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218 North Washington Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55401 US

March 2017

Ultimate Intro to Wine (Winespeak)

March 7, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine & Spirits, 218 North Washington Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55401 US

Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present our most popular class offering THE ULTIMATE INTRO TO WINE ("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 world of…

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What’s New in Italian Wine, with expert guest Cari Focht

March 16, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine & Spirits, 218 North Washington Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55401 US

Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present a casual evening of wine, education, and discussion What's New in Italian Wine, with special expert guest Cari Focht Join us for a new format of casual wine discussion with fantastic sampling! The wines of Italy available in Minnesota have changed dramatically over the last ten years as new technology, importers, producers, and styles have come to the forefront. Join Jason Kallsen and Italian wine specialist (and good friend) Cari Focht of…

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April 2017

Ultimate Intro to Wine (Winespeak) at North Loop Wine and Spirits

April 4, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine & Spirits, 218 North Washington Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55401 US

Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present our most popular class offering THE ULTIMATE INTRO TO WINE ("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 world of…

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Burgundy Masterclass: Village, Premier, and Grand Cru comparisons

April 10, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine & Spirits, 218 North Washington Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55401 US

Twin Cities Wine presents an evening of legendary wines to learn about Burgundy Burgundy Masterclass: Village, Premier Cru, and Grand Cru comparisons Flight One: White Burgundy, featuring a village level, a Premier Cru, and a Grand Cru side by side.Flight Two: Red Burgundy, featuring a village level, a Premier Cru, and a Grand Cru side by side. The best way to learn about the impact of terroir in the legendary area of Burgundy! Of all the wine regions of the…

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Organics and Biodynamics: A night with Jonah Beer of Frog’s Leap winery

April 13, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine & Spirits, 218 North Washington Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55401 US

Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present an amazing evening with a special guest, to better understand a very important topic: "green" wines. ORGANIC, BIODYNAMIC, DRY FARMING, and how to make AMAZING WINES IN NAPA VALLEY, with special guest Jonah Beer of Frog's Leap Winery. I've had the pleasure of knowing Jonah Beer of Frog's Leap winery for nearly fifteen years, and I can honestly say there is nobody I'd rather have present the science and ideas behind sustainable,…

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Portugal: A travel overview with Ryan Opaz of Catavino

April 18, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine & Spirits, 218 North Washington Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55401 US
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Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present PORTUGAL: A wine travel overview with Ryan Opaz of Catavino A special night with one of the top Iberian wine travel experts in the world, Minnesota native Ryan Opaz. If there is one wine country to keep an eye on right now, it's Portugal. No other wine destination is getting the type of international travel coverage that Portugal has received from the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, and many…

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May 2017

Ultimate Intro to Wine (Winespeak) at North Loop Wine and Spirits

May 10, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine & Spirits, 218 North Washington Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55401 US

Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present our most popular class offering THE ULTIMATE INTRO TO WINE ("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 world of…

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Sommelier DLynn Proctor: the Australian Wine Masterclass

May 25, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
North Loop Wine & Spirits, 218 North Washington Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55401 US

Twin Cities Wine Education, in partnership with Penfolds of Australia, is proud to present an incredible afternoon of wine, learning, and history with one of the best known Sommeliers in America today. Sommelier DLynn Proctor presents the Australian Wine Masterclass featuring the wines of Penfolds (including Grange!) DLynn Proctor first came to prominence in the wine world when he was named Food and Wine Magazine's Sommelier of the Year in 2008. But his career went into overdrive when his stress…

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An evening with Master Sommelier Thomas Price

May 25, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
North Loop Wine & Spirits, 218 North Washington Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55401 US

Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present a very special evening of wine discussion and education with Master Sommelier Thomas M. Price! Please note start time for the event is 5:30. Mr. Price is catching a flight out of the Twin Cities that night, so the event will end promptly at 7:30. There are only 236 of them in the world, and only 149 in the Americas. The title of Master Sommelier, as you have seen in the documentary…

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Vinho Verde: Like no other wine in the world

May 30, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine & Spirits, 218 North Washington Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55401 US

Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present a perfect class for a summertime evening WINES OF VINHO VERDE: Like no other wines in the world Only $15 a person! It's happening now. Serious Vinho Verdes are starting to arrive in Minnesota. We've had perfectly drinkable wines available from northern Portugal for quite some time, but a recent wave of more detailed and interesting wines have now arrived in our state. In this new class we’ll examine the far northern portion…

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Douro Valley Masterclass with Oscar Quevedo

May 31, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine & Spirits, 218 North Washington Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55401 US

Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to welcome one of our favorite winemakers in the world to Minnesota, where he's kicking off his brand and educating us on the magic of the Douro Valley and Port production DOURO VALLEY AND PORT MASTERCLASS with Oscar Quevedo of Quevedo Winery I first met Oscar about five years ago when our mutual friend Ryan Opaz brought five winemakers across the upper midwest in a van full of wine, calling it the Portugal Wine…

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June 2017

Vinho Verde: Like no other wine in the world

June 3, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
North Loop Wine & Spirits, 218 North Washington Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55401 US

Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present a perfect class for a summertime evening WINES OF VINHO VERDE: Like no other wines in the world Only $15 a person! It's happening now. Serious Vinho Verdes are starting to arrive in Minnesota. We've had perfectly drinkable wines available from northern Portugal for quite some time, but a recent wave of more detailed and interesting wines have now arrived in our state. In this new class we’ll examine the far northern portion…

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The Ultimate Intro to Wine (Winespeak)

June 27, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
North Loop Wine & Spirits, 218 North Washington Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55401 US

It's our most popular class: 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 world of wine as a tornado of confusion. No…

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The Wines of Italy: from Piemonte to Sicily and everywhere in-between

June 28, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
North Loop Wine & Spirits, 218 North Washington Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55401 US

Twin Cities Wine Education presents the top overview program of a favorite and cherished (and confusing) wine country for many: The Wines of Italy, from Piemonte to Sicily! Featuring six incredible selections to enjoy while learning! Ah, Italy! Rolling countrysides, dramatic snow capped mountains, lava-spitting volcanoes, olive oil, pasta, pizza, beautiful cars driven by beautiful people wearing beautiful clothes. There truly is no country like Italy. And the wines! The incredible wines produced in every corner, from the border with…

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July 2017

Secrets of the Somm: Intro to Deductive Wine Tasting

July 10, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
North Loop Wine & Spirits, 218 North Washington Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55401 US

Twin Cities Wine Education LLC presents an exciting new class Secrets of the Somm: Intro to Deductive Wine TastingPlus 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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White Burgundy: Puligny, Chassagne, and Meursault

July 11, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
North Loop Wine & Spirits, 218 North Washington Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55401 US

Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present a top level class comparing three great Burgundy regions White Burgundy: Puligny, Chassagne, and Meursault Three villages, all next to each other. One grape, Chardonnay. All the wines are spectacular, often citied as the top of the quality potential for the Chardonnay grape. Yet all three villages produce such incredibly different wines. Why? That's the question we'll answer in this class. It's the region where terroir reigns. Where one tiny parcel of land can…

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South African wine with Jasper Raats of Longridge Wine Estate

July 13, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
North Loop Wine & Spirits, 218 North Washington Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55401 US

Twin Cities Wine Education is pleased to welcome a special guest from the other side of the globe The Wines of South Africa with Jasper Raats of Longridge Wine Estates South African wine has been getting more and more attention in the last few years, competing with Portugal for the title of the new "it" wine country in terms of increased quality and top notch tourism. But South African wine remains a mystery to many. Waves of mediocre wines in…

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The Ultimate Intro to Wine (Winespeak)

July 31, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
North Loop Wine & Spirits, 218 North Washington Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55401 US

It's our most popular class: 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 world of wine as a tornado of confusion. No…

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August 2017

Annette Peters: The Wonder Woman of Wine Importing

August 1, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
North Loop Wine & Spirits, 218 North Washington Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55401 US

Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present a special evening with one of our favorite wine importers! Annette Peters: The Wonder Woman of Wine Importing We are lucky in the Twin Cities to have a force to be reckoned when it comes to bringing wine into our local scene.  Her name is Annette Peters and I've had the pleasure of knowing her for over twenty years. Often cited as the best wine taster in the state, she is a specialist in…

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The Chablis Masterclass with Wil Bailey, featuring Grand Cru selections

August 9, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
North Loop Wine & Spirits, 218 North Washington Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55401 US

Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present a very special night of top level wines! The Chablis Masterclass with guest Wil Bailey, featuring Grand Cru selections! For wine lovers, Burgundy is considered the holy land and white Burgundy the greatest expression of Chardonnay on the planet. The region of Chablis in far northern Burgundy produces the most minerally, steely, focused, sharp, bright, and dynamic style of Chardonnay on the planet, and in this class you'll taste the best available.…

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Wine Geek Week: Free showing of A Year In Port

