Tim Gaiser, Master Sommelier & Leading Wine Educator

Enhance your appreciation of wines and become a Wine Connoisseur! Learn from the Wine Master Tim Gaiser!

Tim Gaiser is a internationally renowned wine expert and lecturer. Tim is a captivating, engaging speaker who will have you hanging onto every word as you learn to navigate the world of wines and wine tasting.  The  breakthrough methods Tim teaches help participants develop genius skills when it comes to evaluating wines at a level well above your average wine connoisseur.

He is one of 175 individuals worldwide to ever attain the elite Master Sommelier wine title and is currently the Director of Education for the American Chapter of the Court of Master Sommeliers Americas. He is also an adjunct professor for the Rudd Center for Professional Wine Studies at the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone in Napa Valley. Over his 25-plus year career Tim has taught thousands of students in wines and spirits classes at every level as well as developing wine education programs for restaurants, winery schools and wine distributors.  He has experience in all phases of the wine industry – online, wholesale, retail, winery, and restaurant – including stints at Heitz Wine Cellars in the Napa Valley and Bix and Cypress Club restaurants in San Francisco, and Virtual Vineyards/the original wine.com.  His client list includes Fosters Global Wines, Diageo, American Express, Evian, Pepsico International, Fiduciary Trust, Franklin-Templeton, Morgan Stanley, and Wells Fargo.

Tim has written for a number of publications including Fine Cooking Magazine and Sommelier Journal.  He also writes for numerous wine and spirits clients including Champagne Perrier Jöuet, Wines of Germany and the Portuguese Cork Quality Association.

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Gaiser has served as the author and lead judge for the Best Young Sommelier Competition and the TopSomm Competition, the two major American sommelier competitions. Considered one of the leading wine tasters and educators, Gaiser was recently featured in the Think like a Genius Wine Master training product, created by the Everyday Genius Institute.

In addition to his role as Education Director, Tim is now focused on a large scale project involving the use of behavioral and neuro sciences to teach and improve olfactory and palate memory and synesthesia as they apply not only to wine, but to other industries including spirits, coffee, tea, olive oil, and perfumes. His cutting edge research in this area is increasing the awareness of how our minds recognize and code smells and tastes. He is using this new information to change how people teach wine tasting and other disciplines that involve the use of sensory evaluation.

Prior to developing his wine expertise, Tim received an M.A. in Classical Music. He played classical trumpet as a freelance professional and as an extra with the San Francisco Opera until 1988.

Join internationally known wine educator and writer Tim Gaiser for a fun-filled and information-packed half-day wine seminar.  Tim will be your guide in discovering the world of wine, from how to taste like a pro to putting a home wine cellar together to dealing with the wine list in restaurants. Choose between a Half Day Seminar combining topics or going into detail on any of them – or a 60 to 90 minute keynote presentation or training session on any of the topics.

Current Seminar or Keynote Speeches: (customizable upon request)

Wine 101: Solving the Great Wine Mysteries

Does wine mystify you? Confuse you? In this program you’ll learn about all the wine basics in a way that is easy to understand.  Have a wine question you’ve never been able to answer? Here’s the perfect opportunity to get that answer you’ve always wanted from a top industry expert.

Secrets of a Professional Wine Taster: How to Taste Like a Pro

Here’s an opportunity to really understand the “whys” and “hows” of wine tasting taught by one of the country’s top tasting coaches. In this program Tim will teach you how to look at, smell and taste wine like the pros do. He’ll also take you through some cutting-edge neuro-science techniques that help to improve olfactory and palate memory with wine tasting.

Wine Ballet: How to Deal with Wine Lists in Restaurants

If you’ve always wanted to be able to confidently select wine from a restaurant list but never known how this seminar is for you.  In this program Tim will share the simple steps that are guaranteed to get you a good bottle—and a good value—off any wine list.

Building a Home Wine Cellar

Have a closet full of wine?  Ready to take that next big step and actually create that home cellar? In this program Tim will take you through an easy to understand step-by-step process of putting together a home cellar including the major “do’s” and “don’ts” of a first-time wine cellar.

