The Wine Key is a wine education & consulting business based in Sausalito, California and hosts events around the country. The Wine Key lead by Founder Charlotte Chipperfield, is on a mission to make wine less intimidating and to enrich lives one sip or click at a time! 

Learn to navigate the world of wine with The Wine Key's online resources such as tips for purchasing, how to read wine labels, webinars or by attending live classes.

The Wine Key also offers social media and marketing consulting to wine related businesses such as wineries, wine bars, and restaurants.

MEET CEO & Founder,


As the Founder of The Wine Key I have seen a disconnect between wine knowledge and the enjoyment of wine through my 10 years' experience in the wine industry and hospitality. I have worked as a Cellar Rat, (Yep! That's a real job title), Tasting Room Manager, Sommelier, Wine Writer, Marketer and Wine Judge. These experiences lead to the creation of The Wine Key, a place where wine lovers can learn about wine regardless of knowledge level, helping to bridge the gap by removing the pretentiousness which only serves to intimidate.

When it comes down to it, wine is much more than a beverage. It has been enjoyed for thousands of years and transcends through history, culture, traditions, languages and food. It is a way of understanding where we came from, who we are and where we are going. Wine is a form of communication, expression and a source of utter enjoyment. That is why I not only teach about wine but also offer consulting services to wineries and wine related businesses to help them tell their story and grow their fan base. 

When I'm not writing, teaching, consulting or judging wine, I serve as Marketing Director for Women of Wine Sense, San Francisco Chapter, speak French, love to travel and compete in open water swims. And when I'm not drinking copious amounts of wine, I drink scotch and sparkling water. 

You can always reach me at charlotte@the-wine-key.com

I look forward to connecting and building meaningful wine experiences together!


Charlotte Chipperfield