Napa Valley Wine Academy

Explore our Distinguished Faculty

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Explore Our Distinguished Faculty: Masters in the Art of Wine and Spirits Education

At our esteemed institution, we take pride in our faculty’s unparalleled qualifications in the realm of wine and spirits education. Our team boasts an impressive array of certifications, reflecting a deep commitment to both the theory and practice of oenology and viticulture.

Prestigious Certifications Held by Our Faculty

  • Master of Wine: Awarded by the Institute of Master of Wine, this prestigious certification marks our faculty as experts in the wine field.
  • Master Sommelier: Accredited by the Court of Master Sommeliers, this title represents the pinnacle of professional wine service and knowledge.
  • Level 4 Diploma in Wine & Spirits: Issued by the Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET), this diploma signifies comprehensive education in wine and spirits.
  • Certified Wine Educator and Certified Specialist of Wine: These certifications, granted by the Society of Wine Educators, underscore our faculty’s in-depth understanding and teaching prowess in wine.
  • Culinary Institute of America Certificates: Our faculty also holds specialized certificates from The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone, merging culinary arts with wine education.

Our Philosophy and Approach

  • Passion for Wine and Spirits: We are not just educators; we are fervent lovers of wine and spirits. This passion is the cornerstone of our teaching and engagement with the subject.
  • Active Industry Involvement: Our instructors are not only academically proficient but also actively engaged in the wine and spirits industry. This professional involvement enriches our curriculum with real-world insights.
  • Commitment to Knowledge Sharing: We are dedicated to disseminating our extensive knowledge, ensuring that our students gain a profound and practical understanding of wine and spirits.
  • Innovative Teaching Techniques: Our educational approach is both interactive and innovative, tailored to empower students to excel in wine exams and in their future careers.
  • Multilingual Education: Recognizing the global nature of the wine industry, we offer WSET Levels 1 & 2 certification courses, among others, in English, Spanish, and German, catering to a diverse student body.

Join Us for an Unrivaled Educational Journey Embark on a journey of discovery with our distinguished faculty. Whether you’re aspiring to become a certified expert or simply wish to deepen your appreciation for wine and spirits, our comprehensive and dynamic programs are designed to meet your goals. Join us and unlock the secrets of wine and spirits under the guidance of the industry’s finest.

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Bree Boskov, MW

Master of Wine, dipWSET, WSET Certified Educator, Instructor

Stacy Briscoe

Stacy Briscoe, dipWSET

dipWSET, Wine-Writer, Instructor​

2022 Wine Enthusiast Future 40

Desiree Harrison-Brown

WSET Level 3 Certified Instructor

Nova Cadamatre MW

Nova Cadamatre, MW

Master of Wine, dipWSET, WSET Certified Educator, Instructor


Catherine Bugue, dipWSET

Chief Education Officer/Co-Founder, dipWSET, WSET Certified Educator, , IWP

Janet Casey

Janet Casey, dipWSET

dipWSET, Master of Wine Candidate, Director of Curriculum & Development, Instructor

Vanessa Conlin MW

Vanessa Conlin, MW

dipWSET, Master of Wine, Instructor

Jean Cox

Jean Cox

WSET Level 3 Certified, WSET Certified Educator, FWS, SWS, Certified Sommelier , Instructor

Jonathan Frost

Jonathan Frost, dipWSET

dipWSET, Winemaker, Instructor

Tim Gaiser, MAster Sommelier

Tim Gaiser, MS

Master Sommelier- Instructor, Member of the Board of Advisers

Noelle Hale dipWSET

Noelle Hale, dipWSET

dipWSET,  Diploma Manager, Instructor

Tim Hanni MW

Tim Hanni, MW

Master of Wine, C.W.E, Instructor

Jess Helfand dipWSET

Jess Helfand, dipWSET

Instructor, dipWSET, WSET Certified Educator

Csilla Kato

Csilla Kato, dipWSET

dipWSET, FWS, Winemaker, Instructor

Erin Kirschenmann

Erin Kirschenmann, dipWSET

dipWSET, WSET Certified Educator, Instructor


Peter Marks, MW

Master of Wine, WSET Certified Educator, VP of Education & Partner

Mary Margaret McCamic MW

Mary Margaret McCamic, MW

Master of Wine, dipWSET, WSET Certified Educator, Instructor


Christian Oggenfuss, dipWSET

CEO & Founder – dipWSET, WSET Certified Educator

Liz fPirnat dipWSET

Liz Pirnat, dipWSET

dipWSET, F.W.S, WSET Certified Educator, Instructor

Kryss Spiegel

Kryss Speegle, MW

Master of Wine, dipWSET, WSET Certified Educator, Instructor

Stephen Staples

Stephen Staples, dipWSET

dipWSET, Advanced Cicerone, Instructional Designer, Instructor

Clare Tooley

Clare Tooley, MW

Master of Wine, Educator, Author, Instructor

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Toshio Ueno, dipWSET

dipWSET, 酒匠 Master of Sake, SSI 日本酒学講師 Certified Sake Educator, SSI WSET Certified Sake Educator, WSET L3 Spirits Educator

Monika Vescovi

Monika Bielka-Vescovi, dipWSET

dipWSET, Master of Wine Candidate, WSET Certified Educator,Instructor,


Karen Wetzel

WSET Certified Educator, Instructor

Diane Wu

Diane Wu, dipWSET

dipWSET, Winemaker, Educator, Master of Wine Candidate​

Gus Zhu

Gus Zhu, MW

Master of Wine, dipWSET, WSET Certified Educator, Instructor


Cancellations of confirmed in-person course enrollments and workshops are accepted up to 60 days before the start of the course. An administration fee of $50 plus the full cost of the study materials and exam fees will be deducted, and the remainder of the course fee refunded to the payee. Separate WSET exam cancellation/transfer rules apply.
Transfers of a confirmed enrollment to another course are accepted 60 days before the course start date with an administration fee of $50.

Cancellations less than 60 days before the in-person course start date or course no shows forfeit any refund/transfer options unless students can provide medical documentation. If medical documentation is provided, students can be transferred to a later course. No refunds will be applied.

Course Transfers cannot be carried forward to the next academic year (which commenced on January 1).

Students are highly encouraged to purchase separate travel insurance.

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Flamingo Hotel Las Vegas

Your WSET Level 3 exam will take place on

February 12, 2023 at 10:00 AM (Pacific)


3555 Las Vegas Blvd

Las Vegas, NV 89109


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Mariott Santa Ynez

Your WSET Level 3 exam will take place on

April 23, 2023 at 10:00 AM (Pacific)


555 McMurray Road

Buelton, CA 93427


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Art Hotel Denver

Your WSET Level 3 exam will take place on

March 5, 2023 at 10:00 AM (Mountain)


1201 Broadway

Denver, CO 80203


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Aloft Nashville

Your WSET Level 3 exam will take place on

February 12, 2023 at 10:00 AM (Central)


1719 West End Ave.

Nashville, TN 37203


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Epicurean Hotel

Your WSET Level 3 exam will take place on

March 19, 2023 at 10:00 AM (Eastern)


1207 S Howard Ave,

Tampa, FL 33606


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Street View of HQ

Your WSET Level 3 exam will take place on

January 22, 2023 at 10:00 AM (Pacific)


2501 Oak Street

Napa, CA 94559