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A night with Jonah Beer of Frog’s Leap winery

October 3, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present an amazing evening with one of our favorite wine personalities on the planet.
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, organic, biodynamic, and dry farming than Jonah.
He’s a powerhouse of information, and expect to learn more than you ever thought possible about the history of Napa Valley, the evolution of thought in the valley regarding use of herbicides and pesticides, the debate about what a ‘balanced’ wine is all about, and choices when it comes to water usage and conservation.
We will taste the portfolio of Frog’s Leap wines in the process, including the relatively new but already legendary Rutherford Estate Cabernet (wait until you hear the story on this one!).
I hope you can make it for this very special night with friends and wine!

Photo: John Williams of Frog’s Leap, discussing the use of a cow horn in Biodynamic preparations
It’s a hot-button issue today and one that is tremendously misunderstood.  When we’re talking about “Green Wine” or wine that mentions the word “Organic” on the label, what are we truly talking about?  Is this wine better for us, or do we convince ourselves that we like it more because we think we are supposed to like it more?
These are tough questions because we are taught that anything better for the environment is what we are supposed like more. 
And what about sulfites?  How does this play into the debate?
In this new class, we’ll approach the topic first with a broad scope, focusing on the different labels and terminology so you learn what is legally important, what it means, and how it impacts the final product. We’ll cover the difference between “Organic Wine” and “Made with Organic Grapes” plus a dozen other important terms you may come across. We’ll also discuss the “Natural Wine” movement which is quite controversial to many in the industry.
Then we’ll go into the big three categories (Sustainable, Organic, and Biodynamic), with emphasis on the topic of Biodynamic farming and what it entails. Few topics in the wine world are as thought-provoking (and at the same time controversial) as Biodynamics. The farming system developed by Rudolph Steiner in the early 20th century has revolutionized how many modern farmers go about their work but has also brought out scientists who proclaim it to be without merit. Can the position of the moon truly affect the outcome of a plant? Does the rhymic cycles of tidal influence chance how a grapevine metabolizes? Most controversial, can the astrological sign that the moon passes through change how a wine tastes at any given moment? These questions and many more will be discussed as we taste through a selection of high-quality wines relating to the topic.
Class details
Class instructor: Jason Kallsen
Location: North Loop Wine and Spirits
Start time: 6:30pm
Number of wines to be served: 6, and maybe more!
Other notes: Free parking can usually be had behind the store. Also free parking at Red Rabbit if you eat there ahead of the class.
What is Twin Cities Wine Education?
Twin Cities Wine Education Inc. is an independent wine education company founded in 1998 by Jason Kallsen (Certified Sommelier with the Court of Master Sommeliers and Certified Specialist in Wine with the Society of Wine Educators). With no financial ties to any winery, distributor, importer, or retailer, Twin Cities Wine Education prides itself on truly independent education, with no sales pitch for the wines involved. The company’s mission is to build wine confidence while sparking wine curiosity.
Is there wine served at the class?
Oh my yes! Usually six selections (occasionally a bit fewer or more, but we aim for six), all presented in top quality Riedel stemware at the correct temperature and decanted if needed.
What can I expect at a Twin Cities Wine Education class?
We pride ourselves on our independent education, free of sales pitch or distributor influence. Upon arriving you’ll receive the class outline and any handouts and maps relevant to the topic. It’s a great way to meet new friends, for you’ll be seated with other equally curious students. Most classes are approximately two hours, with a short break in the middle.
How many people come to the wine classes?
Some exclusive classes (older vintages, where we only have one bottle of each wine, for instance) are limited to about 12 people. The rest of the classes are based on the space we are in, usually capped in the 30-50 person range.
What is the refund policy?
Full refunds for any reason up to seven days before the event. Within seven days (or after the class) there are no refunds available. Your ticket is fully transferable to anybody over 21 years of age, and there is no need to inform us of the transfer … simply have the new recipient arrive with the ticket in hand or knowing the original ticket buyer’s name.
What other services does Twin Cities Wine Education offer?
We specialize in private wine educational seminars and events and are fully licensed and insured to present throughout the state of Minnesota in homes and offices. These private events and education can range from two to two hundred people (the average small group event is 10-20 people). We also offer private wine cellar organization services, staff training for restaurants and retailers, and wholesaler/importer sales staff development of not only wine knowledge but also wine business acumen and sales territory management. Reach out to Angela Kallsen (Director of Operations) with any questions on these services: Angela@twincitieswine.com.


October 3, 2018
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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North Loop Wine & Spirits
218 North Washington Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55401

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