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White Bear Lake, MN 55110 United States

April 2016

Ultimate Intro to Wine Part One: Winespeak

April 26, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Cotroneo’s Wine And Spirits, 2148 3rd Street
White Bear Lake, MN 55110 United States

I am happy to announce the first class at our new "east metro" location: Cotroneo's Wine and Spirits in the heart of beautiful White Bear Lake, Minnesota! After a complete rebuild of the historic building, the new owners have installed a great private event and class space, and have invited Twin Cities Wine Education in for classes! The location is perfect and there are tons of dining options within walking distance.  **** About our most popular class: THE ULTIMATE INTRO…

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May 2016

Ultimate Intro to Wine, Part Two: France, Italy, and Spain

May 9, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Cotroneo’s Wine And Spirits, 2148 3rd Street
White Bear Lake, MN 55110 United States

Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present the top introduction to European wines:ULTIMATE INTRO TO WINE PART TWO: FRANCE, ITALY, AND SPAIN When you first start to learn about wine, it is easier to learn about Californian, Australian, and South American wines for several reasons. First, these places (especially the west coast of America) are familiar to us and we know how to pronounce the locations. Secondly, the grape variety is often presented on the label, simplifying the understanding…

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So you want to be a Somm? An introduction to deductive wine tasting

May 11, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Cotroneo’s Wine And Spirits, 2148 3rd Street
White Bear Lake, MN 55110 United States

Twin Cities Wine Education LLC presents an exciting new class SO YOU WANT TO BE A SOMM? An introduction to deductive wine tasting Plus an overview of wine accreditation courses and programs We're experiencing the rise of the 'sommelier culture' in the United States. It started as an offshoot of the chef as celebrity movement, and was accelerated by the release of the popular movies Sideways and Bottle Shock. Of course the pop culture moment that solidified the word 'sommelier' into our lexicon was the release of the…

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Judgement of Paris 40th Anniversary Wine Class

May 24, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Cotroneo’s Wine And Spirits, 2148 3rd Street
White Bear Lake, MN 55110 United States

It's the event that put California wine on the map. It was the basis of the movie Bottle Shock starring Alan Rickman. It's become the stuff of lore and legend. In this class, held on the 40th anniversary date of the Judgement of Paris tasting, we will learn the real story behind the event, including what was accurate in Bottle Shock and what was not (one tidbit: the winning Chateau Montelena wine wasn't actually from Napa Valley). I had the…

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June 2016

The Wonderful World of Chardonnay

June 7, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Cotroneo’s Wine And Spirits, 2148 3rd Street
White Bear Lake, MN 55110 United States

Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF CHARDONNAYA comprehensive look at one of the great grapes of the wine world There is no other variety quite like Chardonnay. A workhorse of a grape that makes oceans of often times quite decent wine. But also one of the most refined varieties producing some of the best (and most expensive) white wines on the planet. In this new and comprehensive class, we'll go deep into the world…

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The Greatest Wines You’ve Never Heard Of

June 28, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Cotroneo’s Wine And Spirits, 2148 3rd Street
White Bear Lake, MN 55110 United States

Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present a fun new class THE GREATEST WINES YOU'VE NEVER HEARD OF The name says it all! This new class will present a range of whites and reds that fly under the radar for over 99% of the consumers. Nothing normal or predictable will be tasted! New regions, little known varieites, interesting production techniques and more will be covered.  What will we not be tasting? Here's the short version of the list: Sauvignon…

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July 2016

Inglenook: Wines and History of a Legendary Property

July 6, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Cotroneo’s Wine And Spirits, 2148 3rd Street
White Bear Lake, MN 55110 United States

Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present a special night of amazing wines and history. THE WINES OF INGLENOOKFeaturing: 1967, 1968, 1985, and 2012 Inglenook Caberent Sauvignon In this special class we'll learn about one of the key properties in the history of California and Napa Valley wine. Starting with the founding of the property in 1879, we'll cover every decade of their existence. Emerging from Prohibition, the legendary winemaker John Daniel Jr. took over the operations and produced…

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The Ultimate Intro to Wine Part One (Winespeak)

July 14, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Cotroneo’s Wine And Spirits, 2148 3rd Street
White Bear Lake, MN 55110 United States

Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present our most popular class offering THE ULTIMATE INTRO TO WINE, PART ONE ("WINESPEAK") The fundamentals of wine knowledge intimidate many, for we are talking about a subjective subject (smell and taste) while at the same time trying to understand why many give it a numerical score (90 points! Ah! Hedonistic fruit bomb!). Between varietals, regions, countries, aromas, flavors, and about a million different opinions out there, it's no wonder many see the…

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The Science of Wine and Taste

July 26, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Cotroneo’s Wine And Spirits, 2148 3rd Street
White Bear Lake, MN 55110 United States

 Twin Cities Wine Education LLC presents The Science of Wine and Taste Time to geek out. Let's talk acids, alcohols, tannin, yeast strains, photosynthesis, fermentations, and the science of food and wine pairing. 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…

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August 2016

Wines of Alto Adige, Italy (featuring the wines of Tramin)

August 18, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Cotroneo’s Wine And Spirits, 2148 3rd Street
White Bear Lake, MN 55110 United States

It's hands down one of my favorite wine regions on the planet. Accurately described as "Yosemite valley with grapevines and better food!" by a good wine friend, Alto Adige is a magical place indeed. In this new class, we'll dive deep into the history, culture, foods, and of course wines of Alto Adige while tasting selections from one of my favorite producers, Tramin. I've had the pleasure of visiting Tramin twice in my life, both times tasting with legendary winemaker…

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Ultimate Intro to Wine, Part Two: France, Italy, and Spain

August 23, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Cotroneo’s Wine And Spirits, 2148 3rd Street
White Bear Lake, MN 55110 United States

Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present the top introduction to European wines:ULTIMATE INTRO TO WINE PART TWO: FRANCE, ITALY, AND SPAIN When you first start to learn about wine, it is easier to learn about Californian, Australian, and South American wines for several reasons. First, these places (especially the west coast of America) are familiar to us and we know how to pronounce the locations. Secondly, the grape variety is often presented on the label, simplifying the understanding…

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September 2016

The Rare Pinot Noirs of Merry Edwards

September 7, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Cotroneo’s Wine And Spirits, 2148 3rd Street
White Bear Lake, MN 55110 United States

Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present an amazing night of exceptional wines: THE RARE PINOT NOIRS OF MERRY EDWARDS Winemaker Merry Edwards is a living legend in the Pinot Noir world. Establishing herself in the coolest part of the Russian River Valley in the mid 1990’s, she has helped define what many consider the benchmarks of Pinot Noir for western Sonoma County. Her wines are not easy to find. Distribution of the wines has been spotty, mainly because…

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Wines of Portugal: Vinho Verde, Port, and everything in-between

September 21, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Cotroneo’s Wine And Spirits, 2148 3rd Street
White Bear Lake, MN 55110 United States

Twin Cities Wine Education LLC presents The Wines of Portugal Vinho Verde, Port, and everything in-between If there is one wine country to keep an eye on right now, it's Portugal. While much of Spanish winemaking has hyper-modernized (international varietals, lots of new oak used, deeper and more extracted wines that don't seem to have a sense of place), Portugal has done an exceptional job of straddling the old world and the new world. Many of these wines fly under the consumer's…

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October 2016

So you want to be a Somm? An introduction to deductive wine tasting

October 25, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Cotroneo’s Wine And Spirits, 2148 3rd Street
White Bear Lake, MN 55110 United States

Twin Cities Wine Education LLC presents an exciting new class SO YOU WANT TO BE A SOMM? An introduction to deductive wine tasting Plus an overview of wine accreditation courses and programs We're experiencing the rise of the 'sommelier culture' in the United States. It started as an offshoot of the chef as celebrity movement, and was accelerated by the release of the popular movies Sideways and Bottle Shock. Of course the pop culture moment that solidified the word 'sommelier' into our lexicon was the release of the…

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November 2016

Ultimate Intro to Wine Part Three: Your Cellar and Maximum Wine Enjoyment

November 2, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Cotroneo’s Wine And Spirits, 2148 3rd Street
White Bear Lake, MN 55110 United States

