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218 North Washington Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55401 US

February 2018

Understanding Sake, with the Sake Ninja himself, Chris Johnson

February 28 @ 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 one of the top sake experts in the world, Chris Johnson a.k.a. The Sake Ninja. Chris Johnson, “THE SAKE NINJA,” is a sake sommelier certified by the Sake Service Institute, a member of the board of directors for Joy of Sake and has served as a judge for the U.S. National Sake Appraisal since 2000. Chris is a certified WSET Level 3 Sake Educator and in 2013 earned the…

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March 2018

The Riojas of CVNE with special guest Gloria Zapatero

March 1 @ 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 special night of Rioja with a very special guest! The Wines of CVNE with Gloria Zapatero Get ready for an unforgettable night of Rioja! The wines of CVNE (Compañía Vinícola del Norte del España — pronouned “COO-nay” becuase the first vintage in 1879 was misprinted as “Cune” on the labels) are some of the best of the moment coming out of this historical region. We are pleased to welcome Gloria Zapatero,…

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Walla Walla Masterclass with Chad Johnson of Dusted Valley Vineyards

March 5 @ 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 special night of wine and learning from “local boy done good” Chad Johnson, founder and owner of Dusted Valley Vineyards and Boomtown. Walla Walla Masterclass with Chad Johnson of Dusted Valley Vineyards Last summer I was lucky enough to spend three days in Walla Walla with the top winemakers of the area, plus visits and tastings at the most historic founding wineries of the area (Woodward Canyon and L’Ecole No. 41).…

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1994 was a very good year

March 6 @ 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 special night with very limited seating. 1994 was a very good year When I first got into the wine business in a serious way, the 1994 California vintage was just hitting the market. After the lackluster 1993’s, combined with a swelling interest and demand for great California wine, the 1994 vintage arrived with a bang. These wines were incredible. Like head-spinning awesome. Back in those days at Surdyk’s it was me,…

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Bien Nacido and Solomon Hills Estate with Master Sommelier Will Castello

March 29 @ 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 special night of amazing wines with a truly special guest. Bien Nacido and Solomon Hills Estate with Master Sommelier Will Costello 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…

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April 2018

Old Barolo: The 1996, 1989, and 1978 vintages (plus more)

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

Twin Cities Wine Education presents a special night of amazing Barolo OLD BAROLO: THE 1996, 1989, AND 1978 VINTAGES How often do you have the chance to try 40 year old Barolo? Much less side by side with a 29 year old Barolo (from the Cannubi Vineyard!) and a gem from the stunning 1996 vintage, at 22 years old? Join us for a very special night of Barolo education and appreciation. These are wines made to go the long haul,…

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TCWE 20th Anniversary: 1998 Tasting Number One

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

I founded my little company in 1998, while I was a wine consultant at Surdyk’s Liquors. Twenty years later I’m so lucky to still be doing what I’m doing, and that is because of YOU. I love teaching people about wine, and the 20th anniversary of Twin Cities Wine Education gives us a unique moment to look back at a very distinctive vintage. TCWE 20th Anniversary Tasting, Number One I’m compliing a world wide 1998 vintage review that I’ll present…

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Inglenook: 1984-1985-1986 Vertical (and more!)

April 16 @ 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 special night of amazing wines and history. THE WINES OF INGLENOOK Featuring: 1984, 1985, and 1986 Inglenook Caberent Sauvignon plus other gems 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…

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Wine Geek Week: Free showing of Oregon Wine: Grapes of Place

April 21 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
North Loop Wine & Spirits, 218 North Washington Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55401 US
Free

Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present Wine Geek Week: Oregon, from April 21-27. Free showing of Oregon Wine: Grapes of Place, by Oregon Public Broadcasting Join us for the kickoff event of Wine Geek Week to view the critically acclaimed documentary tell the story of the history of the Willamette Valley wine industry and the amazing families that made it happen. Beautifully produced, this is the perfect way to start Wine Geek Week: Oregon. Following the tasting there…

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Wine Geek Week: Terroir of Willamette Valley with Alex Fullerton

April 23 @ 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 Wine Geek Week: Oregon, April 21-27, 2018. Terroir (and other insider information) of Willamette Valley with Alex Fullerton of Fullerton Winery. Join us for a night with a special guest expert that carries an encycopedia of Willamette Valley in his brain. Alex Fullerton is the talented young winemaker and founder of Fullerton Wines, which is suddenly found at many of the best restaurants of the Twin Cities. In this class we’ll dive…

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Wine Geek Week: The Bill Hooper Show (the King of Riesling)

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

Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present Wine Geek Week: Oregon, April 21-27, 2018. The Bill Hooper Show (behold the King of Riesling … and so much more) This class will be a special highlight of Wine Geek Week. I’ve known Bill Hooper for well over ten years, going back to when he was the wine buyer at Zipp’s Liquor on Franklin Avenue in Minneapolis and I was his sales rep. We’ve tasted a ton of wines together, and…

