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Dan Dawson’s Wine Advisor has “teamed up” with Napa Valley Wine Academy to present tastings on the first and third Thursdays of each month starting in August.

Education and enjoyment go hand-in-hand in these tastings. They are geared toward both wine-students and the casual, curious wine drinker. We want you to learn a little and definitely have a good time.

Tastings are $30/person in advance, and $15 for Members of Dan Dawson’s Wine Advisor.
Not a member yet? JOIN HERE.

Tastings are limited to 30 guests. Buy in advance to insure your spot.
Tasting venue: Napa Valley Wine Academy, 2501 Oak Street, Napa.
Tickets can be purchased at Napa Valley Wine Academy’s Website.
Tickets at the door, if available, will be $25 for everybody (DDWA Members & Non-Members both).
Tickets can be used at a future tasting event if you give us 24 notice that you can’t attend.



Thursday, June 20 (6 P.M.):  Mourvèdre
Tasting, lecture and discussion.
Focus on California Mourvedre, with one French and one Spanish for comparison’s sake.
With guest winemaker panel: Matthew Nagy of Benevolent Neglect and Hardy Wallace of Dirty & Rowdy.
6 PM arrival, 6:15 start.
$30/person. DDWA Members: $15

Thursday, July 18 (6 P.M.):  New Zealand
Tasting, lecture and discussion.
We’ll taste and talk about every renowned wine region of New Zealand.
Special Guest: Martin MacKenzie, Sonoma winemaker (born, raised and winemaker-trained in New Zealand).
6 PM arrival, 6:15 start.
$30/person. DDWA Members: $15

What you need to know about these Wine Tasting Events

  • Tastings are a sit-down lecture format starting no later than 6:15. All tastings will end no later than 8 P.M. 
  • Tastings are held at Napa Valley Wine Academy, 2501 Oak Street, Napa
  • Purchasing tickets ahead of time is recommended.
    We may sell out as we welcome 30 guests maximum and tickets are $25 at the door, if available.

Past tastings

Thursday, November 1:  Guest Importer: The Wine House SF & Owner David Netzer
Theme: Wines of Southern France
Tasting, lecture and discussion.

Thursday, November 15:  Wines of PIEDMONT
Barolo, Barbaresco, Barbera, Dolcetto, Arneis, Moscato…
Tasting, lecture and discussion.

Thursday, December 6:  Burgundy: $$$ Quality for $
With Eddie Gilbert of North Berkeley Imports
Tasting, lecture and discussion.

Thursday, January 17, 2019:  Wines of SICILY
Tasting, lecture and discussion.

Thursday, February 7, 2019:  Northern Rhone Valley
With Jack Edwards of J.A.E. Wine Imports
Tasting, lecture and discussion.

Thursday, February 21, 2019:  Old Vine Field Blends of California
We tasted single-vineyard, co-ferment red blends from different wine regions of Northern California.
8 wine line-up to include SOMM Blanc, Bucklin, Bedrock, Ridge, Sidebar (Ramey), Post & Vine and Pestoni Family.
Guest panel: Rebekah Wineburg (Post & Vine), Will Thomas (Ridge Vineyards) and Will Bucklin (Bucklin).

Thursday, March 7, 2019:  International Riesling
Including Rieslings from Germany, Austria, Australia, Washington and California
Tasting, lecture and discussion.

Thursday, March 21:  Oregon Pinot Noir
With James Cahill, Winemaker of Soter Vineyards
We focused on Soter’s “Origin Series” of Pinot Noirs that focus on nestled-AVAs of Oregon’s Willamette Valley

Thursday, April 4:  Cru Beaujolais
Tasting, lecture and discussion.
With Gavin Speight, Vice President of Importer Old Bridge Cellars (and Beaujolais lover/expert) and owner of Maison l’Envoye
Byron Kosuge, owner/winemaker: B Kosuge Winery.
Byron presented his B Kosuge Gamay, Carneros 2017 as a new-world comparison.

Thursday, April 18:  Bordeaux – The Satellites
With David Netzer, Owner: The Wine House San Francisco (Importer/Retailer)
Tasting, lecture and discussion.
We stepped off the beaten path and tasted some dynamite Bordeaux that also bring good value.

Thursday, May 2:  Time for ROSÉ Wines
Casual taste at your own pace format.

Thursday, May 16:  SPAIN – 7 Wines, 7 Regions
Tasting, lecture and discussion.
We tasted wines from Rioja, Ribera del Duero, Priorat, Rias Baixas, Bierzo, Penedes and Jerez.