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, professional wine courses 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

January 2019
The Iberian Peninsula
Join us during the month of January as we explore the historic regions of Spain & Portugal.

Weekly Tastings
Wednesday 5:00pm – 7:00 pm
Saturday 4:00pm – 6:00pm
Each week, we will feature four wines at our Wednesday & Saturday tastings. You may be familiar with Rioja, but did you know that Spain has the most land under vine than any other country? From  exceptional wines from the cool climate of Rias Biaxas along the Atlantic Coast to the hot, arid climate of Alicante,  there is so much to explore!

Plus, we’ll take a deep dive into the wine of Portugal. Did you know that the Douro Valley is the oldest demarcated wine region in the world? As the global market has moved away from sweet dessert wines, there is a renaissance of great value table wine being produced in Portugal. Come join us for a tasting or a class and experience for yourself what all the buzz is about.

Thursday, January 17
Explore Spain
Join Crystal around the farmhouse table for an intimate and educational discussion on the wines of Spain. We’ll begin by exploring the coastal wines of Rias Biaxas and the Basque Country. Then Crystal will take your palate on a journey discovering the many flavors of red wines produced from Ribero del Duero, Priorat and Alicante.
Tickets: $45 Club Members / $55 General Admission

Thursday January 24
Explore Rioja
Now that you have had a crash course on the wines & history of Spain, Crystal will take you on an in-depth journey through the wines of Rioja. You many not think of white wines when you hear Rioja, but they are producing some exceptional white wines that you should know about. In this class, you’ll learn all about the different microclimates of Rioja Baja, Rioja Alta & Rioja Alavesa. Plus, You’ll discover how oak ageing plays a major role in the quality levels and ageing potential of the wines produced from the Tempranillo grape.
Tickets: $45 Club Members / $55 General Admission

Thursday January 31
Explore Portugal
Long known for its exquisite fortified wines, the wine scene in Portugal is experiencing a renaissance of amazing table wines from great every day value driven wines to full-bodied tannic reds with great longevity.
Tickets: $45 Club Members / $55 General Admission

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.

Crystal Palate will begin offering Wine Spirit & Education Trust (WSET) Level 1 & Level 2 courses in 2019.
Stay tuned for a class schedule.