn more about the producers
  • Learn how to buy and sell fine wines
  • Expand your wine knowledge and vocabulary

Vino-Tech

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What happens when wine meets technology? Vino-Tech!

Technology innovation continues to revolutionize every aspect of our lives and the wine industry is no exception.  From gravity-flow wineries, new enclosures, regenerative agriculture, blockchain technology to track carbon offsets, science and technology are changing what’s in our glass and how we enjoy wine.

During this wine tasting, you’ll also learn about new wine gadgets and apps, how machines and automation in vineyards are changing the wine making process, and how computer science can predict your preferences.

  • Experience the future of wine with us.
  • Taste through wines with a tech component
  • Learn more about these cutting edge producers
  • Discover new trends in wine technology
  • Learn the latest in modern viticulture
  • Expand your wine knowledge and vocabulary
  • Find new ways buy wine you’ll love

Liquid Assets

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How to Start, Manage and Maintain a Wine Cellar

With this informative and entertaining experience you will learn about the world of wine collecting through four different approaches designed to help you define your goals and ensure your wine collection will fulfill your needs over time.

You will learn realistically and truthfully, how you could best enjoy your wines. A firm understanding of your wine-consumption habits and preferences will save you money and time, and ultimately reward you with a collection that is perfectly tailored to you.

Join Michael Green for an advantageous and compelling wine tasting experience.

  • Taste through six wines; young and aged
  • Learn more about the wine producers
  • Learn how to taste wine like a pro
  • Learn how to buy and sell wine in the modern marketplace
  • Expand your wine knowledge and vocabulary
  • Learn new ways to manage your collection

Drink Pink

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Drink Pink is an exciting marriage of wonderful wine and high-energy entertainment. In the world of rosé, there is certainly life beyond White Zinfandel!

During this experience, Michael showcases the delicious diversity of summer’s favorite drink. He walks you through an array of rosé styles and grapes grown in different soils that are available in a range of rosy hues.

Your guests will enjoy a memorable experience that celebrates the rosé-drinking lifestyle.

  • Taste through different types of rosé from around the world
  • Learn more about the producers
  • Learn about the history of rosé and how its made

Small Batch Bourbon

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The small-batch bourbon scene is exploding! Knowing the difference between bourbon whiskey and rye or single barrel versus small-batch, can be the key to finding a brown liquor that you’ll love.

Join Michael for a spirited tasting experience, with the chance to sip through an array of small-batch bourbons, meet the masterminds behind them, and connect with friends, family, colleagues, or clients in a fun new way. Whether you’re new to the bourbon scene or an experienced drinker, you will have a newfound appreciation for the beauty of small-batch bourbon.

  • Taste through a number of small batch bourbons
  • Pair wine with different foods and charcuterie
  • Learn more about the bourbon producers
  • Learn the history of bourbon and how its made
  • Expand your knowledge and vocabulary in brown spirits

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