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Spring 2021 Wine Workshop 3-Part Series with Crystal Cameron-Schaad, DipWSET

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Gather with your friends and join us for three informative virtual wine classes this spring in the privacy of your home.  Crystal Cameron-Schaad will immerse you in the world of wine, one sip at a time, providing  valuable knowledge for an oenophile of any level. Each class will feature four expertly chosen bottles of wine from three popular European wine regions – perfect for four to six guests for each signup.

Thursday, April 1 – 6:45pm – A Taste of Rioja

Our three-part series begins in Spain with a comparative tasting of Rioja Crianza, Rioja Reserva and Rioja Gran Reserva. You’ll discover how oak integration and bottle age play an integral role in the flavors you experience in each glass. We’ll kick things off with a Rioja Blanco as an aperitif before we dive into our comparative tasting.

Thursday, April 8 – 6:45pm – A Taste of Southern France

Join Crystal for a virtual getaway to the majestic wine regions of Southern, France. For this workshop, you will have an opportunity to taste through the crown jewels of Southern, France including a Chateauneuf-du-Pape.

Thursday, April 15 – 6:45pm – A Taste of Piedmont

We’ll close out our tasting series with a trip to Piedmont, Italy. While this region is perhaps best known for the age-worthy and powerhouse wines of Barbaresco and Barolo, there is so much more to discover here. This series will include a rare white varietal that was on the brink of extinction, a perfect pizza pairing and a comparative tasting of two wines made from the Nebbiolo grape. 

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, a keynote speaker and podcast host of Crystal Palate’s Wine Country.  Crystal is a member of the Guild of Sommeliers and the Society of Wine Educators.

The price for the series is $300 and includes 12 bottles of hand selected premium wine, three interactive instruction sessions via ZOOM and class materials. One purchase covers your entire group for three classes! All wine and login instructions will be delivered locally only in advance of the first class.



Would you like to add some charcuterie? For an additional $100 you will get an assortment of artisanal cheeses and charcuterie for four guests to pair with the wines for each evening. These items are vacuum sealed and will include a variety of special cheeses, nuts, cured meats and jams.

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We look forward to seeing you soon!

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