The Art of Fine Wine and The Fine Art of Service


Saturday, January 17, I held a private party for twenty-five guests at which Harold Toussaint hosted a wine tasting. His presentation was outstanding and every one of my guests thoroughly enjoyed his ‘fun and educational’ tasting. What made the event such a remarkable success, however, and the sole reason for initially inviting Harold to present at my party, is his warm and friendly approach to teaching wine tasting. Harold’s sincere passion and vast knowledge of wines is uniquely (and I can’t emphasize uniquely enough with respect to his profession) balanced by his touch of humor in explaining the rituals and elements of enjoying wine. A perfect balance indeed!--Rich O’Leary, regarding an Investment Banking firm’s special event


Dear Harold:
A short note to thank you for the exceptionally fine job of handling the wines for our gala event last night. I was able to relax and enjoy the wines, rather than fret about the way they were handled as I almost always have to do. 
 
You are a true professional, and you combine professionalism with sincerity, warmth, and a most pleasant personality.--a letter from a renowned wine collector whose name TWS shall keep anonymous, for privacy.

Susan: I went with my boyfriend and we both agreed Harold is a genius and a great teacher. He has to be: I realized I just don’t like Chardonnay wines, but now I understand why! Having that knowledge is invaluable when ordering or purchasing wine. C.T.

 

I will definitely go to future events. I like Harold and enjoy his teaching style. . . very interactive. --a private, emailed correspondence in response to The Wine School seminar


Dear Harold, Thank you so much for a delightful evening and exceptional meal. You introduced us all to unfamiliar preparations, and your cooking ability, clearly need take no back seat to your wine expertise.-- personal letter from a renowned wine writer, based in San Francisco