WINE GEEK WEEK: PORTUGAL EDITION
AUGUST 13-18, 2017
Presented by Twin Cities Wine Education in partnership with Catavino.net (the leading authority on Portuguese wine and food travel, run by Ryan and Gabriella Opaz … who are originally from Minnesota!)
WINE GEEK WEEK: PORTUGAL EDITION happening August 13-18 at various locations in the Twin Cities, and featuring Portuguese wine specials at many great retailers and restaurants. Our partner for the week will be Ryan Opaz of Catavino.net, who is helping to make this one of the premier wine events the Twin Cities has ever seen!
So what is Wine Geek Week?
This is a concept I’ve had in the file cabinet for years (hence my excitement level is through the roof): a full week of tastings, movies, events, lunches, trade seminars, dinners, and of course a Grand Tasting around the chosen topic, plus the events and classes coincide with retailers and restaurants having wine special deals and pricing. It’s organized and designed by Twin Cities Wine Education in combination with a special guest expert (this time being Ryan Opaz of Catavino.net).
What kind of events are happening?
The week ranges from a free movie and Portuguese wine tasting Sunday afternoon, to an exclusive high end lunch at Restaurant Alma featuring the rarely opened and incredibly expensive Barca Velha (the “Grand Cru” of Portugal). The main event is the Grand Tasting occurring Monday night the 14th at Black Dog Lowertown. There is something for everybody at every price point depending on the type of events you like to attend.
All events are ticketed events with limited seating. Tickets are required for entry and all attendees must of course be 21 years of age. All tickets are refundable up to seven days before the event, after that there is a no refund policy (though you may send somebody in your place … treat it as a ticket to a show). All events will be photographed and video recorded for promotional purposes.
REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!
IF THERE IS ONE EVENT TO ATTEND, IT’S THE GRAND TASTING!
*** SUNDAY AUGUST 13th***
Free showing of “A Year In Port” plus in-store Douro Valley wine tasting
The kickoff event for Wine Geek Week will be an afternoon showing of the movie “A Year in Port” followed by a small in-store wine tasting of Douro Valley selections. Free to all, BYOP (Bring Your Own Popcorn). Limited seating available, registration required.More details and registration for the free showing of A Year in Port
*** MONDAY AUGUST 14th ***
THE MAIN EVENT OF WINE GEEK WEEK: THE GRAND WINE TASTING!This is the big one! Dozens upon dozens of wines being presented and poured by top importers and distributors, plus Portuguese travel experts on hand, music in the air, awesome Portuguese style bites for sale from the Black Dog kitchen, and much more. This will be the largest public Portuguese wine tasting event in the midwest in 2017, and if there is one Wine Geek Week event to not miss, this will be it.Details and registration for The Grand Portugal Tasting
*** TUESDAY AUGUST 15th ***
Join us for an exclusive dinner prepared by chef Laura Bonicelli working in coordination with Ryan Opaz of Catavino (co-author of The Undiscovered Food Stories of Northern Portugal, which will be available for sale at the event) for a showcase dinner of the flavors of Portugal.
We’ll begin with white port tonic cocktails on the patio of Bonicelli Kitchen (weather permitting). When the dinner bell sounds, we’ll head inside for a coursed dinner featuring great food, education, wine rarities, and foods being sources specifically for the evening. We will finish with a multi-course dessert (Portugal has an incredible dessert culture) paired with rare older ports.
*** WEDNESDAY AUGUST 16th ***
There is so much more to Vinho Verde than people know. In this first of its kind class, we will detail out the varieties used to make Vinho Verde, tasting great wines relatively new to the Minnesota market. An eye opening night indeed.
Also happening Wednesday night:
A TASTE OF PORTUGAL, WITH RYAN OPAZ AND TRAVEL LEADERS
Travel Leaders, Woodbury location
Free but pre-registration is required. More info and registration can be found here.
Interested in going to Portugal? Have you been reading the amazing articles in the top travel magazines, or feature articles in New York Times or the Wall Street Journal? Did you watch the recent Anthony Bourdain episode on the Douro Valley? If you’re curious about travel in Portugal, how to have an exceptional insider’s experience, and the logistics of simply getting around this “old Europe” land, this seminar is for you. Ryan Opaz of Catavino will talk about his history in the wine and travel industry and how a kid from Minnetonka ended up becoming a Portuguese wine and tour expert, living in Porto.
*** THURSDAY AUGUST 17th ***
An evening highlighting the amazing Colheita style of port (basically a vintage dated Tawny), one of the rarest and greatest styles available. We’ll be tasting wines from WAY back, while covering the history and styles of wines that emerge from the Douro Valley.
*** FRIDAY AUGUST 18th***
RYAN AND GABRIELLA OPAZ IN STORE TASTING, BOOK SIGNING, AND MORE
at The Wine Shop in Minnetonka (corner of Minnetonka Boulevard and Highway 101)
A casual end to an incredible week, and a way to meet Ryan and Gabrielle, shake hands, learn more about Catavino, and taste some awesome wines.
Details and registration for the FREE in-store tasting and book signing