Twin Cities Wine exists for one purpose: to provide the highest quality wine education and experiences while celebrating our great wine culture in the Twin Cities and Minnesota.
Whether you’re just starting your wine journey or you’re a Master Sommelier, Twin Cities Wine is for you.
My wine classes, which I firmly believe are the best in town since founding my little company in 1998, provide clear, enjoyable, and accurate information. Wine is an intimidating subject, and we aim to help to make it crystal clear for you.
- I write about the personalities in the world of wine and do my best to give you a heads up when they visit our cities.
- If I travel to wine regions I will pass along what I learn (wineries, routes, hints, etc.) as well as discovering ideas for our local wine bars and retailers to use.
- I profile Twin Cities wine bars, restaurants, sommeliers, and retailers to help you learn who and what is available. I’ll let you know what is great (and occasionally not so great) about our local wine scene.
- My aim is to bring together the local wine community to a place of convergence, where discussions and social media can be used to help all of us enjoy our wines just a little bit more.
Jason Kallsen started in the local wine scene in the early 1990s, waiting tables at high-end restaurants while attending college with the goal of teaching high school European History and Geography. After realizing that it would be far more enjoyable to teach adults how to drink, plus realizing that the wine world was basically history and geography incarnate, he proceeded to consult for Minnesota’s top wine retailer from 1996-2000 and work in various capacities in the wholesale and import wine business from 2000 until 2015.
Twin Cities Wine Education was founded in 1998 with the motto “Wine education without intimidation.” Jason has taught over 28,000 students the magic of wine over the years while also appearing on local, national, and international media including a worldwide broadcast of Performance Today pairing wines with classical music. He also teaches part-time in the continuing education department of the University of Minnesota.
He completed his Sommelier Certification through the Court of Master Sommeliers in September of 2015. He lives in Saint Paul, Minnesota with his artist wife Angela, and has a son in art college in Chicago (update 2019: graduated!). Enjoying wine helps soften the blow of the tuition bills.
Jason travels extensively around the world, always seeking to gain wine knowledge … and never believing he’s got it aced (that can get you into so much trouble!).