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SommDay Intro to Tasting Workshop | Napa, California

Napa, California SKU: SommDay Intro Napa
5.00 out of 5 based on 1 customer rating
(1 customer review)

1-Day 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Introduction Sommelier Tasting Workshop:

The SommDay Intro to Tasting Workshop was designed by Master Sommelier Tim Gaiser specifically for the Napa Valley Wine Academy. The workshop is an information-packed day of tastings, demonstrations, and lectures focused on deductive tasting—the tasting method used in various forms by every wine certification organization.

Come learn how to blind taste like the pros!

Is this your first wine class? If so, please consider taking our Wine 101 Foundation online course or WSET Level 1 prior enrolling in this course.

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Here are the topics covered in the Intro Sommelier to Tasting Workshop:

  • Learn the deductive tasting method from a Master Sommelier who’s taught professional tasting for over 30 years.
  • Discover how professionals look at, smell, and taste wine.
  • How to make the best possible conclusion about a wine by using the deductive tasting method.
  • How to accurately assess the structural elements in wine—the level of acidity, alcohol, and tannin. 
  • The practical definition for dozens of wine terms. 
  • How to take concise yet accurate tasting notes.
  • Basic strategies for olfactory memory.
  • Strategies for success in tasting exams.

If you’re just getting into wine, the Intro to Tasting Workshop is the best possible way to get started on the right path. If you’re studying for the WSET or other wine exams, the tastings and material covered in the class will be a huge benefit to your studies and success with the exams. 

This workshop includes:

  • All course fees
  • 6 hours of instruction (10:00 am-4:00 pm)
  • SommDay School™ Study Guide
  • Certificate of successful completion
  • Lunch included

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

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  1. Paul


    What a great experience! Two days of Somm School with Master Sommelier Tim Gaiser, where we spent one day on the Deductive Tasting Method, and one day on proper service standards. Tim’s approach was well balanced, with a sense of reverence and humor demonstrated throughout.
    I will definitely be back for Tim’s Advanced Tasting class, as well as some of the other fantastic educational opportunities at the Napa Valley Wine Academy.
    A big heartfelt thank you to Tim Gaiser, Mary Ann, and the entire team at the Napa Valley Wine Academy for putting together a great program.

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