Napa Valley Wine Academy

WSET Wine, Spirits, Sake, Beer Educational Videos

Embark on a journey into the heart of wine education with the Napa Valley Wine Academy’s WSET wine school online videos. Our wine academy, renowned for its expertise and prestige, offers a range of WSET-certification courses now accessible through our online platform.

Tailored for both beginners and seasoned wine experts, these videos provide a comprehensive exploration of our WSET Wine education programs, viticulture, wine tasting, and global wine regions. Learn from industry-leading experts and immerse yourself in the rich world of wine, all from the comfort of your home.

Join the Napa Valley Wine Academy’s community today and elevate your understanding and enjoyment of wine with our engaging and informative WSET wine school online videos.

WSET Wine Videos

This week, let’s talk White Wine tasting with Peter Marks MW and Catherine Bugue, our VP of Education…
Our VP of Education Catherine Bugue and Peter Marks MW will be walking you through WSET Level 3 tasting note for white wine using the SAT (Systematic Approach to Tasting)…

Join Stacy as she dives into the fascinating world of wine with our WSET Wine Level 1 course. In this episode, Stacy explores the critical stage of grape development that significantly impacts the wine-making process. Although not explicitly covered in WSET Level 1, she provides a foundational understanding of the natural phenomenon behind the color change in grapes.

This insight enriches your learning experience and prepares you for a deeper understanding of wine production. Whether you’re a beginner or looking to refresh your knowledge, this episode is essential viewing for anyone interested in the art and science of wine.

Discover the secrets behind the color transformation in grapes and how it influences the characteristics of your favorite wines. Perfect for students preparing for the WSET Level 1 exam or wine enthusiasts looking to deepen their understanding.

Join Desiree in this enlightening episode as she dives deep into the fascinating world of Veraison, a pivotal moment in the grape growing season. Discover the secrets behind the color transformation in grapes, an essential phase for winemakers and viticulturists. Whether you’re a wine enthusiast, a student of viticulture, or simply curious about the natural processes that impact the taste and quality of your favorite wines, this video is for you!

In this detailed exploration at WSET Wine Level 2, Desiree breaks down the science of Veraison, explaining why and how grapes change color, what this means for the wine-making process, and how different environmental factors can influence this critical period. Derived from Level 2 online materials, this video provides an accessible yet comprehensive overview of Veraison, ensuring you walk away with a deeper appreciation and understanding of wine production.

In this comprehensive video, Jess imparts crucial wisdom from the Level 3 Workshop course, guiding you through what you need to prepare for and what you should realistically expect in the exam. Whether you’re a seasoned wine enthusiast or stepping into the world of wine education, this video is your ultimate guide to acing the WSET Wine Level 3 Exam.

Key Highlights:

  • Understand the core elements of the WSET Level 3 syllabus.
  • Discover Jess Helfand’s expert strategies for exam preparation and success.
  • Learn the difference between what you should prepare for and what you should expect, straight from the L3 Workshop insights.
  • Get answers to common questions and misconceptions about the exam.

Join Jess Helfand, a renowned DipWSET-certified wine expert, as she delves into the heart of Tuscany’s viniculture in our comprehensive WSET Level 3 online course. Discover the rich heritage and exquisite flavors of Tuscany’s most celebrated grape, Sangiovese, and its legendary product, Chianti wine. This educational journey is tailored for wine enthusiasts and connoisseurs alike, offering an in-depth exploration of the region’s viticultural history, the unique characteristics of Sangiovese grapes, and the meticulous process behind crafting the world-renowned Chianti.

Whether you’re a budding sommelier or a seasoned wine lover, this course will enhance your understanding and appreciation of Tuscan wines. Learn about the geographical nuances of the Chianti region, the impact of climate on grape cultivation, and the art of wine tasting from an expert’s perspective. Jess Helfand brings her extensive knowledge and passion directly to you, providing a rich, immersive experience into the world of Tuscan wines.

WSET Spirits Videos


Join Liz Pirnat, certified in WSET Level 3 Spirits, as she delves into the fascinating world of Caribbean rum production in this educational video, a snapshot of our WSET Spirits Level 1 online course. As an expert in spirits, Liz offers a comprehensive guide to the traditional and modern techniques used in the Caribbean to create rum from sugar cane juice.