August 13, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
North Loop Wine & Spirits, 218 North Washington Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55401 US
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Wine Geek Week kickoff: Free showing of the accailmed movie A Year In Port What better way to kick off Wine Geek Week: Portugal Edition than a FREE screening of the acclaimed film A Year In Port, produced by the same team that brought us the other movies in the trilogy: A Year in Champagne and A Year in Burgundy. The movie follows the seasons of the beautiful Douro Valley, from the hibernation of the winter vines onward to budbreak…

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Wine Geek Week: Kopke Colheita Port Masterclass

August 17, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
North Loop Wine & Spirits, 218 North Washington Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55401 US

Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present a special night of incredible ports. Wine Geek Week: Kopke Colheita Port Masterclass Featuring 30 Year Tawny, 30 Year White, and 1999, 1978, 1966, and 1957 Colheita! Colheita, which is a style of port best described as “vintage dated tawny” is increasingly rare due to its very nature: these are wines that have quietly sat in barrels in the port lodges for many years, often decades. As time goes on, the ‘Angel’s…

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September 2017

The Ultimate Intro to Wine (Winespeak)

September 7, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine & Spirits, 218 North Washington Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55401 US

It's our most popular class: 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 world of wine as a tornado of confusion. No…

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Super Tuscans: The renegades of Italian Wine

September 11, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine & Spirits, 218 North Washington Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55401 US

It's a category that fascinates many but equally confuses. What is a "Super Tuscan?" What makes it super? How do you know what is in it? Some are $20, some are $200 ... what is the logic? In this new class we'll explore every aspect of this fascinating wine category while tasting incredible examples made in a variety of styles.  We'll start with the history. The ideas behind "Super Tuscans" have their roots in post World War II Italy, as…

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The Wines of Friuli, with special guest Michele Pasqua of Marco Felluga

September 25, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine & Spirits, 218 North Washington Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55401 US

Most wine lovers can rattle off their favorite Italian wines or regions with relative ease: Chianti, Barolo, Vapolicella, Sicily, etc. But some of the most exciting and dynamic wines of Italy are coming from the 'under the radar' regions. My favorite of these 'hidden' regions is that of Friuli, in the far northeastern corner of Italy on the border with the former Yugoslavia. Granted, Friuli is far from 'hidden.' It produces the best white wines of Italy, bar none, and has a…

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Coastal Chardonnay and Pinot Noir: best of North America

September 28, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine & Spirits, 218 North Washington Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55401 US

Twin Cities Wine Education presents a very "cool" wine class Coastal Chardonnay and Pinot Noir of North AmericaExploring the cool climate old-world style fringes of American winemaking Photo: View of fog over the Sonoma Coast from Hirsch Vineyards.Photo by Jasmine Hirsch, who's family story we'll be discussing in detail in this class. Do a Google image search on just the term "American Coastal" and you'll see sunsets, beaches, the beautiful people, the outdoor lifestyle, and no indication that anything exists…

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October 2017

Washington State Terroir: Featuring the top wines of L’Ecole No.41

October 2, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine & Spirits, 218 North Washington Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55401 US

Twin Cities Wine Educaiton is proud to present a special night of learning with Washington wine expert Kim Bolander. Washington State Terroir: Featuring the top wines of L'Ecole, with special guest expert Kim Bolander In late August 2017 I'm taking my first trip to the wine regions around Walla Walla Washington. I can't wait. The exploration of soil terroirs in this area are legendary in the wine business, and I'm lucky enough to be shown around by many of the…

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Great Wineries of the World: Seghesio

October 4, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine & Spirits, 218 North Washington Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55401 US

Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present a class on the history and people of a favorite winery. Great Wineries of the World: Seghesio Few American wineries have the amazing history and story like that of Seghesio. A true rags to riches (then back to rags, then even more riches) story, it begins in the late 1800’s and continues into the 21st century. And in this new class we’ll not only cover the history of the Seghesio family but…

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Dynamic Volcanic Wines of Italy with guest Massimo Serradimigni

October 11, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine & Spirits, 218 North Washington Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55401 US

Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present a great night of wines and a very special guest. Dynamic Volcanic Wines of Italy: Inhale the Complexity of Volcanic Soil With special guests Massimo Serradimigni and Nikki Erpelding of Winebow. There is plenty of modern evidence to support the idea that volcanic soils are truly special when it comes to producing top level wines. But thousands of years ago, the Greeks and the Romans apparently figured it out first. In this…

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Borgogno Barolo Vertical: 2003, 1998, 1982, and more!