Twin Cities Wine Education presents a class designed to help you enjoy your wine to the fullest! ULTIMATE INTRO TO WINE PART THREE: Your wine cellar and maximum wine enjoyment Are you enjoying your wine to the fullest? Do you wonder what it takes to build a wine collection? What about stemware, decanters, and wine gadgets? How does temperature change wine enjoyment? What are the basics of food and wine pairing? What faults can happen with wine? All of these…

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The Ultimate Intro to Wine Part One (Winespeak)

November 7, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Cotroneo’s Wine And Spirits, 2148 3rd Street
White Bear Lake, MN 55110 United States

Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present our most popular class offering THE ULTIMATE INTRO TO WINE, PART ONE ("WINESPEAK") The fundamentals of wine knowledge intimidate many, for we are talking about a subjective subject (smell and taste) while at the same time trying to understand why many give it a numerical score (90 points! Ah! Hedonistic fruit bomb!). Between varietals, regions, countries, aromas, flavors, and about a million different opinions out there, it's no wonder many see the…

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Finding Bang for the Buck Wines: Hints and Tips

November 30, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Cotroneo’s Wine And Spirits, 2148 3rd Street
White Bear Lake, MN 55110 United States

Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present a new wine class with a specific purpose: to help you consistently find great values in the wine world. Finding Bang for the Buck Wines: Hints and Tips will focus on six ideas to get more for your money when it comes to wine. This isn't just about knowing some unknown grapes or producers (though that is part of it). Mainly, it comes to understanding the business of wine, mark ups involved…

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December 2016

Introduction to the Wines of France

December 13, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Cotroneo’s Wine And Spirits, 2148 3rd Street
White Bear Lake, MN 55110 United States

When it comes to the world of wine, there is one country that stands head and shoulders above all in terms of history, reputation, and influence. That country, of course, is France. From the cool hills of Champagne in the north to the sun scorched plains to the south, the sheer range of wines coming from France can be overwhelming to the wine novice. Add to that the Appellation d’Origine system (“AOC”) which names the wines based on geography with…

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The Sparkling Wine Masterclass (including incredible Champagne!)

December 28, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Cotroneo’s Wine And Spirits, 2148 3rd Street
White Bear Lake, MN 55110 United States

Twin Cities Wine Education LLC presents THE SPARKLING WINE MASTERCLASS Featuring Prosecco, Cava, Cremant, Champagne and everything in-between *** Say "bubbly" and most people can instantly hear the corks popping! Do you? If you do, this class is for you! Bubbly means celebration, good times, special occasions, and more often than not, Champagne.  But 'real' Champagne is but one of the many incredible sparkling wines the world has to offer. In this class, we will learn about everything Bubbly. We'll discuss…

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January 2017

Intro to the Wines of Europe

January 5, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Cotroneo’s Wine And Spirits, 2148 3rd Street
White Bear Lake, MN 55110 United States

Twin Cities Wine Education LLC presents INTRO TO THE WINES OF EUROPE When you first start to learn about wine, it is easier to learn about California, Australian, and South American wines for several reasons. First, these places (especially the west coast of America) are familiar to us and we know how to pronounce the locations. Secondly, the grape variety is often presented on the label, simplifying the understanding of what's in the bottle. And lastly, they are the majority…

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Chateau d’Armailhac Bordeaux Vertical

January 12, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Cotroneo’s Wine And Spirits, 2148 3rd Street
White Bear Lake, MN 55110 United States

Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present a grand education on Bordeaux vintages, and the region of Pauillac in particular. CHATEAU D'ARMAILHAC BORDEAUX VERTICAL Featuring the vintages 2014, 2010, 2009, and 2005 It's a storied property, once part of what became the Mouton Rothschild estate. It’s history goes back centuries. As one of the first properties to plant Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, they were leaders and trailblazers in their region. And we’re going to learn all about that region…

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February 2017

Ken Wright Pinot Noirs: 2014 Single Vineyards

February 7, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Cotroneo’s Wine And Spirits, 2148 3rd Street
White Bear Lake, MN 55110 United States

Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present a very special evening of legendary Willamette Valley Pinot Noirs. Ken Wright Cellars 2014 Single Vineyard collection. Featuring McCrone Vineyard, Carter Vineyard, Freedom Hill Vineyard, and the legendary Shea Vineyard. On the short list of truly legendary producers established in the Willamette Valley in the last three decades, Ken Wright stands out. A lover of the land, an embracer of terroir, and a controversial winemaker when it comes to styles (early releasing,…