In this video, Liz covers the part of the production process, starting from the cultivation of sugar cane in the lush Caribbean landscapes to the distillation processes that vary from island to island, giving each rum its unique flavor profile. She will explain the significance of factors such as fermentation, aging, and blending in the creation of premium rums.

This video is not only a must-watch for those studying for the WSET Spirits Level 1 student, but also for anyone interested in the rich history and intricate processes behind one of the Caribbean’s most famous exports. Whether you’re a spirits enthusiast, a professional in the drinks industry, or a curious learner, Liz’s insights will enhance your understanding of rum production and appreciation for this beloved spirit.

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Originating from the Cognac region in France, this exquisite spirit is crafted from specific grape varieties, primarily Ugni Blanc, and goes through a meticulous double distillation process in copper pot stills. This course excerpt is a sneak peak behind the scenes of what is covered in the WSET Level 1 Spirits courses described below.

For WSET Level 1 Spirits students, we cover the fundamentals: what Cognac is, its geographical origin, and the basic production processes. This provides a solid foundation for understanding this prestigious spirit.

Advancing to WSET Level 2 Spirits, the video delves deeper into the aging process, the significance of different Cognac grades (VS, VSOP, XO), and how these affect flavor profiles and quality distinctions. We also discuss the historical context and how Cognac has become a symbol of luxury and craftsmanship worldwide.


TasteCoach™ WSET Exam Prep Wine Kits

Our TasteCoach™ Wine Kit is designed to enhance your wine tasting skills and deepen your understanding of wines from around the world.

About the TasteCoach™ Wine Kit:

The TasteCoach Wine Kit is your essential companion for WSET study levels 2 to 4. This comprehensive kit includes tools specifically designed to help you practice and perfect the WSET Systematic Approach to Tasting®. With our kit, you can confidently prepare for your tasting exams and develop a more nuanced appreciation of wine.  Click Here for more information on TasteCoach™

With TasteCoach™, you gain exclusive access to our comprehensive eLearning materials, structured to support your unique WSET tasting goals. Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned enthusiast, choose your path with TasteCoach™:

  1. Walkthrough Path: Calibrate your palate according to the WSET Level 2, 3, or 4 Systematic Approach to Tasting grids. Build your confidence and expertise in crafting precise WSET tasting notes while pinpointing areas for improvement in your tasting skills.

  2. WSET Exam Prep Path: Put your knowledge to the test with our simulated exam-style scenarios tailored for WSET Level 3 or 4. Experience real exam conditions with automatic grading and detailed feedback to help you track your progress, identify your strengths and weaknesses, and ensure you’re fully prepared for exam day.

Enhance Your WSET Diploma Tasting Skills with TasteCoach™:

Opt for the level that aligns with your WSET Diploma studies – for Level 3 or Level 4 Diploma as you require, and immerse yourself in an exam-centric preparation environment. 

Engage in a mock exam scenario that closely mirrors the actual WSET tasting exam, challenging your abilities under realistic conditions. With TasteCoach’s instant grading and detailed feedback, monitor your development, pinpoint strengths and areas for improvement, and gauge your exam readiness to ensure optimal performance on the big day.

Don’t leave your WSET exam success to chance. Elevate your wine tasting skills with TasteCoach™ and step into your exam with confidence. Select your TasteCoach™ path today and start your journey to wine mastery.

WSET Wine Trips & Napa WSET Bootcamps


Embark on a thrilling journey with the Napa Valley Wine Academy’s students as they take you through their unforgettable Wine Trip to Mendoza, Argentina. This unique educational expedition offered an unparalleled opportunity for students to immerse themselves in the world-renowned wine culture of one of the most prestigious wine-producing regions in the world.

Tailored for those pursuing WSET Levels 2-4 or training to be a sommelier, this unique experience was designed to deepen students’ knowledge and appreciation of the craft that embodies Argentinian winemaking.

