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2022 Spring Wine Education Series with Crystal Cameron-Schaad, DipWSET and Certified Sommelier

Join Crystal Cameron-Schaad, DipWSET and Certified Sommelier, for a three-part tasting experience featuring wines from Italy, France and Australia. 

Our in-person classes will be held at the Cavalier Golf & Yacht Club on Wednesdays beginning March 23. We’ll begin each session with a cocktail reception featuring a glass of sparkling wine from the respective region and hors d’oeuvres. Each workshop will feature a guided tasting experience of four wines with light bite pairings.

Wednesday, March 23 – 6:00pm – Tuscan Treasures

Our three-part series begins in Tuscany with a comparative tasting of Sangiovese. In this session you’ll taste through 4 wines including a Chianti Classico and Brunello di Montalcino. Come discover the many styles of this iconic grape!

Wednesday, March 30 – 6:00pm – Burgundy Beautiful

Rediscover two classic grapes in our Burgundy Beautiful tasting experience.  Crystal will lead you through a comparative tasting of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Come discover the difference that terroir, aspect, climate and winemaking technique have on these classic wines from the same region!

Wednesday, April 6 – 6:00pm – Rediscover Australia

While Australia has become synonymous with Shiraz, there are so many wines to discover in the Land Down Under! We’ll be featuring a dry-Riesling and three robust reds for this course. The Southern Hemisphere is filled with intriguing wines and great values!


Crystal Cameron-Schaad, owns Crystal Palate Wine & Gourmet located in the beautiful coastal community of East Beach in Norfolk, Virginia. Crystal is a Diploma graduate with the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) out of London. The DipWSET credential is considered the gold standard for the international Wine & Spirits trade. 10,000 wine professionals have earned this accolade worldwide since the program began in 1969. She is also a nominated wine educator with the WSET and is now offering professional courses here in Hampton Roads as a satellite provider for the Capital Wine School. In addition to her credentials with the WSET, Crystal is a certified sommelier with the Court of Master Sommeliers and a keynote speaker. Crystal is a member of the Guild of Sommeliers and the Society of Wine Educators.




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