Welcome to Crystal Palate

Welcome! I am Crystal Cameron-Schaad, the owner and sommelier of Crystal Palate. I am so grateful you are here. I created Crystal Palate in 2013. We are a wine education, consulting and multi-media company based in Coastal Virginia.

Multi-Media Services

What started as a wine education and private events business has evolved into a multi-media company. Over the past few years I discovered there was a great opportunity to help wineries and other related wine businesses promote their products and services. Since I come from a news media and communications background I thought this was the perfect pairing of my vast media skills and wine expertise. My goal is to provide educational and engaging content for the wine industry from someone who speaks their language but also has the ability to break down the complex science of winemaking into engaging content for consumers. My company offers an array of multi-media services specifically designed to help promote the wine industry including podcasts, digital shorts and freelance writing projects (blogs, press releases and newsletters).

Radio Show Host

I also went back to my broadcasting roots in July 2016 and  launched a wine and lifestyle radio show, Crystal Palate’s Wine Country, which airs Saturday mornings at 8:30am on Cville 107.5 and 1260 WCHV in the Charlottesville, Virginia market. You can stream the show live anywhere in the country by downloading the Tune In App.  The show primarily focuses on Virginia’s growing and dynamic wine industry.

Keynote Speaker & Wine Consultant

I am also a keynote speaker specializing in wine education presentations, a wine consultant, freelance wine writer and a wine contributor for hrScene, an affiliate of WAVY-TV.

Whether you are interested in growing your business with interactive podcasts and engaging videos, adding a unique wine presentation to your next corporate event or wine consulting and menu planning, Crystal Palate has you covered.

“Crystal is a wine goddess. She is amazingly knowledgeable, incredibly well-poised, and so articulate when it comes to wine that you can tell that it is her passion through and through.” – Katie & Van Smith, Richmond, VA 

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“Crystal is not only extremely knowledgeable about wine, all types and from many regions, she also made the evening fun and entertaining! She shared information about the wines so that the novice felt included and the experienced felt challenged.” ~ Bob Howard, Virginia Beach, VA 

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Contact Crystal Palate

Contact us for more information about speaking engagements, private wine events or consulting services by calling us at (757) 337-5322 today.

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