Food and Wine Pairing Lunch or dinner (if logistically possible)

Even with the never-ending ocean of books and magazines, the topic of pairing food and wine never seems to get any simpler. But rest easy. In this program Tim will take you through the key components of food and wine and show you just how easy it is to create an unforgettable pairing.



“I had the pleasure to have Tim Gaiser speak to my top clients at many Morgan Stanley events and the level of knowledge and presentation of the wines was second to none. He is a true professional. Tim was by far the best and highest rated person I ever have used with my clients. He has the ability to take the sophistication of the specific wines and all their attributes and combine his great personality to make a fantastic presentation. My clients always gave Tim rave reviews and always wanted to know when we were having another event!”
-Carey J. Penswick, CIMA, Executive Director
Northeast Divisional Director, Consulting Group
Morgan Stanley Smith Barney

“Accomplished wine expert Tim Gaiser has a winning style of presenting wine. Without dumbing down his subject, Tim makes wine easy and understandable. He’s a born teacher, and inspiring to audiences of all levels of wine knowledge—from novice to expert.”
-Karen MacNeil, Author, The Wine Bible and Chairman. Rudd Center  Professional Wine Studies. Culinary Institute of America/Napa Valley

“Tim brings his expertise to wine tasters in an easy to comprehend way with empowering techniques that are pure genius.”
-Laura Maniec, Master Sommelier

“This product eliminates the mystery and intimidation when tasting wine. Try it. You’ll like it.”
-Peter Marks, M.W. & VP of Education at Constellation Wines

“Tim Gaiser has served as a valuable member of the Adjunct Faculty at The Culinary Institute of America’s Rudd Center For Professional Wine Studies since 2003.  Having authored Mastering Wine II, a key component of the school’s Continuing Education series of classes, Tim has influenced the professional development of the many students who have passed through the CIA’s classrooms.  Student evaluations at the conclusion of any class led by Tim are always peppered with phrases such as “amazing”, “brilliant”, “fantastic”, and “Thank You!”.  A consummate professional himself, Tim imparts his knowledge and experience with a voice of authority yet with an attitude of humility.  Everyone working in the wine, food, and hospitality industries should have the opportunity to be a student with Tim Gaiser – the personal and professional benefits would accrue to both individual and employer alike.”
-Paul Dray, Associate Director of Professional Wine Studies, Rudd Center, Culinary Institute of America

“As someone already versed in wine tasting, I found the description of the tasting process and technique to be a good practical guide for new wine lovers wishing both to enhance their wine appreciation and to demonstrate their prowess as wine tasters. However, what struck me as the real ‘genius’ was the next phase of the program where Tim’s subconscious or quasi-conscious evaluative techniques – the skills and short-cuts that make him a genius as a wine evaluator – are deconstructed and then presented for adoption by us all, effectively giving us all the opportunity to be geniuses and to be able to evaluate wines at a level well above your average wine coinnoisseur. This is the real breakthrough. Very impressive.”
– Peter, One of many 5 Star Reviews from Amazon

“I really enjoyed the video and the technique Tim demonstrated. I actually learned a few new tips and tricks myself. Time looks great on camera, he is very comfortable and he comes across as very likable. I didn’t feel intimidated or talked down upon which happens with a lot of wine people.”
-Alpana Singh, Master Sommelier, Television Personality, Food & Wine Speaker and Commentator

“Obviously Tim Gaiser is one of the great aficionados of the wine world. Tim’s passion about wine through his own narrative and delicate examination through experimentation solidified the event as relevant yet comfortable. It wasn’t his accolade as a Master Sommelier that impressed me most but his added enthusiasm and eagerness to teach with zeal and gusto that poured out throughout the entire evening.” -Cheers! Macky, Middle Fork Roasters Coffee Co.

Recent Clients:

  • APCOR: Portuguese Cork Association
  • Balzac Communications
  • Beringer Vineyards
  • Cal Poly Pomona
  • Central Markets
  • Culinary Institute of America
  • Crystal Cruises
  • Franklin-Templeton
  • Fiduciary Trust
  • Fosters Wine Estates
  • Merrill-Lynch
  • Morgan Stanley
  • Pepsico International
  • Purdue University
  • Wells Fargo Bank
  • Wines of Germany
  • Ritz Carlton Hotels