Napa Valley Wine Academy

Master Classes

Monthly In-Person Master Classes with top specialists in the world

Meet Masters of Wine, Ph.D.’s, and study from the most experienced specialists in the industry.

Master Classes

$129.00

 Monthly Masterclasses with top specialists in the world.

Meet Masters of Wine, Ph.D.’s, and study from the most experienced specialists in the industry.

Join fellow wine students and enthusiasts for a deep dive on exciting wine topics and interactive tastings. These master classes change monthly and are designed for those who want an educational experience and tastings.

Master Classes are limited to 14 guests. Buy in advance to ensure your spot.

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Tuesday June 4, 2024 6 PM

Rioja Masterclass
with Marqués de Murrieta & Arthur de Lencquesaing

Join us for an exclusive journey through the historical terroirs of Rioja as we delve into the prestigious wines of Marqués de Murrieta. Led by the esteemed Arthur de Lencquesaing, this masterclass promises to be an unforgettable exploration of the essence and heritage of one of Rioja’s most revered wineries.

Renowned wine critic Jancis Robinson has hailed Marqués de Murrieta as belonging to “the Rioja aristocracy,” while Karen MacNeil lauds it as “one of the oldest and most prestigious bodegas in Rioja.” Prepare to experience firsthand the rich tradition and unparalleled craftsmanship that define this esteemed estate.

At the heart of Marqués de Murrieta’s portfolio lies the iconic Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva Especial, a wine that has captivated enthusiasts around the globe with its timeless elegance and complexity. Discover the story behind this legendary label and understand why it continues to hold a place of honor among Rioja’s finest expressions.

But the allure of Marqués de Murrieta extends beyond its flagship Gran Reserva.
Among its esteemed releases, the “Dalmau” Reserva stands as a testament to the estate’s commitment to innovation and excellence. Incorporating a proportion of Cabernet Sauvignon and aged in French barriques, this wine showcases the marriage of tradition and modernity that defines Marqués de Murrieta’s approach.

Thursday June 20, 2024 6 PM

Rhône Blends Around the World
with Peter Marks MW

The remarkable wines of the Rhone Valley in France have inspired many around the world to duplicate their success. Who are these so-called Rhone Rangers, and where are they? You’ll find out as we unearth the best examples and the impressive range of Rhone-style white, red, and rosé wines made in France and around the world.

6 PM arrival, 6:15 start.

Masterclass

$129.00

Tuesday June 25, 2024 6 PM

Madeira
with Nelson Caldo

Join us for the Madeira Masterclass and embark on a the journey to the picturesque island of Madeira with renowned producers Cossart Gordon and Miles Madeira Wine. Our esteemed guest speaker, Nelson Caldo, will guide you through an exploration of the distinctive styles, grape varieties, and vintages that make Madeira wines so unique. Discover the legacy of Cossart Gordon & Co., the oldest shippers of Madeira wine. Established in 1745 by Scotsmen Francis Newton and William Gordon, and later joined by William Cossart in 1808, this historic company built its reputation as suppliers of the finest Madeiras, largely due to their trade relationships with the American colonies. Don’t miss this opportunity to delve into the rich history and exquisite flavors of Madeira wine!

6 PM arrival, 6:15 start.

Masterclass

$129.00

Thursday July 25, 2024 6 PM

China
with Gus Zhu MW

Over the last decade, mainland China has witnessed a wine production transformation at a pace surpassing that of any other region worldwide. Despite this remarkable evolution, Chinese wines are seldom encountered in international markets beyond China. Seize this unique opportunity to join Gus Zhu, Master of Wine, in exploring a diverse array of Chinese wines that are nearly impossible to procure in the United States. Gain insights into the distinct terroir and the Chinese wine industry, which diverges significantly from practices elsewhere in the world.

6 PM arrival, 6:15 start.

Masterclass

$129.00

Friday October 25, 2024 6 PM

Champagne Day
with Monika Bielka-Vescovi DipWSET

We know that the world of champagne can be a little confusing. That’s why we created this event for you. You will learn about all the different types of champagne, from single varietal to blends and nonvintage to vintage. You will also get an opportunity to taste them all!
This event will teach you everything you need to know about this iconic drink so that when it’s time for your own celebration, you’ll feel confident ordering a bottle of this famous bubbly for yourself or your guests. And if all else fails, we’ve got some great ideas on how to make any day feel like Champagne Day!

6 PM arrival, 6:15 start.

Masterclass

$129.00

Thursday November 21, 2024 6 PM

Beaujolais and Beaujolais Nouveau
with Peter Marks MW

Once underappreciated, the wines of Beaujolais and the versatile Gamay grape are now revered by consumers and experts alike. Beaujolais offers just about everything one could ask for in a wine – drinkability, fruitiness, structure, and at an affordable price. Come and discover the great gems and producers of this transformative region as we taste the just-released Beaujolais Nouveau up to and including the incredible Crus of Beaujolais.

6 PM arrival, 6:15 start.

Masterclass

$129.00

Thursday December 5, 2024 6 PM

Rioja
with Monika Bielka-Vescovi DipWSET

Have you heard of the Spanish wine revolution? Join us for an exciting seminar to explore the six major trends currently taking the spotlight in Rioja. Learn about the new labeling laws that showcase the place of origin and how this impacts the perception of Rioja wines. Discover the approval of resurrected native and international grape varieties, which has resulted in the growth of white wine sales. Understand the importance of establishing the phrase “Viñedo Singular” and how it designates a special vineyard to reveal a sense of place. Explore the exciting approval of the production and sale of Rioja sparkling wines, as well as the growth in rosé wine production. Finally, learn about the marked return to the heritage of old vines and how it is impacting the quality and flavor of Rioja wines. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to discover the latest trends in the Rioja region and taste some of the finest wines the area has to offer. Join Monika Bielka-Vescovi – Rioja Wine Educator and elevate your wine knowledge to the next level!

6 PM arrival, 6:15 start.

What you need to know about Master Classes

IN-PERSON COURSE & WORKSHOP REFUNDS & TRANSFERS

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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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2501 Oak Street

Napa, CA 94559

 

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