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SommDay School™ in Napa Valley

with Master Sommelier Tim Gaiser
Tim Gaiser, MS

Tim Gaiser, MS

Master Sommelier- Instructor, Member of the Board of Advisers

Tim Gaiser is an internationally renowned wine expert and lecturer.  He is one of 240 individuals worldwide to attain the elite Master Sommelier wine title and is the former Director of Education and Education chair for the Court of Master Sommeliers, Americas. Tim continues at the Court on the Board of Directors and sits on the exam standards and exam development committees.

Over his 25-plus year career, Tim has taught thousands of students in wines and spirits classes at every level as well as developing wine education programs for restaurants, winery schools, and wine distributors.  He has experience in all phases of the wine industry – online, wholesale, retail, winery, and restaurant – including stints at Heitz Wine Cellars in the Napa Valley and Bix and Cypress Club restaurants in San Francisco, and Virtual Vineyards/the original wine.com.  His client list includes Fosters Global Wines, Diageo, American Express, Evian, Pepsico International, Fiduciary Trust, Franklin-Templeton, Morgan Stanley, and Wells Fargo. Tim has written for a number of publications including Fine Cooking Magazine and Sommelier Journal. He also writes for numerous wine and spirits clients including Champagne Perrier Jöuet, Wines of Germany and the Portuguese Cork Quality Association.  Gaiser has served as the author and lead judge for the Best Young Sommelier Competition and the TopSomm Competition, the two largest American sommelier competitions.

SOMMDAY SCHOOL™ Description

SOMMDAY SCHOOL™ Workshops

Our hands-on SommDay School™ workshops are designed for students in the food, beverage, and hospitality industry who are just starting their Sommelier education journey, and ideal for those looking to improve further their service and tasting skills. These day-long intensive workshops were developed by Master Sommelier Tim Gaiser and Napa Valley Wine Academy. The goal of each 8-hour session is aimed at helping waitstaff, bartenders, F&B managers, wine buyers, winery tasting room staff and anyone else working in the food and wine industry to hone their tasting and service skills, as well as better prepare those interested in pursuing sommelier certification exams such as Society of Wine Educators and the Wine & Spirit Education Trust examinations. SommDay School™ Workshops are also ideal for the student who wants to continue to study, taste and practice their service techniques in preparation for the Court of Master Sommeliers’ Intro and Certified Sommelier exams. For anyone outside the industry–the avid wine enthusiast–you will also benefit from these workshops as they offer a taste of the life of a Sommelier. Workshops include:

  • All course fees
  • 6 hours of instruction
  • SommDay School™ Study Guide
  • Certificate of successful completion
  • Napa Valley Wine Academy Swag

Tasting Workshop:

1-Day Professional Wine Tasting Workshop for Sommelier Students will cover the following topics:

  • Introduction to Master Sommelier Deductive Tasting Method and correct terminology
  • Palate calibration:
    • Oak vs. no oak; earth vs. no earth; acidity-low vs. high, alcohol (same) & tannin (same); pyrazines vs. terpenes
    • The major white varieties and their major markers and paradigms
    • The major red varieties and their major markers and paradigms
    • Major wine faults and how to ID them
  • Tasting of 18 wines using the MS tasting grid.

Service Workshop:

1-Day Professional Sommelier Service Workshop for Sommelier Students

  • The attitude, demeanor and professional behavior of the Sommelier
  • Communication skills – speaking and listening with confidence
  • Service basics -mise en place and more
  • Champagne service
  • Decanting red wine
  • Food & wine pairing basics
  • Wine list construction basics
  • Dealing with customer service challenges

LIMITED TIME OFFER! Register for either the Intro or Advanced Tasting Workshop and receive $100 off* the Service Workshop.

*Discount applied at checkout

Introduction to Tasting Workshop April 26, 2017

For students who have NOT completed a course with the Court of Master Sommeliers or Advanced WSET.  

Duration: 10am-4pm (lunch included)

Cost: $395 per person

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Service Workshop April 27, 2017

All levels of education and experience welcome. Perfect for anyone who wnats to learn the correct Sommelier service techniques. 

Duration: 10am-4pm (lunch included)

Cost: $295 per person

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Advanced Tasting Workshop April 28, 2017

For students who have completed a course with the Court of Master Sommeliers or Advanced WSET. 

Duration: 10am-4pm (lunch included)

Cost: $395 per person

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Introduction to Tasting Workshop July 27, 2017

For students who have NOT completed a course with the Court of Master Sommeliers or Advanced WSET.  

Duration: 10am-4pm (lunch included)

Cost: $395 per person

Enroll Now

Service Workshop July 28, 2017

All levels of education and experience welcome. Perfect for anyone who wnats to learn the correct Sommelier service techniques. 

Duration: 10am-4pm (lunch included)

Cost: $295 per person

Enroll Now

Advanced Tasting Workshop July 29, 2017

For students who have completed a course with the Court of Master Sommeliers or Advanced WSET. 

Duration: 10am-4pm (lunch included)

Cost: $395 per person

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Introduction to Tasting Workshop November 15, 2017

For students who have NOT completed a course with the Court of Master Sommeliers or Advanced WSET.  

Duration: 10am-4pm (lunch included)

Cost: $395 per person

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Service Workshop November 16, 2017

All levels of education and experience welcome. Perfect for anyone who wnats to learn the correct Sommelier service techniques. 

Duration: 10am-4pm (lunch included)

Cost: $295 per person

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Advanced Tasting Workshop November 17, 2017

For students who have completed a course with the Court of Master Sommeliers or Advanced WSET. 

Duration: 10am-4pm (lunch included)

Cost: $395 per person

Enroll Now

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