October 16, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine & Spirits, 218 North Washington Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55401 US

Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present a very special night of perfectly aged wines directly from Barolo. Borgogno Barolo Riserva Vertical: 2003, 1998, 1982 Barolo and more, with special guest: Andrea Cravero of Borgogno winery! To truly understand Barolo takes time, for these wines are built for the ages. Only with patience can the quality and detail of truly great Barolo come forth.  But who wants to wait? And if you are aging it yourself, you must be concerned…

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The Wines of Spain: A complete overview

October 18, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine & Spirits, 218 North Washington Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55401 US

Twin Cities Wine Education presents the top overview program of one of the most dynamic and exciting countries in the world of wine: Spain. There is no country that has taken the wine world by storm faster than Spain. Even as recently as the 1980's and 1990's, many wines from Spain were unpredictable, backward, variable, and just not worth the hunt. Then the wine revolution happened, bringing in modern winemaking techniques, massive investments, and the attention of the world's wine…

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An evening with The Piedmont Guy, Weston Hoard

October 23, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine & Spirits, 218 North Washington Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55401 US

Twin Cities Wine Educaiton is proud to present a special night with a very special guest An Evening with Weston Hoard, The Piedmont Guy His story is amazing, and led in December 2015 to a full profile in the Wall Street Journal (read the article here). A native Minnesotan, son of prominent local artists, goes to a wine tasting in Chicago and falls for the daughter of one of the premier Barolo producers, Paulo Scavino. One thing led to another…

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November 2017

Great Wineries of the World: Paul Hobbs

November 1, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine & Spirits, 218 North Washington Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55401 US

Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present a very special night of very special wines. Great Wineries of the World: Paul Hobbs He's been called "the Steve Jobs of Wine" and Robert Parker twice nominated him as wine personality of the year saying "Paul Hobbs has emerged as one of the great success stories in Northern California. He’s an international consultant known for his outstanding work in Argentina."  And on November 1st we get to learn about the legend…

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Secrets of the Somm: Intro to Deductive Wine Tasting

November 6, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
North Loop Wine & Spirits, 218 North Washington Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55401 US

Twin Cities Wine Education LLC presents an exciting new class Secrets of the Somm: Intro to Deductive Wine TastingPlus an overview of wine accreditation courses and programs NOTE: THIS CLASS BEGINS AT 7:30PM instead of the normal start time (6:30). Thank you. 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…

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The Founding Families of Oregon Pinot Noir

November 20, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine & Spirits, 218 North Washington Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55401 US

Twin Cities Wine is proud to present a very important new class ... The Founding Families of Oregon Pinot: Featuring the wines and stories of Eyrie, Adelsehim, Bethel Heights, Knudsen, and Ponzi Join us for a very special night featuring the wine and stories of the five families that were at the start of the Willamette Valley wine industry in the 1960's and 1970's. Their stories are remarkable, as are the wines. And we'll be tasting a great Pinot Noir…

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Ultimate Intro to the wines of Europe

November 27, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine & Spirits, 218 North Washington Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55401 US

Twin Cities Wine Education LLC is proud to present THE ULTIMATE INTRO TO WINE: 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.…

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The Ultimate Intro to Wine Part One (Winespeak)

November 28, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine & Spirits, 218 North Washington Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55401 US

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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December 2017

Burgundy Masterclass: The Reds of the Côte de Nuits

December 4, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine & Spirits, 218 North Washington Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55401 US

Twin Cities Wine Education presents an incredible night of Burgundy education THE BURGUNDY MASTERCLASS: REDS OF THE CÔTE DE NUITS Of all the wine regions of the world, Burgundy holds the charm and attention of wine experts the most. Why? Quite simple, really. Burgundy produces many of the best, most legendary, and most complex wines of the world. Within the region of Burgundy, the northern half of the Cote d'Or, known as the Côtes de Nuits, is renowned for making possibly the…

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January 2018

The Ultimate Intro to Wine Part One (Winespeak)

January 8 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine & Spirits, 218 North Washington Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55401 US

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 Wines of Europe: an overview

January 9 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine & Spirits, 218 North Washington Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55401 US

Twin Cities Wine Education LLC is proud to present THE ULTIMATE INTRO TO WINE: 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.…

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Warre’s Vintage Port: best vintages back to 1970

January 13 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
North Loop Wine & Spirits, 218 North Washington Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55401 US

