Sommelier Services

Want to throw an awesome wine event but unsure how to pull it off?

What kind of event to throw? Where do I buy the wine? What about glasses? How do I pair the wine with the food?

Have a nationally recognized sommelier handle all the details.

We have one of the best sommeliers in the business.

Andrey Ivanov, Advanced Sommelier

National Sales Manager, Bliss Wine Imports

Andrey has achieved the Advanced Sommelier certification through the Court of Master Sommeliers and has passed two of the three portions of the Master Sommelier Diploma.

His sommelier career stretches back to 2009 in St. Louis, MO and he has recently moved to the San Francisco Bay Area to work with Bliss full-time. For years, he has been recognized as one of the country's top sommeliers through national competitions and by national press.

Accomplishments & Recognition
  • Food & Wine Magazine Top Sommeliers of the Year: 2016
  • Wine Enthusiast Magazine Top 40 Under 40 Tastemakers: 2015
  • Wine Enthusiast Magazine Top 100 Wine Restaurants in America: Reeds American Table: 2016, 2017
  • Wine Enthusiast Magazine Top 100 Wine Restaurants in America: Elaia & Olio: 2014, 2015
  • Top Somm National Sommelier Championship: 3rd Place (2015)
  • Top New Somm: Midwest Regional Winner: 2014, 2013, 2012
  • Chaine des Rotisseurs Best Young Sommelier Competition National Championship Winner: 2015
  • Chaine des Rotisseurs Best Young Sommelier Competition National Championship 2nd Place: 2014
  • Wine & Spirits Magazine Best New Sommelier: 2013
Andrey & Bliss

Andrey first connected with Bliss Wine Imports after he toured Portugal and fell in love with wines from producer João Tavares de Pina, for whom Bliss had just become the exclusive United States importer. From there Andrey became our first restaurant customer, and later our first full-time employee. He has realized that bringing great wines to the public is his professional passion. He now plays the critical role of National Sales Manager and assists Alleah in choosing new wines for the portfolio through research and travel.

Sommelier Services

Wine events may include:
  • In-home tastings
  • Office parties
  • Private dinners, including working with your chef on pairings for the dinner
  • Corporate retreats
  • Any other gathering of fun persons interested in some great wines.
Wine options:
  • Use your own cellar
  • The Bliss Wine Imports portfolio featuring natural and off-the-beaten path wines from across the world hand sourced by us.
  • Traditional Napa including current and older vintage wines from Robert Keenan Winery
  • Classic old-world wines from France, Spain, and Italy with some bottle age.
  • Any other custom program based on availability.
We take care of the details:
  • Wine Delivery
  • Glassware rental and delivery
  • Decanters, and any other materials necessary for wine service
  • Options for purchasing more wines if they are a hit

Contact Us

If you are interested in having Andrey at your next event, send an email to with the dates, event details and contact information and we will schedule a brief consultation.