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Blind Burgundy Battle 2017: Chardonnay and Pinot Noir showdown

February 13, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Cotroneo’s Wine And Spirits, 2148 3rd Street
White Bear Lake, MN 55110 United States

Twin Cities Wine Education presents BLIND BURGUNDY BATTLE 2017!CHARDONNAY AND PINOT NOIR  The return of a favorite format! The Blind Battle class returns with a showdown between Burgundy and the rest of the world, in a head-to-head (or is glass-to-glass?) challenge to the supremacy of Burgundy. We will start with a comprehensive education on the Chardonnay grape, including a discussion on its characteristics, preferred terroir, and multiple styles made around the world. Surrounding this discussion will be the question "What is…

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March 2017

Riedel Pinot Noir XL and Pinot Noir Masterclass

March 6, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Cotroneo’s Wine And Spirits, 2148 3rd Street
White Bear Lake, MN 55110 United States

Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present an eye opening class with a free gift to take home! The Riedel Pinot Noir XL class, along with the Pinot Noir Masterclass. Prepare to be amazed. Stemware makes all the difference in the world, but rarely are you given the opportunity to try multiple wines from multiple glasses to prove the point. My analogy that I've used for years is this: you can have a top level turntable, Dark Side of…

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Riedel Veritas Champagne plus Sparkling Wine Masterclass

March 13, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Cotroneo’s Wine And Spirits, 2148 3rd Street
White Bear Lake, MN 55110 United States

Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present an eye opening class with a free gift to take home! The Riedel Veritas Champagne class, along with the Sparkling Wine Masterclass. IN MY OPINION, THE SINGLE MOST IMPRESSIVE RIEDEL GLASS AVAILABLE TODAY Prepare to be amazed. Stemware makes all the difference in the world, but rarely are you given the opportunity to try multiple wines from multiple glasses to prove the point. My analogy that I've used for years is this:…

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April 2017

RIDGE Library Releases, Rarities, and Gems

April 6, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Cotroneo’s Wine And Spirits, 2148 3rd Street
White Bear Lake, MN 55110 United States

Twin Cities Wine Education presents a special night for lovers of the wines of Ridge, my personal favorite American winery. RIDGE: LIBRARY RELEASES, RARITIES, AND GEMS, featuring wines hand carried directly from the Ridge cellars in Dry Creek Valley. *** Angela and I traveled to Sonoma and Napa in February 2017. It's the kind of trip we do often to catch up on what's new in the valleys, make sure our favorite restaurants are still open and thriving, take notes…

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“Jason’s Picks” Kickoff and Wine Class

April 17, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Cotroneo’s Wine And Spirits, 2148 3rd Street
White Bear Lake, MN 55110 United States

A new class and a new concept from Twin Cities Wine Education Jason's Picks: The new curated wine selections hand picked by Jason Kallsen Kickoff wine class and tasting Monday April 17th in White Bear Lake! Welcome to the newest project! Going into 2017 I'll be taking over some sections of local wine shops around town, starting with Cotroneo's in White Bear Lake. The new "Jason's Picks" section will consist of 10 wines that I ferret out from great local…

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May 2017

The Rosé Masterclass 2017

May 2, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Cotroneo’s Wine And Spirits, 2148 3rd Street
White Bear Lake, MN 55110 United States

Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present the number one Rosé wine class available THE ROSÉ MASTERCLASS 2017 EDITION It's a category of wines that many of us have grown to love dearly. Dry pink wines, typical of what's consumed in southern France, are refreshing, bright, clean, and wonderful. More importantly, they are reflective of their place and of the grapes that were used to make them. In this first of its kind class, we'll taste a huge range…

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Wines of California: A complete overview

May 17, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Cotroneo’s Wine And Spirits, 2148 3rd Street
White Bear Lake, MN 55110 United States

Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present a comprehensive new class on of our favorite wine topics. The Wines of California: A Complete Overview It's a huge state, and the main source for wine in North America. It's diverse, it's complicated, and for many it's simply presented as a sea of wine. But the fun of California wine lies in the details, and that's what this class is all about. In this fast paced two hour class we'll cover…

