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Intro to Wine series: EUROPE PART ONE (France, Italy, and Spain)

July 27 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

A detailed overview of the wines of France, Italy, and Spain including main regions, key varieties, and buying advice!

The best class around to introduce you to the key wine countries of Europe.

The Intro to Wine series: EUROPE PART ONE, the wines and regions of France, Italy, and Spain

Presented by Certified Sommelier Jason Kallsen, founder and owner of Twin Cities Wine Education

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. And lastly, they are the majority of wines available in most wine shops in the United States.

Then something strange and wonderful happens… maybe it’s a bottle of Puligny-Montrachet from France, or a Soave Classico from Italy, or a Priorat from Spain.

Whatever it may be, you find yourself intrigued by the wonderful taste and aromas, which are so different from American wines. You wonder just what it is that you are enjoying. Picking up the bottle, you look hard to discover what grape you are drinking, to no avail. Why is European wine so concerned about the place with barely a mention of what grapes are involved? These labels are confusing to many, so where do you possibly start when learning about European wine?

You start with our “Intro to Europe” class, that’s where! In this info-packed class we cover many topics including but not limited to:

• A brief history of winemaking in Italy, Spain, and France

• The cultural and style differences between European wines and American wines

• The geography and topography of Europe’s wine regions

• An overview of the French concept of “Terroir”

• Details on reading and understanding Italian, French, and Spanish wine labels

• A discussion on finding the biggest bang for the buck in European wine

and more! We’ll taste through a range of great examples and use the wines we are tasting to grow your understanding of the ‘old world’ of wine.

We hope you can make it to this awesome wine class!

Classes in the Intro to Wine Series:

Winespeak – understanding wine communication

Europe Part One (France, Italy, Spain)

Europe Part Two (Portugal, Germany, Austria, Greece, and more)

Secrets of the Somm: Deductive Tasting

Science of Wine and Flavor

Wines of the Southern Hemisphere: Australia, New Zealand, Chile, Argentina, and South Africa

Overview of California wine regions

Overview of Washington and Oregon wine regions

***Terms and conditions***

By purchasing tickets to a Twin Cities Wine Education event you agree to the following:

All ticket purchasers and attendees must be over 21 years of age with legal identification.

No refunds within 7 days for wine classes, and no refunds available at all for larger “Grand Tasting” events including Bubbles and Fries, Wine Geek Week, etc. Refunded tickets do not include a refund of Eventbrite ticketing fees, which are at the expense of the ticket purchaser. All tickets are transferrable.

Think of your ticket as you would a ticket to the Guthrie, a concert, or a sporting event. No refunds for no-shows or illness, but you can always send someone in your place.

Weather policy: Should a class be rescheduled due to weather, you will be informed via your registration email. If you cannot attend the new date, we offer a 50% credit toward a future class booked within 30 days. If a class is not rescheduled, but the weather is bad, it is at the discretion of Twin Cities Wine regarding a 50% credit.

We aim to start all classes on time, please arrive a touch early. No meals are served at the classes unless specified. For classes at North Loop Wine and Spirits, parking is generally available for free with a permit from the store but is not guaranteed. (Certain nights, especially with Twins baseball games occurring, may result in paying to park.)

Twin Cities Wine Education reserves the right, at our own judgment, to refuse service to anyone for any reason during the class.


North Loop Wine and Spirits
218 Washington Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States

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