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Education Specialist

Shelly Fitzgerald | 425-482-7368 |

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



Learn how to assess and taste wine like a professional. Discover the techniques of smell, sip, taste, and evaluate. Enjoy an in-depth conversation about the world’s most important wine growing regions and take an even deeper dive into the role Washington wine plays in world of wine. We’ll break down a handful of Washington’s American Viticulture Areas(AVA’s) and discuss the impact that latitude, soils, and micro-climates play from grape to glass. $50 per person/75 minutes



Sip and taste your way through the history of both wine and cheese in this interactive pairing. Discover an array of cheese thoughtfully paired with a variety of our Columbia Winery wines. You’ll learn about the processes of both winemaking and cheesemaking and walk away with an appreciation of why these two are truly the perfect pair. $60 per person/75 minutes


Special club pricing dependent on club level.


For more information or to book a Wine Education Class, contact Reservations at or 425-482-7373.


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.

    Virtual classes are offered as well.

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