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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.



Thursday, August 22 (6 P.M.):  Wines of Yves Cuilleron
Tasting, lecture and discussion.
Taste six wines made by the great vigneron Yves Cuilleron of Chavanay, Northern Rhone Valley, France.

Yves Cuilleron tasting line-up (retail prices listed are estimated):
Syrah Rosé 2017 ($15)
Viognier Vin de France 2018 ($27)
Condrieu “La Petite Côte 2017  ($60)
Syrah Vin de France 2017  ($22)
St Joseph Rouge “Cavanos” Vieilles Vignes 2015  ($40)
Côte-Rôtie “Bonnivières” 2016  ($95)

6 PM arrival, 6:15 start.
$30/person. DDWA Members: $15

Thursday, September 12 (6 P.M.):  GSM Blends

Tasting, lecture and discussion.
Taste through 6 Grenache/Syrah/Mourvedre blends of different percentages and from different parts of the world. Southern Rhone Valley, California, Washington and Australian wines included.
6 PM arrival, 6:15 start.
$30/person. DDWA Members: $15

Tuesday, October 29 (6 P.M.):  Tablas Creek “Esprit de Tablas” component tasting
Tasting, lecture and discussion.
Jason Haas, Partner and General Manager of Tablas Creek Vineyard, leads a tasting of individual grapes that make up the Tablas Creek “Esprit de Tablas” red and white wines before we taste the respective “Esprit de Tablas” wines.

On the tasting menu are:
Tablas Creek Roussanne, Grenache Blanc, Picpoul and Esprit Blanc.
Tablas Creek Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre, Counoise and Esprit Rouge.

Jason will teach us about Chateauneuf-du-Pape and its iconic winery Chateau de Beaucastel: the inspirations behind Tablas Creek. He’ll tell us the history and intimate connection between Beaucastel and Tablas Creek. It’s a night of wine tasting and history.
6 PM arrival, 6:15 start.
$30/person. DDWA Members: $15

Thursday, November 21 (6 P.M.):  Northern Rhone Valley Wines
With importer Jack Edwards of JAE Wine Imports.
Jack Edward’s portfolio includes Côte-Rôtie, Saint Joseph, Condrieu and great value IGP wines.
He will present a brilliant, delicious variety of white and red wines from the Northern Rhone.
6 PM arrival, 6:15 start.
$30/person. DDWA Members: $15

Thursday, December 5 (6 P.M.):  “Las Madres Vineyard” Syrahs
Same vineyard, same grapes, different winemaking.
“Las Madres” is unique in that the grapes for all wineries are picked at the same time, and the blocks (sections) of the vineyard are combined. This means all the wineries start with the same fruit. The difference, within the vintage, is purely the winemaking. We’ll taste six “Las Madres” Syrahs, vintage to be determined. Winery representatives will attend. List of wines published this fall.
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.

Thursday, June 20:  Mourvèdre
Three California Mourvedre, two French (Bandol and Cotes du Rhone) and Valencia, Spain.
Guest winemaker panel: Ben Brenner of Benevolent Neglect and Hardy Wallace of Dirty & Rowdy.

Thursday, July 18:  New Zealand
We tasted and taled about every wines from Marlborough, Central Otago, Hawkes Bay and Auckland.
Special Guest: Martin MacKenzie, Sonoma winemaker (born, raised and winemaker-trained in New Zealand).