Wine Education & Classes

Education Specialist

Shelly Fitzgerald | 425-482-7368 |

Curious to know the difference between red and white wine or how many grapes it takes to get enough juice for your glass? Ask Shelly Fitzgerald, Columbia Winery’s Wine Education Specialist!  

Even though Shelly is a California native, she began her wine career while living with her family in London. While abroad, Shelly decided a career do-over was in order and she enrolled in the Wine & Spirits Education Trust, and then apprenticed under a wine shop owner.

In 2010, Shelly moved to Seattle and began her Washington wine career as the New World wine buyer for Wine World and Spirits, and later worked as sole wine buyer for Downtown Spirits. Since moving to Washington, Shelly has immersed herself in Washington wine culture from all angles including the diversity among growing Washington's many grape varietals to the education associated with it. She is an excellent choice if you have questions you want answered about anything!

Shelly has advanced her knowledge by earning many accreditations in the wine industry, including:

  • Society of Wine Educators, Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW)
  • Court of Masters Level 2, Certified Sommelier (CS)
  • Wine and Spirits Education Trust (WSET), Level 3

When Shelly isn't hanging out at Columbia Winery, she is a professional wine judge at different competitions through the area.

Shelly's passion is making wine approachable. So if you have questions about wine, no matter how silly you think they might be, Shelly is the perfect person to ask.

Stop in to chat with Shelly or book a private event for groups up to 12.

The following classes can be customized to suit your group's questions and knowledge about wine.

Call Shelly at 425-482-7368 to arrange your time.

*Call for special member pricing*

Wine Foundations

This class lays the foundation for anyone excited and interested in wine. Discover major wine growing regions, important grape varietals and the significance and meaning of terroir. While tasting through a flight of wine, you’ll learn the techniques of how to taste like a wine professional. $40 per person/60 minutes

Exploring What’s in a Glass

Learn how to evaluate and taste wine like a professional. Discover the techniques of smell, sip, taste and evaluate. Speak the language of wine, explore wine tasting techniques and wow your friends with all your wine knowledge.

You will also enjoy an in-depth conversation and tasting about the most important wine growing regions of Washington State, the winemaking process and the grape varietals used in our premium wines. Discover the youthful history of the Washington wine industry and the signature role Columbia Winery has played since the beginning. $50 per person/90 minutes

Wine & Cheese Pairing

Sip and taste your way through the history of cheese in this interactive wine and cheese pairing. Discover an array of cheese thoughtfully paired with a variety of wines. You’ll learn about the cheese making process and walk away with an appreciation of why these two are truly the perfect pairing. $60 per person/90 minutes

For more information or to book a Wine Education Experience, contact Shelly at or 425-482-7368.

Thirsty for more information? Click on the articles below for a sampling of Shelly's Knowledge:

Tasting Room Tips for Visiting Woodinville Wine Country

Grape Varietals