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Jörn Kleinhans    

Certified Sommelier; Speaking Authority on Wine

Jörn Kleinhans is a certified specialist of wine and a certified sommelier, located in Newport Beach, California. As an independent sommelier -- certified by the Court of Master Sommeliers -- seminar instructor and professional speaker in the field of wine, he consults with leading hotels, major meeting planners and destination managers on the design of uniquely engaging and interactive events.

Mr. Kleinhans is the national authority on sommelier-guided wine tasting experiences. Most speeches and events are delivered to Fortune 500 corporations at hotel-based offsite meetings and conferences, often including live tastings for all attendees. Thousands of people have enjoyed these systematic presentations that address corporate objectives for education, high-end entertainment and building of social skills.

Signature event formats include:

  • Keynote Addresses on Wine of the World, and the Philosophy of Wine
  • Sommelier Panel Discussions (with our team of partner sommeliers)
  • Fully Sommelier-Guided Wine Dinners with Customized Discussion / Keynote
  • Region- or Grape Specific Wine Tasting Seminars with Q&A
  • Wine Etiquette Training for Professionals
  • Social Receptions with Walk-Around Wine Stations
  • Team-Building Events with Blending and Blind-Tasting

Kleinhans maintains ongoing client relationships with, e.g., the Ritz-Carlton, House of Blues Special Events, Live Nation, Boeing, Warner Bros, PIMCO, Merrill Lynch, Visa Inc, Smart & Final, MassMutual, Edwards Lifesciences, Aids Reseach Alliance, American Red Cross, The Patina Group and many more.

Mr. Kleinhans is the founder and owner of The Wine Elite, Southern California's high-end wine appreciation event producer, and has conducted more than 150 formal wine tastings for many thousands of wine students, collectors and business executive. His California events have received critical acclaim by several publications, including the Orange Coast Magazine, the OC Register and the Newport Beach Independent. The Wine Elite is regionally known for its compelling workshops to blind-tasting methodology.

Kleinhans, a CFA charterholder and former Fulbright scholar with a professional investment banking background, holds graduate degrees in finance and mathematics, and serves as the Vice Chairman of Board on the Board of Directors at the American Red Cross in Orange County. His former career in high finance allows him to speak to executive groups of the best American corporations at the same level.


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