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 February 21
 Classic Red Wines of the World
In this class, you’ll learn the origin of the most popular red wines, the flavor profiles associated with each grape, which regions produce the best styles and how to pair these wines for your next dinner party.
Tickets: $45 Club Members / $55 General Admission

Saturday March 2
Après Ski Wine Tasting & Sensory Event
For our 2019 kick-off event, we'll be visiting ski regions around the world! Join Sommeliers Crystal Cameron-Schaad and Tina Morey as we explore which wine regions sport the Après Ski mindset > skiing, warming fires, wine! No matter if you ski or not, wine and snacks are always welcome at the end of the day. Come explore some fabulous mountain wines and learn how high altitiude can produce some of the world's most stunning wines. As always, we'll be tasting and sniffing through our Sensory Table to reflect what's in our glasses.
Tickets: $25 Club Members/$35 General Admission

WSET Courses

Crystal Palate will begin offering Wine Spirit & Education Trust (WSET) Level 1 & Level 2 courses in March 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
Monday March 4

WSET Level 1
Monday April 15

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.

WSET Level 2
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

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.