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Master Class


Thursday evenings, 6-8 pm

Wine lovers, this is for you!

Napa Valley Wine Academy offers a series of 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. We take on new topics like Red Burgundy, White Burgundy, or Champagne, Rioja, Geology of Napa Valley to Mastering Sweetness and Acidity, just to name a few. Celebrate Champagne Day with us and learn how this bubbly beverage is made! We offer classes for beginners or experts alike so that anyone can join us – whether they’re just starting out or experts themselves.

They’re designed so that anyone can come join us – whether they’re just starting out or experts themselves. We’ll be discussing everything from Riesling to Beaujolais and exploring how each region produces its own unique style of wine. It’s an educational experience that will leave your palate craving more!

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Master Classes are limited to 12 guests. Buy in advance to ensure your spot.


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You will be greeted in our lounge with a glass of local sparkling wine, and led through a tasting of 6 to 8 wines.  During the Masterclass, we will engage all of your senses: smell, taste, sight, touch, hearing;  we will go beyond to leave you thirsty for more experiences and knowledge that Napa Valley has to offer! Upon conclusion of the class, you'll receive a certificate of completion.


Thursday, September 9 (6 pm):  Riesling

Riesling is one of the most versatile grape varieties in the world. During Masterclass you will learn about how different regions produce wines with juicy acidity, great complexity, longevity, and length. From best examples of dry Riesling to most stunning with residual sugar. Learn about what makes this variety so special and why it’s perfect for any occasion!

Rieslings are perfect for pairing with food because they have high acidity which balances out rich flavors. They're also great as an aperitif before dinner because their low alcohol content won't fill you up too much but still provide that refreshing feeling on your palate, and if you want something sweeter after dinner then these wines are perfect because some can have higher levels of residual sugar that will match your dessert.

So come join us at our next Masterclass where we'll teach you all about this amazing grape variety and why it's worth adding to your collection today.

We will taste aged and current vintages of Rieslings from Germany, France, Austria, Canada, Australia, and the USA and serve delicious food bites.

Price - $150



Friday, October 1st (6 pm) MASTERING RIOJA with Kryss Speegle MW

Join us for a Masterclass with Master of Wine Kryss Speegle and learn about traditional and new styles of Rioja. Find out about the changes in the Rioja appellation system and discover both traditional wines and single varietal wines coming from Rioja. You’ll be able to taste 8 amazing wines, have your questions answered by our expert, plus get a certificate at the end! It doesn't matter if you're just starting out or already know everything there is to know - this class will teach you something new! This event is not only informative but also fun - it's like going on vacation without having to leave your hometown. It's time to get up close and personal with one of Spain's most important wine region.

Price - $125



Monday, October 4th, (6 pm) ART OF THE WINE GLASS with RIEDEL 

Have you ever wondered how wine glasses are made? What is the best glass for a specific type of wine? How do you choose the right size and shape of glass to match your needs? Join us for an exciting Masterclass on The Art of Wine Glass. You will learn everything there is to know about this fascinating topic, from choosing the perfect glassware to understanding what it takes to make them. Plus, we'll show you how they're made! And best yet, you'll take home Riedel glasses after the Masterclass. So come join us and find out why Riedel has been making crystal since 1756! Anne Koziara Riedel expert, will be your guide on this journey through the world of crystal wine glasses.

Price - $99



Thursday, October 14 (6 pm): Rhône Valley

The Rhône Valley is one of the most famous wine regions in France. It’s home to some of the world’s best wines, including Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Hermitage, Condrieu, and more. You will learn about how climate influences each style of wine as well as what makes them so unique. And don't forget to find out which AOC is the oldest in France! Plus we'll explore where phylloxera originated - it's not what you think! Join us for an informative class that will leave your mouth watering for more French wines.

Price - $225



Friday, October 22nd, (6pm) Champagne Day  

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!

Price - $150



Friday, October 29th, (6pm) The Geology and Soils of Napa Valley and their Representation in Napa Valley’s Appellations

Interested in the geology and soils of Napa Valley and their influence on wines?

If so, then this is the talk for you! Dr. Anamosa will be discussing the geology and soils of Napa Valley and how they have shaped the wines that we all know and love. The Geology and Soils of Napa Valley is a Masterclass that will explore the plate tectonics and ensuing geological events that have shaped Napa Valley, how that geology has resulted in the formation of the soils from valley floor to mountain tops, and how this diversity is represented in our American Viticultural Areas. You’ll get an understanding for what makes these wines so special. You will also taste wines made from grapes grown in different soil compositions and get to know the soils by sense of touch to understand their structure.

Price - $125



Thursday, November 18 (6 pm): Beaujolais

You know that Beaujolais can be young and fruity, but you might not know that the region has so much more to offer. During this Masterclass, we'll explore 10 Crus of Beaujolais and learn about soil and winemaking influences on styles of wines. We'll taste Gamay grape varieties and learn how to recognize them by evidence from the glass. And we'll find out that not all Beaujolais are made with carbonic maceration.

Why the 3rd Thursday of November? You’re probably wondering what the big deal about this day is. Well, it's a celebration of the end of harvest in Beaujolais and an opportunity to taste some delicious wines from top producers of the region. We know you're excited to celebrate with us so join us for this fun and informative Masterclass.

Price - $95



Thursday, December 9 (6 pm): Champagne

Champagne is one of the most popular wines in the world. It’s also an incredible drink to learn about and explore. You can find it from small grower Champagne to most known Champagne houses. Peter Marks MW, Champagne expert and a great lover of wines of the region, will introduce you to the intricacies of this wine region. From the influence of lees aging on wine style, stylistic and structural differences coming from different blends to oak influenced wines.

You deserve something special this year and there's nothing more luxurious than a glass of bubbly on Christmas morning. Our Masterclass will teach you everything you need to know about the world of Champagne so that when it comes time to pick out a bottle from your local wine store, you'll know exactly which one is right for your palate and budget. Join us today and start planning your perfect holiday celebration!

Price - $225


Location: Napa Valley Wine Academy 2501 Oak Street, Napa, CA 94559

Additional information



Knowledge Level

Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced



Course Type

Enthusiast, Professional

Course Format



Region of Study


Course Date

October 1, 2021: Rioja, October 4, 2021: The Art of the Wine Glass, October 14, 2021: Rhône Valley, October 22, 2021: Champagne Day: Blending and Mastering Sweetness, October 29, 2021: Geology of Napa Valley, November 18, 2021: Beaujolais, December 9, 2021: Champagne