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May 2018

Secrets of the Somm: Intro to Deductive Wine Tasting

May 8 @ 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 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…

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Altitude Matters: A seminar with Master Sommelier Thomas Price

May 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 the “Altitude Matters” seminar with Master Sommelier Thomas M. Price! 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 SOMM, is considered by many to be the hardest to achieve in almost any field. Those who have passed it have spent years working toward the goal, and have joined an elite group that is…

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Ultimate Intro to Wine: Winespeak

May 16 @ 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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TCWE 20th Anniversary: 1998 Tasting Number Two

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

I founded my little company in 1998, while I was a wine consultant at Surdyk’s Liquors. Twenty years later I’m so lucky to still be doing what I’m doing, and that is because of YOU. I love teaching people about wine, and the 20th anniversary of Twin Cities Wine Education gives us a unique moment to look back at a very distinctive vintage. TCWE 20th Anniversary Tasting, Number Two I’m compliing a world wide 1998 vintage review that I’ll present…

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June 2018

Shane Finley Loves Wine Science

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

SHANE FINLEY LOVES WINE SCIENCE. A class exploring the science of winemaking, vintage variations, and more. Location: North Loop Wine and Spirits Wines to be enjoyed:  2017 Shane ‘Ma Fille’ Rose of PInot Noir 2013 v. 2015 Shane Russian River Valley Charm Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley 2013 v. 2015 Shane Sonoma Coast La Reine Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast 2013 v. 2014 Shane Villain Syrah, Santa Lucia Highlands *** Join us for an incredible night with Shane Finley of Shane Wines.…

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August 2018

The Rosé Wine Masterclass 2018

August 1 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
North Loop Wine & Spirits, 218 North Washington Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55401 US

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 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 best of its kind event, we’ll taste a huge range…

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Châteauneuf-du-Pape: the 2000 Vintage Revisited

August 2 @ 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 very special wines ONLY 12 SEATS AVAILABLE Châteauneuf-du-Pape: the 2000 Vintage Revisited As a card-carrying Rhoneophile, I get giddy when it comes to Southern Rhone gems with a touch of age. Add to that a list of some of my favorite producers and a stunning vintage that has proven to make lush but strudy wines, and you know we’re in for quite a night. Join us for an…

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Fisher Coach Insignia Retrospective: 1990 to 1999

August 6 @ 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 night of incredible wines with perfect aging. FISHER COACH INSIGNIA RETROSPECTIVE Featuring the 1999, 1996, 1995, 1993, and 1990 Fisher Coach Insignia, plus an added bonus: 1981 Fisher Cabernet Sauvignon. *** Instructor: Jason Kallsen Class size: Small (limited to 12) Location: North Loop Wine and Spirits Start time: 7pm *** This is going to be a great one. No doubt about that. The Fisher family has been quietly making consistently incredible…

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The Chablis Masterclass with Wil Bailey, featuring Grand Cru selections

August 13 @ 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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The Wines of Tuscany: a complete overview

August 20 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
North Loop Wine & Spirits, 218 North Washington Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55401 US

Tuscany is one of those regions that the mere mention of will cause eyes to roll and sighs to be heard … we all love Tuscany, even if we have never been there. Reading books about Tuscany or seeing movies only help to reinforce our love of the region, but drinking the wines of Tuscany solidifies the deal. The wines of Tuscany are surprisingly varied. This class will begin by covering the geography of the region — exactly where Tuscany…

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Ultimate Intro to Wine: Winespeak

August 21 @ 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 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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September 2018

The Greatest Sparkling Wines (you’ve never heard of)

September 5 @ 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 new class that is sure to be an eye opener for many THE GREATEST SPARKLING WINES (YOU’VE NEVER HEARD OF) The world of sparkling wine is full of the predictable. Prosecco (been there). Cava (done that). Champagne (love it, but what else is there?). In this new class we’ll be popping gems that are incredible but totally off the radar for most wine drinkers. We’ll explore sparkling wines of New York.…

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The Australian Wine Treasure Trove: old and rare gems

September 6 @ 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 class featuring the best of Australia THE AUSTRALIAN WINE TREASURE TROVE: old and rare gems Pity Australia … it is not getting the love it deserves. While the rest of the world is showing off the new, the hot, the unknown, and the odd, Australia is still suffering from Yellowtail overload (at its peak, Yellowtail accounted for 50% of ALL Aussie wine imports to America … hard to get out…

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The Wines of Piemonte, Italy – A Full Overview

September 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 a special class featuring a comprehensive overview of one of the great wine regions of the world THE WINES OF PIEMONTE, ITALY – A FULL OVERVIEW Many consider it the greatest wine region on the planet, or at least on par with Burgundy and Bordeaux. The region of Piemonte, in far northwestern Italy, is well known for Barolo and Barbaresco (which of course we’ll cover in this class), but there is also…

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