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

Upcoming Classes & Events 

Thursday May 23 House Wine Party!
6:00pm-7:30pm
Stock up on your favorite house wines for the summer for all of your spontaneous friendly porch-parties, picnics, family gatherings, cookouts etc. Taste up to 15 wines for $15. All bottles retail at $15 and under. Plus, we'll have some seasonal close-outs on hand a great price to make room for new summer inventory.
Buy in multiples of 2. Pre-order on Thursday, pick up on Friday afternoon.
Members Complimentary / $15 General Admission

Thursday May 30
Gardens & Valleys Master Class
6:30-8:00pm
Join Sommeliers Crystal Cameron-Schaad & Tina Morey for an in-depth discussion and tasting on the historic wines of the Loire Valley. The Loire Valley is known as the Garden of France and is home to some of the most revered wines in the world. In this Master Class, you will taste 6 wines paired with cheese & charcuterie
$45 Members/$55 General Admission

Saturday June 15
Game of Rhones!
11:30am-1:00pm
Celebrate Father’s Day Weekend with an incredible line-up of Rhone Valley Wines. From North to South, we’ll be pouring 9 wines which will pair perfectly with all of your grilled summer meals.
$25 Members/$35 General Admission

Thursday June 27
Orange you Marvelous!
6:30pm-8:00pm

In this 90 minute class, Sommelier Tina Morey of #WineStudio will guide you through a fun and interactive tasting of 5 Orange Wines from around the world. You'll learn the history of this winemaking technique and discover why Orange wine is the next Rosé! Come find out why this his is the HOTTEST wine category and beloved by
somms worldwide.
$35 Members/$45 General Admission

Saturday July 6
American Made Sensory Event
11:30am-1:00pm
Join Crystal & Tina as we feature some fabulous Patriotic Pours from Coast to Coast. $25 Members/$35 General Admission

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 1 Upcoming Courses

Monday June 17 

Monday September 9

Monday November 4

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 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 events@crystalpalate.com

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.