The Sip & Share Story

I am a wine enthusiast! My relationship with wine began in 2008, when I attended graduate school for my Master in Fine Arts (MFA) at Spalding University, Low Residency MFA program, in Louisville, Kentucky. Surrounded by writers of all genres – playwrights, screenwriters, fiction, non-fiction, and poets – we discussed our lives, our work, and our craft over drinks. Wine, to be specific.

Each subsequent residency we would bring wines to introduce to each other. It was there my passion for wine was ignited. I shared what I learned with others; helping many a wine drinker find their way from, “I only drink Moscato” to, “Wow, this is delicious.” This always gave me great pleasure.

In 2011, my good friend Mark gifted me a 32 bottle wine refrigerator as a house warming gift. Of course, I had to fill it! I had a party asking people to bring wine. I gave them some parameters (I drank red almost exclusively at that time) and sent my friends on a wine hunt around town. It was an incredible success. My guests got to try different wines and my wine chest was magically filled. Little did I know, I had just hosted my first home wine tasting.

In December 2013, my sisterfriend Niesha invited me to a wine tasting. I accepted without hesitation. The hostess, Marla graciously welcomed me into her home. The wine tasting was fantastic, conducted by an independent representative of a national home wine tasting company. I tasted new wines, beginning a love affair with South African wines.

The group of women I was introduced to that night bonded over our enjoyment of wine. We decided to host a party monthly at each others homes. In January 2014, I hosted a wine tasting. My friend decided to host one as well, at my home. She spoke with the ‘wine lady.’ The next month, at the tasting, I asked where was the ‘wine lady?’ My friend answered she didn’t know. She had not talked to her since a month ago.

Having a house full of guests, I called a sisterfriend and asked to “borrow” a few bottles of wine. She brought a case. I pulled a few of hers, added a few of my own, and became the ‘wine lady’ that night. We tasted twelve bottles of wine from around the world. My friends suggested I should start doing wine tastings. I agreed and started doing some initial research. Then I moved on with my life.

In 2015, my interest in doing home wine tastings was refueled after several incidents that occurred at corporate wine tastings – my name not being on the attendee list, my guests almost being turned away, being seated in the back and sushed continuously despite my wine tribe purchasing wine.

In the summer of 2016, I attended an event with Niesha. They advertised drinks were available. There were two drinks being served – a ‘hard’ lemonade and white Sangria. I told my friend, there needed to be a vendor who was only selling adult beverages. I decided when there was a next event, I would be there serving drinks. Niesha contacted me to let me know of the the next event. I accepted, deciding to no longer put off my dream and step out on faith. “Sip & Share Wine” was born.

Sip & Share Wine does home wine tastings and has a mobile wine bar and a wine podcast coming in 2017. Sip & Share Wine is accepting bookings for event and home wine tastings and for those interested in becoming Sip & Share Wine Guides. Sip & Share Wine looks forward to pouring wine for you and yours.

Sip & Share Wine & Share Great Times,

Nicole Kearney

The Sip & Share Story

I am a wine enthusiast! My relationship with wine began in 2008, when I attended graduate school for my Master in Fine Arts (MFA) at Spalding University, Low Residency MFA program, in Louisville, Kentucky. Surrounded by writers of all genres – playwrights, screenwriters, fiction, non-fiction, and poets – we discussed our lives, our work, and our craft over drinks. Wine, to be specific.

Each subsequent residency we would bring wines to introduce to each other. It was there my passion for wine was ignited. I shared what I learned with others; helping many a wine drinker find their way from, “I only drink Moscato” to, “Wow, this is delicious.” This always gave me great pleasure.

In 2011, my good friend Mark gifted me a 32 bottle wine refrigerator as a house warming gift. Of course, I had to fill it! I had a party asking people to bring wine. I gave them some parameters (I drank red almost exclusively at that time) and sent my friends on a wine hunt around town. It was an incredible success. My guests got to try different wines and my wine chest was magically filled. Little did I know, I had just hosted my first home wine tasting.

In December 2013, my sisterfriend Niesha invited me to a wine tasting. I accepted without hesitation. The hostess, Marla graciously welcomed me into her home. The wine tasting was fantastic, conducted by an independent representative of a national home wine tasting company. I tasted new wines, beginning a love affair with South African wines.

The group of women I was introduced to that night bonded over our enjoyment of wine. We decided to host a party monthly at each others homes. In January 2014, I hosted a wine tasting. My friend decided to host one as well, at my home. She spoke with the ‘wine lady.’ The next month, at the tasting, I asked where was the ‘wine lady?’ My friend answered she didn’t know. She had not talked to her since a month ago.

Having a house full of guests, I called a sisterfriend and asked to “borrow” a few bottles of wine. She brought a case. I pulled a few of hers, added a few of my own, and became the ‘wine lady’ that night. We tasted twelve bottles of wine from around the world. My friends suggested I should start doing wine tastings. I agreed and started doing some initial research. Then I moved on with my life.

In 2015, my interest in doing home wine tastings was refueled after several incidents that occurred at corporate wine tastings – my name not being on the attendee list, my guests almost being turned away, being seated in the back and sushed continuously despite my wine tribe purchasing wine.

In the summer of 2016, I attended an event with Niesha. They advertised drinks were available. There were two drinks being served – a ‘hard’ lemonade and white Sangria. I told my friend, there needed to be a vendor who was only selling adult beverages. I decided when there was a next event, I would be there serving drinks. Niesha contacted me to let me know of the the next event. I accepted, deciding to no longer put off my dream and step out on faith. “Sip & Share Wine” was born.

Sip & Share Wine does home wine tastings and has a mobile wine bar and wine podcast coming in 2017. Sip & Share Wine is accepting bookings for event and home wine tastings and for those interested in becoming Sip & Share Wine Guides. Sip & Share Wine looks forward to serving you and yours.

Sip & Share Wine & Great Times,

Nicole Kearney

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