SommDay Workshops in Napa (Jan 17-19) with Tim Gaiser MS

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 sommelier certification classes and 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.

 

3 Days of Workshops in Napa, CA

January 17, 2017 - SommDay Intro to Tasting Workshop Napa, California 

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

    • The 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 Sommelier tasting grid.

January 18, 2017 SommDay Service Workshop Napa, California

  • 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

January 19, 2017 SommDay Advanced Tasting Workshop Napa, California

  • 1-Day Professional Wine Tasting Workshop for Sommelier Students will cover the following topics:
    • The 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 Sommelier tasting grid.

What past students are saying:

"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." -Paul

"Tim is a great teacher. Do not hesitate to ask for the time off because this class helped me achieve my CS in March!" Eva

"What an amazing experience to learn from Tim! I feel so much more confident in my tasting ability now. Wish I would have know about this course when studying for my certified exam." Stephen