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What it's all about 

If we may say so ourselves this event is the perfect blend of competition, education and fun. We shape every aspect of the event around giving you and your guests the best possible experience whilst simultaneously attaining the end-goals you have organised this event to achieve. We provide delicious food and complete event planning where we take all responsibility and take as much of the work off your shoulders as you'll let us. To cap the event off everyone will go home with a carefully chosen gorgeous gift bottle which will be ready to drink in 6 months and we will work with you to keep the event alive in the minds of all guests. This all starts at £325 per head with a minimum spend of £6,000 but can be supercharged for £375 per head with a minimum spend of £7,000. 
Our flagship event... 
Our wine tasting with the Tom Gilbey team was FANTASTIC. Truly a perfect blend of learning and laughing with some wonderfully selected special wine and food of course. Working with your team is a delight as it makes the planning and delivery seamless helping us all the way through the process and ensuring a venue and event that is fitting for the occasion and the clients that we wish to thank. This helps us to get a great turnout and make for an ideal event to connect our team with our partners and clients. It’s onwards and upwards from here. 
Donald MacDonald - Consilio 
We will greet you and your guests with fizz and canapés on arrival at 18h30. 
People are then divided into pre-arranged teams and captains, we are available to consult on what team compositions work best but the choice is yours. The blind wine tasting consists of 5 wines. 3 whites and 2 reds. These wines will be selected from all around the world. 
Scores are given after each wine and a tally of teams scores is kept throughout the evening. At the end we have a winning team, a runner up and of course a losing team. We have prizes for all! The tasting formalities run for about 90 minutes after which time, food platters are brought out and the host makes sure there is plenty of wine for everybody. 
More info is available in our FAQ's below. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
What our clients say 
“Tom Gilbey team’s wine events have brought us more business than any other activity in the last 18 months.” 
-Nick Panes, , VP Risk Investigations, Charles Rivers Associates 
 
 
 
 
 
 
FAQs 
When do you host these events and what is the ideal number of people? 
The Gilbey Connector is an evening event, run any day from Monday to Thursday evening. 
It is the perfect team building event and is great fun and interactive. 
 
Ideal numbers for a Gilbey Connector are 20 to 150 in cocktail style. 
What is the format for the wine dinner? 
We will greet you and your guests with fizz and canapés on arrival at 18h30. 
People are then divided into pre-arranged teams and captains, we are available to consult on what team compositions work best but the choice is yours. 
 
The blind wine tasting consists of 5 wines. 3 whites and 2 reds. These wines will be selected from all around the world. Teams will guess where it's from in the world, food pairings, the price and many other related topics. The host levels the playing field by helping teams that are struggling and serving curve-balls to those who are doing just a bit too well. The host also issues bonus points for awesome input and minus points for any bad behaviour and they have a whistle with them to call it out. 
 
Scores are given after each wine and a tally of teams scores is kept throughout the evening. At the end we have a winning team, a runner up and of course a losing team. We have prizes for all! 
 
The tasting formalities run for about 90 minutes after which time, food platters are brought out and the host makes sure there is plenty of wine for everybody. 
 
All guests also leave with a Gift box to take home with a lovely bottle of wine that has been carefully selected to come into its own 3-6 months after the event, to be opened and enjoyed as a reminder of the great event they enjoyed with you. This includes bespoke tasting notes. 
 
For the Super Charged Gilbey Connector, this gift box can also contain a note from you, with your company tag line and logo, as well as tasting notes written by the wine grower themselves. For the Super Charged Challenge, we offer the option to add your branding to the bag. 
 
We like to have these booked at least 3 weeks prior to the event date, but ideally for super charged 2 months prior, particularly if branding needs to be arranged. 
How long does it last? 
The entire event lasts 4 hours, although people are able to leave after the challenge is finished, about 2 hours in. 
 
Guests are invited to arrive at 18:30 for 19:00 prompt start with the host unless agreed otherwise. The host will be available at the venue from 18h00. 
WHAT DOES IT COST? (all prices are ex VAT) 
Our Standard Wine Challenge is £ 275 per head with a minimum spend of £ 6,000. The wine and food selection are excellent. 
 
Our Super Charged Wine Challenge is £ 400 per head with a minimum spend of £ 7,000. This event offers even better than excellent wine and food choices. 
 
We work with a number of world class venues around the city, but should you require a different venue, we are more than happy to accommodate your needs. 
 
The above pricing excludes venue hire, but includes catering of food, equipment, service and a beautiful gift box. 
 
Should you have a smaller budget, please chat to us about options. 
Do I have to know much about wine to enjoy it? 
Absolutely NOT! These are fun events, completely inclusive and often with a wine grower or a chef as well. 
How do you plan this event for us? 
Once the budget and date are finalised, we send out an agreement for signature and an invoice for a non-refundable deposit starting at £ 1,000 ex VAT. The balance is invoiced out immediately after the event and is payable within 7 days. 
 
We also share the attendee details list with you. This should be returned with everyone’s names and any special dietary requirements, at least 2 full weeks prior to the event for catering purposes. 
WHO PROVIDES THE EQUIPMENT? 
We make sure that everything is provided and you don’t need to worry about a thing, other than let us know your number of guests. 

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