Twin Cities Wine Education presents a special Saturday afternoon class featuring some of the best Ports ever produced! WARRE'S VINTAGE PORT VERTICALFeaturing 2003, 2000, 1994, 1980, and 1970 Twin Cities Wine Education LLC is proud to present a very special evening   Vintage Port is, without a doubt, one of the crown jewels of the wine world. Legendary houses such as Quinta do Noval, Graham's, and Warre's have been bringing us joy for centuries. Only made in the best of…

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Riedel Veritas Champagne plus Sparkling Wine Masterclass

January 15 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine & Spirits, 218 North Washington Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55401 US

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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Montalcino: Brunello, Rosso, History, and More

January 24 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine & Spirits, 218 North Washington Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55401 US

Twin Cities Wine Education presents a night focusing on the legendary wines of Montalcino, Italy Montalcino: Brunello, Rosso, History, and More In this new and comprehensive class we'll dive deep into the city of Montalcino in the Tuscan hills and learn about their very specific clone of Sangiovese, the Brunello clone. The Brunello di Montalcino wines of Tuscany are some of the most collectable and sought after wines of Italy (along with Barolo and Barbaresco, of course). We'll taste a…

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February 2018

The Ultimate Intro to Wine Part One (Winespeak)

February 7 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine & Spirits, 218 North Washington Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55401 US

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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Natural Wines: A complete introduction to a misunderstood topic

February 17 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
North Loop Wine & Spirits, 218 North Washington Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55401 US

Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present a new class on a hot topic. Natural Wines: A complete introduction to a misunderstood topic It's a topic that has grabbed the attention of the wine buying public, especially the up and coming millennial generation. "Natural wine" has become a such a hot category that many restaurants and wine shops have added these wines without really learning what they are all about. And that is where this class comes in. Wikipedia…

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Blind Burgundy Battle 2018: Chardonnay and Pinot Noir showdown

February 26 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine & Spirits, 218 North Washington Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55401 US

Twin Cities Wine Education presents BLIND BURGUNDY BATTLE 2018!CHARDONNAY AND PINOT NOIR BURGUNDY VS. THE WORLD 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…

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March 2018

Secrets of the Somm: Intro to Deductive Wine Tasting

March 14 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine & Spirits, 218 North Washington Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55401 US

Twin Cities Wine Education LLC presents an exciting new class Secrets of the Somm: Intro to Deductive Wine TastingPlus 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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May 2018

The Rosé Wine Masterclass 2018

May 7 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine & Spirits, 218 North Washington Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55401 US

NOTE: THIS ROSE CLASS IS SOLD OUT, BUT WE'VE ADDED ANOTHER SESSION ON TUESDAY MAY 29th at the University Club of St. Paul. Click here for more info and registration for the May 29th class. Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present the number one Rosé wine class available THE ROSÉ MASTERCLASS 2018 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…

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Wine legend John Fetzer of Saracina: Organics, Biodynamics, and Mendocino

May 9 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine & Spirits, 218 North Washington Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55401 US

Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present an evening with a legend in the wine business John Fetzer of Saracina: Organics, Biodynamics, and the wines of Mendocino Get ready for a great night. None other than John Fetzer, one of the most experienced organic and biodynamic farmers of Mendocino County and the oldest of the ten famous Fetzer siblings. John was the President of Fetzer Vineyards for 21 years before the family decided to sell their namesake in 1993,…

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September 2018

Wine Geek Week, South Africa: The Masterclass

September 24 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
North Loop Wine & Spirits, 218 North Washington Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55401 US

Twin Cities Wine Education Inc. is proud to present the single best one-night class ever on the wines of South Africa. The South Africa Wine Masterclass with guest expert Jesse Balsimo “SOUTH AFRICA’S RICH ARRAY OF HIGH-QUALITY WINES AWAITS TO BE DISCOVERED. WITH THE NUMEROUS SMALL LABELS AND A RANGE OF VARIETIES SHOWCASING THE COUNTRY’S DIVERSE TERROIR, THIS IS THE TIME TO START EXPLORING SOUTH AFRICAN WINE.”— JAMES MOLESWORTH, WINE SPECTATOR The wines of South Africa have never been better,…

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October 2018

The New Australia Wine: A night with Chris Rowe of Old Bridge Cellars

October 17 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine & Spirits, 218 North Washington Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55401 US

Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present an eye-opening night focused on the modern Australian wine industry. The New Australia, with Chris Rowe of Old Bridge Cellars If you want to learn some fascinating wine business history full of boom, bust, and reinvention, look to Australia. In the 1990's, as wine critic Robert Parker started layering accolade upon accolade on the wines of Australia, a definite theme emerged: bigger is better. The 'hedonistic fruit bombs' of the time was driven…

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