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June 2017

Jason’s Picks 3rd Quarter 2017 tasting and class

June 29, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Cotroneo’s Wine And Spirits, 2148 3rd Street
White Bear Lake, MN 55110 United States

A new class and a new concept from Twin Cities Wine Education Jason's Picks: The new curated wine selections hand picked by Jason Kallsen Q3 2017 SELECTIONS: Class and tasting Thursday June 29th in White Bear Lake! Welcome to the newest project! Throughout 2017 I'll be taking over some sections of local wine shops around town, starting with Cotroneo's in White Bear Lake. The new "Jason's Picks" section will consist of 10 wines that I ferret out from great local wholesalers…

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July 2017

The World of Sauvignon Blanc

July 5, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Cotroneo’s Wine And Spirits, 2148 3rd Street
White Bear Lake, MN 55110 United States

Twin Cities Wine Education presents The World of Sauvignon Blanc Pouilly-Fume. Sancerre. New Zealand. Napa Valley. Oregon. Chile. They are all making great Sauvignon Blancs but they are so different in style. In this new class we'll examine the Sauvignon Blanc variety in depth, just in time for summer drinking. We’ll start off with the genetic history of the variety (including the surprising offspring it produced) along with the typical styles and traits we seek out and find in the…

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Fantastic Science of Wine and Flavor

July 17, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Cotroneo’s Wine And Spirits, 2148 3rd Street
White Bear Lake, MN 55110 United States

 Twin Cities Wine Education LLC presents The Science of Wine and Flavor Time to geek out. Let's talk acids, alcohols, tannin, yeast strains, photosynthesis, fermentations, and the science of food and wine pairing. 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…

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August 2017

Wine Geek Week: The single varieties of Vinho Verde

August 16, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Cotroneo’s Wine And Spirits, 2148 3rd Street
White Bear Lake, MN 55110 United States

Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present a casual evening of fantastic summertime wine! Wine Geek Week: The Single Varieties of Vinho Verde Vinho Verde popularity has grown by leaps and bounds in the past decade, led by affordable blends that are easy “grab and go” bottles for summer sipping. But what are these wines really made of? In this new class we will dive into the grape varieties used in Vinho Verde, detailing the characteristics of each, the…

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October 2017

Jason’s Wine Picks Q4 2017 tasting and class

October 3, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Cotroneo’s Wine And Spirits, 2148 3rd Street
White Bear Lake, MN 55110 United States

A new class and a new concept from Twin Cities Wine Education Jason's Picks: The new curated wine selections hand picked by Jason Kallsen Q4 2017 SELECTIONS: Class and tasting Tuesday October 3rd in White Bear Lake! Welcome to the newest project! Throughout 2017 I'll be taking over some sections of local wine shops around town, starting with Cotroneo's in White Bear Lake. The new "Jason's Picks" section will consist of 10 wines that I ferret out from great local wholesalers…

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December 2017

Amazing Wines of the Southern Hemisphere

December 5, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Cotroneo’s Wine And Spirits, 2148 3rd Street
White Bear Lake, MN 55110 United States

Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present THE WINES OF THE SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE an overview of Australia, New Zealand, Chile, Argentina, and South African wines Ask almost any sommelier in the country what they are most excited about lately and the answer may surprise you. The wines of the southern hemisphere have recently taken an incredible quality turn upward as new viticulture techniques are taking hold (better vineyards = better wine). Never before have we seen this type of…

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The Sparkling Wine Masterclass (including incredible Champagne!)

December 27, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Cotroneo’s Wine And Spirits, 2148 3rd Street
White Bear Lake, MN 55110 United States

Twin Cities Wine Education LLC presents THE SPARKLING WINE MASTERCLASS Featuring Prosecco, Cava, Cremant, Champagne and everything in-between *** Say "bubbly" and most people can instantly hear the corks popping! Do you? If you do, this class is for you! Bubbly means celebration, good times, special occasions, and more often than not, Champagne.  But 'real' Champagne is but one of the many incredible sparkling wines the world has to offer. In this class, we will learn about everything Bubbly. We'll discuss…

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January 2018

Jason’s Wine Picks Q1 2018 tasting and class

January 11, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Cotroneo’s Wine And Spirits, 2148 3rd Street
White Bear Lake, MN 55110 United States

