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SommDay School™ Workshops

Where future sommeliers come to learn the essentials of tasting, service, and much more…

Workshops Available in Napa, California & Tampa, Florida

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 further improve 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 6-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 (10am-4pm)
  • SommDay School™ Study Guide
  • Access to the Napa Valley Wine Academy Online Wine Academy
  • Certificate of successful completion
  • Napa Valley Wine Academy Swag
“You guys did a fantastic job!  The instructors were great – very knowledgeable and entertaining and the entire process was very organized and relevant (i.e. no wasted time or subject material).” Fred H. - St Helena, California

“Thanks Christian, and all of the wonderful instructors at NVWA. What an amazing experience! I’m so grateful. Cheers to all!” Gigi D. - San Francisco, California

“The class was great. I learned a lot. Mr Gaiser is now my favorite Master Som. Thank you!” Toby D.

“Thank you for putting on a fabulous 2 days of Somm training for service and tasting.”

Michael T.

About the Instructor


Tim Gaiser, MS

Tim Gaiser, MS

Master Sommelier- Instructor, Member of the Board of Advisers

Tim Gaiser is a 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 major American sommelier competitions.

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