Courtney Cochran provides personalized wine services to adventurous wine collectors, purveyors and enthusiasts. From innovative team building exercises for corporate groups to intimate in-home classes, trend-savvy restaurant wine list design and targeted personal shopping excursions, Courtney pairs her deep wine expertise with her lively demeanor to create unforgettable wine experiences.

Courtney has facilitated tastings for hundreds of private and corporate clients. Let Courtney customize a tasting for your group, or choose from one of the following topics offered:

Cabernet Sauvignon: The Power Wine * Pinot or Bust! * The Misfits: Port, Sherry and Madeira * Getting to Know Merlot…All Over Again * Think Pink: The Softer Side of Wine * Blind Tasting Boot Camp * Varietal 411: The Basics * Haute Stuff: Champagne & Sparklers * The White Stuff: An All-White Wine Tasting * Burgundy and Bordeaux: The Big Guns Face Off



"Courtney was an absolute pleasure to work with.  She brought ideas, enthusiasm, professionalism and (most importantly) great wine to the table!  We hosted a TCHO chocolate and wine pairing at the WIRED offices, and Courtney dug up some really impressive and unique selections.  Everyone had a great time! Thanks again so much for all your work.  I’m no longer afraid of the dessert wine menu! :)"
- Katelyn Davies, WIRED Magazine

“I hired Courtney to present a wine education event for a group at my firm. She was easy to work with and had great ideas prior to the event, and our participants really enjoyed her presentation. The evening was a great success, due in no small part to Courtney's effort.”
- Kelly Outis Reine, Sr. Consultant, Strategy & Operations, Deloitte Consulting

“Our law firm recently hired Your Personal Sommelier. In addition to her vast knowledge of wine, Courtney has a wonderful presence and gave our party an edge that most corporate events lack. Above all, she functioned as part of our team during the party and left a great impression on our guests.”
- Doug Mandell, Principal, Mandell Law Group, San Francisco

“Courtney provided an excellent wine and food pairing event for a group I belong to. Courtney has a deep knowledge of the wine industry and helped educate us on the proper wines to drink with certain foods. The wines she picked were off beat and introduced us to wine regions we might not ever have tried on our own. I would use her again in a heartbeat!”
- Carrie Levy, Group Leader, The Junior League of San Francisco

Detailed tasting menus and references are available upon request. Please contact us for more information.


Courtney – called “San Francisco’s Most Wanted Wine Guru” by C Magazine - has been profiled in Vogue, Business Week online, Domino and Daily Candy and appeared on numerous television and radio networks discussing wine including ABC, NBC, Fox, NPR and Martha Stewart Living Radio. As well, she has given keynote addresses on wine at Cornell's HEC School of Hotel Management, UCLA Anderson School of Management, Berkeley's Haas School of Business and at the Unified Wine & Grape Symposium, the Western Hemisphere's largest wine trade show.

She is available for corporate and private engagements to speak on a variety of wine-related topics, including:

Wine for the Next Generation: Marketing to Millenials * Wine for Business: Choosing, Talking About & Enjoying Wine In a Business Setting * Wine 2.0: Taking Wine Online to the Next Level * The New Hot Wine Party: How To Do It Right * Wine and Business: Combing Passion and Profession * The New Power Players: Women and Wine
Blind Tasting Bootcamp: How to Taste Like a Pro (includes tasting)
Wine and Food Pairing: Cardinal Rules & When To Break Them (includes tasting)
Building a Collection: Cardinal Rules & How-Tos
How to Spice Up Your Restaurant's Wine Program

Detailed outlines are available upon request. Please contact us for more information and a quotation.

For clients interested in more in-depth learning, Courtney offers half-day and day-long wine workshops designed to convey sommelier-caliber knowledge in an entertaining and memorable format. Workshops are designed to teach corporate or private groups the essentials they need to begin to better understand and appreciate wine in their everyday lives and business engagements. Topics covered include:

Beginning Wine Basics
Blind Tasting Technique
Buying & Serving
Food Pairing
Ordering & Dining Etiquette

Workshop programs are available upon request. Please contact us for more information and a quotation.

Courtney has created compelling, trend-savvy and critically-acclaimed wine lists for restaurant clients that include a San Francisco Chronicle Top 100 restaurant and groundbreaking cinema complex with sophisticated multi-venue food and beverage program. Her sommelier certification and knack for clear communication enable her to create memorable training programs for client service providers, while her deep network of wine distributors, brokers and sales professionals allows for efficient product procurement across a broad array of products, including highly allocated wines.

Please contact us for more information and to set up a free consultation.

Courtney is a freelance wine writer whose first book, "Hip Tastes: The Fresh Guide to Wine," was published October 4, 2007 by Viking Studio, part of Penguin Group (USA). The book is the recipient of the 2007 Georges Duboeuf Wine Book of the Year award and the San Francisco Chronicle enthused that owning it is like having "a sommelier in your pocket." Courtney is also the lead writer for popular wine travel portal and her work has appeared in Maxim.

Courtney is available for both short- and long-term writing engagements covering wine, travel and lifestyle-related topics.


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