A new class and a new concept from Twin Cities Wine Education Jason's Picks: The new curated wine selections hand picked by Jason Kallsen Q1 2018 SELECTIONS: Class and tasting Thursday January 11th in White Bear Lake! Throughout 2018 I'll be taking over some sections of local wine shops around town. The "Jason's Picks" section will consist of 10 wines that I ferret out from great local wholesalers and offer with full information for the consumer including food pairings, history of…

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The Wines of Northern Italy: from Venice to Turin

January 18, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Cotroneo’s Wine And Spirits, 2148 3rd Street
White Bear Lake, MN 55110 United States

Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present one of our most popular classes Wine Regions of Northern Italy, from Venice to Turin It's one of my favorite wine journeys, and the route I've travelled the most in Europe. Starting in the Veneto and exploring Venice, we'll talk in detail about exploring this most historic of cities and how to have a personal and memorable experience. Then we're off to the hills of Prosecco, learning about modern trends in the…

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Unknown Italy: Exploring the overlooked wine regions

January 25, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Cotroneo’s Wine And Spirits, 2148 3rd Street
White Bear Lake, MN 55110 United States

Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present a great new class on an awseome old wine region Unknown Italy: Exploring the overlooked wine regions. We all know Chianti. And Barolo. And Barbaresco, Montalcino, Valpolicella, Friuli, Alto Adige, and other "go-to" regions of Italian wine. In this class we'll be tasting none of those.  Let's explore and discuss the unknown. The under the radar. The amazing old regions of Italy that have been producing for thousands of years but Americans…

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March 2018

The Ultimate Intro to Wine Part One (Winespeak)

March 12, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Cotroneo’s Wine And Spirits, 2148 3rd Street
White Bear Lake, MN 55110 United States

Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present our most popular class offering THE ULTIMATE INTRO TO WINE, PART ONE (“WINESPEAK”) The fundamentals of wine knowledge intimidate many, for we are talking about a subjective subject (smell and taste) while at the same time trying to understand why many give it a numerical score (90 points! Ah! Hedonistic fruit bomb!). Between varietals, regions, countries, aromas, flavors, and about a million different opinions out there, it’s no wonder many see the…

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Icon of California Wine: Beaulieu Vineyard 1989, 1982, 1974, 1970

March 13, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Cotroneo’s Wine And Spirits, 2148 3rd Street
White Bear Lake, MN 55110 United States

Twin Cities Wine Education LLC presents a very special wine event  Icons of California wine: Beaulieu Vineyard Cabernet 1989, 1982, 1974, and 1970 Extremely limited seating! Before the days of cult wines and 100 point scoring systems, a handful of legendary wines from Napa Valley were produced and are still considered today to be some of the top wines ever made in America. One such wine is Beaulieu Vineyards’ Georges de Latour Vineyard, from the heart of Napa Valley in Rutherford. Legendary winemaker Andre Tchelistcheff…

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Jason’s Wine Picks 2nd Quarter 2018 tasting and class

March 28, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Cotroneo’s Wine And Spirits, 2148 3rd Street
White Bear Lake, MN 55110 United States

A new class and a new concept from Twin Cities Wine Education Jason’s Picks: The new curated wine selections hand picked by Jason Kallsen Quarter two 2018 SELECTIONS: Class and tasting Wednesday March 28th in White Bear Lake! Throughout 2018 I’ll be taking over some sections of local wine shops around town. The “Jason’s Picks” section will consist of 10 wines that I ferret out from great local wholesalers and offer with full information for the consumer including food pairings, history…

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April 2018

Greats of Burgundy: Henri Gouges of Nuits-St.-Georges

April 12, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Cotroneo’s Wine And Spirits, 2148 3rd Street
White Bear Lake, MN 55110 United States

Greats of Burgundy: Henri Gouges There are some tastings for me that are so full of personal anticipation that I feel like I'm bursting at the seams, like a balloon with too much air in it. I can't stand it. I can't wait for it!!!! Five wines from a legendary producer, all side by side, all with their own personalities, and all over a hundred bucks a bottle! Domaine Henri Gouges is hands down one of my favorite producers in…

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Wine Geek Week: Founding Families of Oregon Pinot Noir

