Classes, Courses & Events

vWhether 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 winter tasting hours are from 5:00pm-7:00pm on Wednesdays and 4pm-6pm on Saturdays.

Upcoming Classes & Events 

Thursday April 25
Wine & Cheese Workshop
In this 90 minute workshop, Sommelier Crystal Cameron-Schaad will teach you how to create fabulous wine & cheese pairings for your next dinner party. We'll taste through a selection of decadent artisanal cheeses & accoutrements and pair each one with two different wines. You'll discover how structural elements of acidity, tannins & body in the wines play an integral role in creating harmonious pairings. We have limited seating available.
Tickets: $45 Club Members/$55 General Admission

Friday April 26
Meet the Winemaker - Nicolas Bauget from Champagne!
We are excited to welcome Nicolas Bauget from Bauget-Jouette out of Epernay, France this Friday April 26. We'll be tasting the NV Carte Blanche, the 2011  Vintage Blanc de Blanc and the 2013 Vintage Cuvee Jouette (a 50/50 blend of Pinot Noir & Chardonnay). This event is open house style, stop by anytime between 6:00pm-7:30pm for a fabulous taste of Champagne! Wines will be available for pre-order and can be picked up on Wednesday May 1.
Complimentary for Club Members/$10 General Admission 

Saturday April 27
A Rainbow of Rosés! 
Wine Tasting & Sensory Event
Join Sommeliers Crystal Cameron-Schaad & Tina Morey for our annual Rosé extravaganza! We’ll explore the many hues of the your favorite spring & summer wine. Grab your tickets today! This event will sell-out quickly. Members use your promo code to receive member rate on Eventbrite.
Tickets $25 Club Members/$35 General Admission

Thursday May 2
Swirl, Sip & Savor Through the Garden of France
11:30am, 2:00pm & 4:30pm
Join Crystal for an intimate and educational tasting experience around the farmhouse table and discover the hidden wine gems of the Loire Valley of France. The Loire Valley is known as the Garden of France and is home to some of the most revered wines in the world. This class will feature a sparkling wine as guests arrive and 3 wines with cheese pairings.

We will be offering three classes on Thursday May 2 as an added attraction to the Virginia Garden Tour taking place in the beautiful coastal neighborhood of East Beach.

Class times are 11:30am, 2:00pm, and 4:30pm. Each class is limited to 12 participants.


WSET Courses

Crystal Palate is now offering Wine Spirit & Education Trust (WSET) Level 1 & Level 2 courses as a satellite provider of the Capital Wine School. Tickets much be purchased online through the Capital Wine School.

WSET Level 1

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. Tuition for Level 1 is $315. Click on the date of your choice below to register for the course.

WSET Level 2

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. Tuition for Level 2 is $650. Click on the link below to register for the course. This is a 5 week course, plus exam. All class sessions are from 6pm-9pm.

WSET Level 2 Spring Course
This is a 5 week class, plus exam
Tuesday March 12
Tuesday March 19
Tuesday March 26
Tuesday April 2
Tuesday April 9
Tuesday April 23, Exam

WSET Level 2 Fall Course
Monday September 16
Monday September 23
Monday September 30
Monday October 7
Monday October 15
Monday October 28, Exam

Private Events & Workshops

We offer private wine workshops starting at $65 per person with a minimum of 6 guests.  We can also host receptions for up to 25 people.  Contact us for more information at 757-264-5373 or

Please call 757-264-5373 to reserve your seat. Advanced payment is required. Space is limited. All classes are held at Crystal Palate Wine & Gourmet located at 4500 Pretty Lake Avenue, Suite 104, Norfolk, Virginia.