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Meet Crystal Cameron-Schaad, owner of Crystal Palate:

Crystal Cameron-Schaad is owner and sommelier of Crystal Palate, a wine education, consulting company and multi-media company based in Coastal Virginia. Crystal Palate has been several years in the making and Crystal’s love of wine and desire to create such a company has long been her passion. As is the same for many entrepreneurs, the road to owning her company has been a winding one.

Crystal is an award-winning journalist who spent more than a decade working in the broadcast industry as a morning anchor, political reporter and producer. After leaving the anchor desk at NBC 29 in Charlottesville, she served as press secretary on Bob McDonnell’s successful gubernatorial campaign in Virginia and as a communications director and political strategist on Capitol Hill. Most recently, she served as the national public relations director for a Fortune 500 company. While the work was exciting and rewarding, she knew it wasn’t her true passion. So, she took a leap of faith, and a bit of a calculated risk, and stepped away from the corporate world to pursue her first passion, her love of great wine! Crystal's extensive experience in broadcast media, communications and public relations coupled with her in-depth knowledge and passion for the fruit of the vine makes her a dynamic speaker and ambassador for the wine industry.

Pursuing Her Dream & Credentials: After deciding to exit the corporate world, Crystal studied with the Court of Master Sommeliers and became a Certified Sommelier. Crystal also obtained her advanced certification with the Wine Spirit & Education Trust (WSET). Currently, she is working on her diploma certification with the WSET. Once she completes that program, she looks forward to pursuing her Master of Wine (MW) certification with the Institute of Masters of Wine out of London, England.

Wine Education/Consulting Services offered by Crystal Palate:

Crystal is a keynote speaker, radio show host of Crystal Palate’s Wine Country, consultant, freelance wine writer and a contributor for hrScene, an affiliate of WAVY-TV. Crystal Palate delivers the Ultimate Wine Experience through a variety of programs offered. This can be done “in person” with our corporate and private event packages or around the world through our digital wine education channel accessible through our exclusive membership program.

Complete List of Services offered by Crystal Palate: • Keynote Speaker • On Air Talent • Podcasts/Interviews • Writer/Blogger • Wine Judge/Emcee/Moderator • Consulting • #SOMMinars (Corporate Wine Education Events) • Wine Education & Tasting Events • Digital Wine Education Channel (Subscription Based)


“Crystal is not only extremely knowledgeable about wine, all types and from many regions, she also made the evening fun and entertaining! She shared information about the wines so that the novice felt included and the experienced felt challenged.” ~Bob & Wendy Howard, Virginia Beach, VA

“Crystal is a wine goddess. She is amazingly knowledgeable, incredibly well-poised, and so articulate when it comes to wine that you can tell that it is her passion through and through.” ~Katie Smith, Richmond, VA

“Her attention to detail is unsurpassed and you will be delighted with the ways she makes your event special and unique. She truly offers a best-in-class wine experience that is sure to exceed expectations.” ~Mallory Andrews, Virginia Beach, VA

“The experience of wine with Crystal is brilliant. Whether you know or not about wine, she leads you down that road. The world of wine is vast however the experience of personal enrichment and delight is palpable. Crystal has extensive knowledge of wine and guides you nicely and with ease so you may enjoy the tastes. “ ~Camille Solís, Virginia Beach, VA

Contact Crystal Cameron (757) 292-8042

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