Twin Cities Wine Education exists to build your wine confidence, while sparking your wine curiosity.
Whether you’re just starting your wine journey or you’re a Master Sommelier, Twin Cities Wine is for you.
Our wine classes, which are some of the best available, bring you accurate information with a big dose of fun. We also organize wine events from small to large, with guest winemakers, speakers, and incredible bottles being served.
Twin Cities Wine Education operates fully independently. We do not represent specific brands, wholesalers, or retailers. We like to describe ourselves in the middle of a three circle Venn diagram, with the sections being retailers and restaurants, wholesalers and importers, and consumers. That little space in the middle that overlaps all three? That’s where we live.
- We communicate closely with the best personalities in the world of wine and do our best to give you a heads up when they visit the Twin Cities.
- When we travel to wine regions we will pass along what we learn (wineries, routes, hints, etc.).
- We profile Twin Cities wine bars, restaurants, sommeliers, and retailers to help you learn who and what is available. We’ll let you know what is great (and occasionally not so great) about our local wine scene.
- Our 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 25,000 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.
Jason also specializes in sales staff training for wholesalers, importers, retailers, and restaurants. His customized approaches to wine communication has proven itself as a successful sales booster for the industry.
Jason 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 the cats Oscar and George (aka “The Guys”).
Jason and Angela travel extensively around the world, always seeking to gain wine knowledge … and never believing they’ve got it aced (that can get you into so much trouble!).