ABOUT TIPPLE TALK
Tipple Talk is a wine tasting company founded in 2020 by Katrina Smith. Starting as a virtual experience during lockdown, Tipple Talk has evolved to offer a monthly wine club, blind tastings, mock exams for wine students and in-person events.
Katrina is an award-winning wine professional with over 10 years experience in the industry. Her journey in wine started in 2011 in the South of France where she helped out with a local grape harvest.
Since then, Katrina has worked in retail, shipping and tourism, and now alongside Tipple Talk, is Operations Manager at Itasca Wines and Penn Croft winery in Hampshire.
Katrina completed her WSET Diploma in 2018, picking up the Louis Jadot prize for outstanding results and the McNie Trophy for best tasting marks globally.
Enrolled onto the Master of Wine course since 2019, Katrina is slowly coming to terms with her unrelenting study (and wine) addiction.
Keith Kendrick, Group Magazines Editor, BBC Good Food and Olive, Immediate Media
I co-hosted a virtual cheese & wine tasting event with Katrina for clients from a key advertising agency. It was a huge success: relaxed and full of laughter. Katrina’s knowledge of wines is awe-inspiring, but it’s her gift for communication and story-telling that really made the event so enjoyable. The wines she selected were top notch and her descriptions of how to experience them at their best is something that will stay with us all for the future.
Jean-Philippe Ponnelle. Chief of Staff at Google
"Our team had a fabulous time with Katrina doing her virtual "top tipples" tasting. She is an incredibly engaging and charismatic host, making the experience fun, enjoyable and informative. She has a gift to convey wine knowledge in such a way that makes it appealing to both absolute beginners and more advanced connoisseurs. I could not recommend Katrina more for any corporate event (or among friends) and look forward to attending one of her forthcoming events."
Elliot Howells - Microsoft Education
Katrina ran a brilliantly informative and interactive virtual wine tasting session as part of our team’s festive celebrations. The wines were delicious, the level of detail about each was perfect and there wasn’t a thing that Katrina didn’t know about them! We were also incredibly impressed with Katrina’s responsiveness and flexibility with postage challenges, ensuring everyone in our group could participate and have a great time. Can’t wait for the next one!
Victoria Banaszak - Senior Vice President Marketing at Livinguard
I organised a tasting event for my family which did not disappoint. We’re located in 4 different locations (including Switzerland) and Tipple Talk ensured the safe & timely arrival of our taster packs. Katrina was a fun & amazingly knowledgable teacher & host and we all enjoyed and learned a lot. The food pairing suggestion also went down a treat! We're looking forward to an excuse to repeat the event and learn about some new wines/regions. 10/10.
Leo Sloley - Head of Marketing for KFC Ireland
We absolutely loved our guided tasting with Tipple Talk. Katrina brought the world of wine to life for us in a really fun and informative session. The most fun we’ve had on zoom all year!
Sasha Von Wechmar - Founder and CEO of Von Wechmar Events
Having worked with Tipple Talk on a number of virtual events, Katrina and her team have successfully delivered wonderful tastings for both intimate get-togethers, as well as groups of 100 people. Offering a smooth, reliable service and a highly enjoyable experience for guests, no matter what the group size, we cannot recommend highly enough!
Claire Cocks, WSET Diploma student
Katrina's Blind Tasting sessions and her monthly Wine Club have been both an absolute delight and an enormous help to my ongoing WSET Diploma studies. These Zoom sessions have been extremely enjoyable and informative and a wonderful way to keep up my tasting practice during lockdown.
Esme Fenner Commercial Marketing Executive, Immediate Media Company
Katrina from Tipple Talk was great to work with from the start. The packages available are very clear on what is included and the pricing, which eliminates a lot of back and forth. We went for the Top Tipples package, and received 6 wines. It was great varied selection and all were very delicious! Katrina was a brilliant host, knowledgeable but kept it light and fun, whilst more than happy to answer questions along the way.
Trine Garrett - Co-Artistic Director of Foreign Affairs Theatre Company
We loved working with Katrina on our recent wine tasting fundraiser. Her knowledge of wine was superb, and her ability to make the tasting accessible to everyone, no matter how much they knew about wine, was fantastic!