Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present a special night of amazing wines with a truly special guest.
Get ready for a truly special night!
The Bien Nacido vineyard is one of the crown jewels of the California wine world. Located in Santa Maria Valley, approximately 30 miles north of the town of Los Olivos (where Miles yelled to Jack “I’m not drinking any f’n Merlot!”), Bien Nacido is the source of some of the top grapes of Santa Barabara County.
Join us for an exploration of the area, the wines, and the history of the Solomon Hills Estate and Bien Nacido Vineyard with Will Costello, Master Sommelier and Wine and Spirits Magazine’s “Best New Sommelier” of 2013.
Wines to be tasted and discussed include rarites and gems that have never before been in the Minnesota market. A small amount of the wines will be available for purchase the evening of the class.
In addition to learning a ton about Santa Barbara County, Santa Maria Valley, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, a bit of Cabernet Sauvignon (and discussion about Paso Robles), we’ll also hear Costello’s stories about his rise in the industry and the passing of the Master Sommelier exam in 2015. Of particular discussion will be his views of the state of the industry and trends that he’s seeing nationally.
From the Somm Journal: “Costello joins the winery with an impressive resume in the world of fine wine, most notably his distinction as a Master Sommelier by the American Chapter of the Court of Master Sommeliers. He has since earned great recognition, being named one of the “Top New Sommeliers 2013” by Wine & Spirits Magazine. Costello has competed in numerous wine-related competitions, including The Court of Master Sommelier’s TOP|Somm, The Chaine de Rotisseurs “Young Somm Competition,” and the Ruinart Champagne Challenge. He is an educator for New Zealand wines and teaches at the Society of Wine Educators National Conference … As a Master Sommelier, Costello has held impressive positions as Wine Director and Maître D’ for some of America’s most notable restaurants. He ran the wine program as Wine Director for the Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas which included Chef Pierre Gagnaire’s TWIST, and worked as Maître D’ for San Diego’s Grand Del Mar restaurant, Addison. “Some of the first wines I ever learned about were the wines of Bien Nacido Vineyards. To see my career coming full circle to represent the Estate as the ambassador is a dream come true,” says Costello.”