Join us on a captivating journey as our students delve into the rich tapestry of Piemonte, Italy, with the Napa Valley Wine Academy. This exclusive video takes you inside our extraordinary trip, where wine education meets adventure. Witness firsthand the unique experience of a truffle hunt, a tradition deeply rooted in the local culture, and see how this ancient practice is intertwined with the region’s world-renowned winemaking.

As we explore the picturesque landscapes of Piemonte, we visit the famous wine villages of Barolo, Alba, Barbaresco, Roero, Monferrato, and the enchanting Neive. Our students not only learn about the intricate processes of winemaking but also get to experience the local gastronomy, enhancing their understanding of the relationship between the land, its traditions, and the wine.

Masterclasses in Napa!

This exclusive masterclass was led by esteemed authorities and wine producers from the Coombsville AVA, including Andy Ericson of Favia, Jen Williams of Arrow & Branch, and Nicole Marchesi of Far Niente. 

Guided by expert sommelier Amanda McCrossin, the session provided an in-depth exploration of the Coombsville region’s unique environmental features, its diverse soils, and the meticulous craftsmanship involved in producing sophisticated wines that showcase the area’s inherent elegance and refinement.

This masterclass delves into the fascinating interplay between American oak and the Tempranillo grape, a cornerstone of Rioja’s renowned wine blends.

Watch as we explore the subtle nuances American oak imparts to Tempranillo, from vanilla and coconut aromas to a soft, velvety texture, enhancing the wine’s complexity and depth. “American Oak & Tempranillo” is a celebration of innovation and tradition, inviting audiences to savor the delicate balance and refined flavors that mark Rioja’s legacy. Experience the journey of creating a masterpiece, where every sip tells the tale of harmony between nature and nurture.

WSET Beer Videos

Our WSET Level 1 and 2 Beer Awards serve as your gateway to beer certification. Ideal for both beer aficionados and professionals, these courses mark the beginning of your enduring journey into beer education.

Course Highlights:

  • Dive into Beer Varieties: Discover the distinctiveness of each beer type, from traditional ales to unique lagers.
  • Understanding Craft and Components: Gain insights into the ingredients and crafting methods of your preferred beers.
  • Professional Tasting Techniques: Enhance your tasting skills through guided sessions by industry experts.
  • Expertise in Service and Pairing: Acquire the knowledge to serve and pair beer, elevating every beverage experience.

Unlock the full spectrum of wine, beer, and spirits education with your NVWA membership 1 year subscription, granting you access to an array of expertly curated resources. Delve into the world of beverages with unparalleled tools and content:

  • Exclusive Content: With your annual subscription, gain access to 80+ video lectures, exclusive interviews with wine experts, and regular new content including maps, quizzes, and more.
  • Interactive Learning: Enhance your wine knowledge with our interactive learning tools. Practice with our flashcards, covering every chapter of the WSET wine curriculum. Learn how to pronounce key wine terms from native speakers.
  • Expert Insights: Learn from the best in the industry. Our membership includes exclusive interviews with leading wine industry experts.
  • Courses: Your annual subscription gives you access to some of NVWA’s most popular courses, including Argentina Wine Specialist and How to Choose Wine Like a Pro. Plus, you’ll receive a yearly voucher that can be used to take one of our premium courses including American Wine Expert, Napa Valley Wine Expert, Oregon Wine Expert, Wine 101: Foundation Wine Course, and Wine 201: Wines of the World Online Course.
  • Live Streaming: Experience our Napa HQ events live, including Masterclasses and Discover Series. Engage with other attendees and ask questions to the experts. Enjoy membership-only events, including one-on-one interviews with wine luminaries.
  • Topographical Maps: Download true topographical maps of the major wine producing countries. Understand how topographical features influence grape growing conditions.

Revolutionizing WSET Beverage Education

Your NVWA membership transcends traditional learning methods, offering a comprehensive approach to the studies of WSET Wine, WSET Beer, and WSET Spirits. Whether you’re beginning your journey or looking to deepen your expertise, NVWA provides dynamic educational resources tailored to elevate your understanding and appreciation of beverages worldwide. Engage with our content and community to transform how you learn about the fascinating world of wine, beer, and spirits.


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