April 26, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Cotroneo’s Wine And Spirits, 2148 3rd Street
White Bear Lake, MN 55110 United States

Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present a special night of tasting and learning during Wine Geek Week: Oregon. The Founding Families of Oregon Pinot Noir A casual walk-around tasting featuring select wines from the families that established the Oregon Pinot Noir industry: Adelsheim, Knudsen, Ponzi, Lett, and Casteel. Wine distributor representatives will help you learn the story of these amazing families and what they achieved in the 1970’s, at the start of the Oregon fine wine industry. All…

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July 2018

Jason’s Picks 3rd Quarter 2018 tasting and class

July 5, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Cotroneo’s Wine And Spirits, 2148 3rd Street
White Bear Lake, MN 55110 United States

A new class and a new concept from Twin Cities Wine Education Jason’s Picks: The curated wine selections hand picked by Sommelier Jason Kallsen Q3 2018 SELECTIONS: Class and tasting Thursday July 5th in White Bear Lake! Throughout 2018 I’ll be taking over some sections of local wine shops around town, leading with Cotroneo’s in White Bear Lake. The new “Jason’s Picks” section will consist of 10 wines that I ferret out from great local wholesalers and offer with full information…

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December 2018

The Wine Academy with Chris Griese: Red Wines of Piemonte

December 20, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Cotroneo’s Wine And Spirits, 2148 3rd Street
White Bear Lake, MN 55110 United States

Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present The Wine Academy with Chris Griese Red Wines of PiemonteExploring Dolcetto, Barbera, and Nebbiolo Join us for a special evening with Chris Griese, one of the most experienced and knowledgeable wine and sake experts in the state of Minnesota, for a deep dive exploration into the three key red varieties from Piemonte, Italy: Dolcetto, Barbera, and Nebbiolo. This class will focus on the varieties themselves and will also touch on the complicated…

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January 2019

The Wine Academy: Sonoma Part One (Sonoma Coast and Russian River Valley)

January 4 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Cotroneo’s Wine And Spirits, 2148 3rd Street
White Bear Lake, MN 55110 United States

Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present a new concept in wine learning. The Wine Academy with Chris GrieseSonoma Part One: Sonoma Coast and Russian River Valley Join local wine expert Chris Griese for a new format of wine education, The Wine Academy. These multi-session educational seminars will be topical by month, focusing on a particular region in the world of wine. (The classes are independent of one another, meaning you do not need to take part one to…

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Jason’s Picks Q1 2019 at Cotroneo’s

January 7 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Cotroneo’s Wine And Spirits, 2148 3rd Street
White Bear Lake, MN 55110 United States

Jason’s Picks: The curated wine selections hand picked by Sommelier Jason Kallsen Q1 2019 SELECTIONS: Class and tasting Tuesday, October 9th in White Bear Lake! Throughout 2019 I’ll be taking over some sections of local wine shops around town, leading with Cotroneo’s in White Bear Lake. The  “Jason’s Picks” section will consist of 10 wines that I ferret out from great local wholesalers and offer with full information for the consumer including food pairings, history of the region and wineries, background behind…

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The Wine Academy: Sonoma Part Two (Dry Creek Valley and Alexander Valley)

January 9 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Cotroneo’s Wine And Spirits, 2148 3rd Street
White Bear Lake, MN 55110 United States

Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present a new concept in wine learning. The Wine Academy with Chris GrieseSonoma Part Two: Dry Creek Valley and Alexander Valley Join local wine expert Chris Griese for a new format of wine education, The Wine Academy. These multi-session educational and tasting seminars will be topical by month, focusing on a particular region in the world of wine. (The classes are independent of one another, meaning you do not need to take part one…

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The Wine Academy: Sonoma Part Three (Sonoma Valley and Petaluma Gap)

January 16 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Cotroneo’s Wine And Spirits, 2148 3rd Street
White Bear Lake, MN 55110 United States

Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present a new concept in wine learning. The Wine Academy with Chris GrieseSonoma Part Three: Petaluma Gap and Sonoma Valley Join local wine expert Chris Griese for a new format of wine education, The Wine Academy. These multi-session educational and tasting seminars will be topical by month, focusing on a particular region in the world of wine. (The classes are independent of one another, meaning you do not need to take part one to…

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