Classes, Courses & Events

Whether you are a novice, an oenophile or hospitality professional, Crystal Palate will help take your wine knowledge to the next level through weekly wine tastings, immersive wine classes, WSET courses (see schedule below) and a meet the winemaker series. Reservations are required for all of our classes & events with the exception of our weekly tastings on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Our educational tastings are $10 per person. Buy any two bottles in the shoppe and receive a complimentary tasting. Club members receive complimentary tastings. Please note our weekly tasting hours are from 5pm-7pm on Wednesdays and 4pm-6pm on Saturdays.

Upcoming Classes & Events 

Rediscover Italy Series
Italian Series Classes: $55 General Admission/$45 Club Members
In each class, we will explore 6 wines from the highlighted region.
All classes run from 6:30pm-8:00pm
Call the shoppe at 757-264-5373 to reserve your seat. 

Friday September 27
Central Italy (Tuscany, Marche & Umbria)

Friday October 11
Northeast Italy (Veneto, Friuli & Alto Adige)

Friday October 18
Northwest Italy (Piedmont, Liguria & Lombardy)


Thursday October 3
Virginia is for Wine Lovers
Join Crystal around the farmhouse table for an in-depth discussion
and tasting of the 2019 Virginia Governor’s Cup Case.
Seating is limited for this tasting experience.
Tickets: $65 General Admission/$55 Members

Thursday October 17
Meet the Artist! Autumn 2019 elemental Salon Beverage Club Release
Find one-of-a-kind art pieces while sipping club wines!
Purchase club at the event to receive lowest pricing.

Three bottles of adventurous juice accompanied by frameable artwork, beverage stories, a featured recipe from Crystal Palate and a gourmet food item            $105/$90 salon & club members

Saturday October 19
“Best of” South America Sensory Event
Come taste what South America has to offer!
Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Uruguay
Paired with light bites.
$35 General Admission/$25 Club Members

Wednesday October 30
Halloween Spirits
Come taste some wickedly delicious aperitifs & digestifs

Friday November 8
Sherry & Tapas Happy Hour!
Celebrate International Sherry Week with Crystal Palate

Saturday November 16
The 10 Beaujolais Crus! - Sensory Event
Taste the differences in each of the crus! Paired with light bites.
$25 Members/$35 General Admission

Saturday December 7
The Annual Crystal Palate Bubbles Tasting – Sensory Event
Paired with light bites. $25 Members/$35 General Admission


Fall Course Dates

WSET Level 1 (One Day Class + Exam)
Monday September 9
Monday November 4

This class covers the main types of wine, the most common grape varieties, wine service, storing and serving wine, tasting technique, how to describe the smell and taste of wine, and the basics of pairing food and wine. During the class, students taste eight different wines. At the end of the day, students take a 45-minute, multiple choice exam. Those who pass the exam receive the WSET Level 1 Award in Wines.

Approximate Class Schedule
9:00 a.m. Class Begins
12:30 p.m. Class Breaks for Lunch
1:30 p.m. Class Resumes
2:30 p.m. Exam Begins
3:30 p.m. Exam Ends

WSET Level 2 (5 Week Class + Exam)
Monday September 16
Monday September 23
Monday September 30
Monday October 7
Monday October 14

Exam Date
Monday October 28

This 5-class course will be held at Crystal Palate Wine & Gourmet on the following dates: September 16, September 23, September 30, October 7, October 14 with the exam on October 28.  Each class meets from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.  The exam also begins at 6:00 p.m.

For detailed information about the WSET Level 2 Award in Wine & Spirits, please click here to download a PDF of the WSET’s Specification.

The aim of the course is to focus on the key grape varieties and regions of the world, as well as principal varieties of spirits. While the course provides an overview of the wines and spirits of the world, including main wine grapes and regions, it also covers factors affecting wine quality and style, grape growing, and basic winemaking practices. The course emphasizes tasting assessment and the skills required to describe the aromas and tastes of wine. It helps to develop fundamental tasting and assessment skills. During each session of the class, students taste 8-9 wines. The exam takes 1 hour and consists of 50 multiple choice questions. Those who pass the exam receive the WSET Level 2 Award in Wines and Spirits, an internationally recognized credential in the wine industry.

The course fee includes the 5 classes at Crystal Palate Wine & Gourmet; PDF copies of the class lectures; the WSET course book, study guide, and guide to the systematic approach to tasting wine; practice quizzes; 40 different wines; and the exam at Crystal Palate Wine & Gourmet.