Club Essence – Savor Life Through Wine is the first and only club of its kind dedicated to
experiencing life’s greatest pleasures through wine. There’s no cost – just FUN!!

Club Essence will transform your routine business meetings, dinners and personal
entertainment into extraordinary occasions though the wonders of wine.

Learn how to enjoy wine to its fullest. Share the experience with your friends, clients,
and the ones you love. Wine education is part of each event and is designed for the
enjoyment of novices and experts alike within the same group.


Club Essence Co-Founder and President Allen Balik will personally plan, accompany and
moderate each event. Click through to sign-up

Some of the benefits you will enjoy as a Club Essence member include:
• Personally tailored and escorted trips to “wine country” destinations
• Winemaker dinners, wine tastings and speakers for your meetings and special events
• Access to exclusive winery mailing lists and hard-to-find wines
• A year-round resource for special events, wines, and wine-related gifts
• Personal wine planning assistance for your private dinners and special events
• Website updates on recent tasting notes current “finds”
• Allen’s top-selling Guide to Choosing, Serving and Enjoying Wine will also be available in
personalized versions for gift-giving and wine education


Allen is a noted wine collector and recognized authority on California and European wines.
As a member of numerous tasting groups, Allen samples between 1,200 and 1,500 wines each
year, for pleasure and education. He also serves as a consultant for restaurant and retail store
buyers and evaluates wine for many panels and publications.

Allen is the Founder and Co-Chairman of A Culinary Evening with the California Winemasters –
a Wine Spectator
Top Ten Charity Wine Auction – that pairs the talents of 45 international chefs
with 70 of California’s finest wineries.

In his travels, Allen has toured wine growing areas around the world and tasted at numerous
wineries, chateaux, and domaines throughout the United States, France, Italy, Spain, Australia
and Chile.

Allen co-authored Guide to Choosing, Serving and Enjoying Wine. Rather than another wine
primer, the Guide demystifies wine, encouraging readers to try the beverage as a normal part
of their mealtime enjoyment.

Club Essence it is our goal to make the whole wine experience more enjoyable and exciting
while enhancing any meeting or meal. You’ll shine as you show your friends and clients how
to enjoy life’s greatest pleasures through wine.

Napa Valley alone hosts more than 4 million guests each year. You can experience this region
(as well as any other wine destination) in a completely unique style when you are a member
Club Essence!