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Taste of the Vine was founded in 1997 by Francis and Pam Gimblett, to stage occasions to heighten social connection though the medium of tasting. In its 26 years of operation its team of hosts have staged over 4,000 events for more than 1,500 clients.



Covid 19 changed things at Taste of the Vine. Fortunate that it was able to transfer its activities online, the company staged 420 events during lockdown. The process has given us the opportunity to stage in-person, virtual, as well as hybrid events.

Your Host: Francis Gimblett

1990s: Chef Training / Head Sommelier at the Grand, Brighton / Wine Chemistry / Wineries in Australia, California, Romania

1997: Founded Taste of the Vine with Pam Gimblett

2000s: Taste of the Vine performing 200+ events P.A. / Wine & Whisky Travel & Writing / Wine Course for a Winery / In and Out of Africa

2010s: Taste of the Vine events Continue / Gimblett Cheese Dairy / Gimblett's Guide to the Best of British Cheese

2020s: Taste of the Vine Online / Wild Weald / Taste of the Vine relaunched post pandemic

Your Event Manager: Pam Gimblett

After completing a degree in business and languages, Pam worked in the oil and gas industry before joining Francis to develop Taste of the Vine. Throughout the company's 26 years, she has been responsible for the logistics of all events, hosting cheese and cocktail formats, the company accounts, and being head cheesemaker at the Gimblett Cheese Dairy; all whilst never missing a beat in being mum to the couple's two children.

Friends of Taste of the Vine

Past event hosts (many of whom temporarily re-joined during the pandemic), event helpers and company contacts remain friends, and you may see them at your event. See the gallery below.


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