Twin Cities Wine Education LLC presents
In this new and highly interactive class, we will dive head first into the science of wine, starting with modern developments in vineyard management including canopy management, organic farming, dry farming, and more.
We then step into the winemaking itself to detail cold soak macerations, temperature controlled fermentations, the use of oak (and if chips do the same thing), and the history (and current controversy) of sulfur. We’ll also have a discussion about 2,4,6-Trichloroanisole, or cork taint, and why screw caps might be the best closure for all bottles of wine.
We will also cover the range of options a winemaker has at their disposal when it comes to yeast, and how this is crucial when it comes to the final style of the wine (and why some winemakers skip selecting their yeasts and let nature do all the work).
The last part of the class discusses the science of food and wine pairing, paying particular attention to how wines interact with sour, sweet, and fat.
Of course all of this is accompanied by great wines to help us understand the points discussed.
You can expect the extensive Twin Cities Wine Education handouts, use of top quality Riedel stemware, and an intimidation-free presentation of the information. Twin Cities Wine Education classes are a snob-free zone!
Class instructor: Jason Kallsen
Location: North Loop Wine and Spirits
Start time: 6:30pm
Number of wines to be served: 6
Other notes: Free parking can usually be had behind the store. Also free parking at Red Rabbit if you eat there ahead of the class (suggestion: the New World Margarita pizza with a glass of Rosso Piceno).
What is Twin Cities Wine Education?
Twin Cities Wine Education Inc. is an independent wine education company founded in 1998 by Jason Kallsen (Certified Sommelier with the Court of Master Sommeliers and Certified Specialist in Wine with the Society of Wine Educators). With no financial ties to any winery, distributor, importer, or retailer, Twin Cities Wine Education prides itself on truly independent education, with no sales pitch for the wines involved. The company’s mission is to build wine confidence while sparking wine curiosity.
Is there wine served at the class?
Oh my yes! Usually six selections (occasionally a bit fewer or more, but we aim for six), all presented in top quality Riedel stemware at correct temperature and decanted if needed.
What can I expect at a Twin Cities Wine Education class?
We pride ourselves on our independent education, free of sales pitch or distributor influence. Upon arriving you’ll receive the class outline and any handouts and maps relevant to the topic. It’s a great way to meet new friends, for you’ll be seated with other equally curious students. Most classes are approximately two hours, with a short break in the middle.
How many people come to the wine classes?
Some exclusive classes (older vintages, where we only have one bottle of each wine, for instance) are limited to about 12 people. The rest of the classes are based on the space we are in, usually capped in the 30-50 person range.
What is the refund policy?
Full refunds for any reason up to seven days before the event. Within seven days (or after the class) there are no refunds available. Your ticket is fully transferable to anybody over 21 years of age, and there is no need to inform us of the transfer … simply have the new recipient arrive with the ticket in hand or knowing the original ticket buyer’s name.
What other services does Twin Cities Wine Education offer?
We specialize in private wine educational seminars and events, and are fully licensed and insured to present throughout the state of Minnesota in homes and offices. These private events and education can range from two to two hundred people (the average small group event is 10-20 people). We also offer private wine cellar organization services, staff training for restaurants and retailers, and wholesaler/importer sales staff development of not only wine knowledge but also wine business acumen and sales territory management. Reach out to Angela Kallsen (Director of Operations) with any questions on these services: Angela@twincitieswine.com.