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Intro to Wine series: SECRETS OF THE SOMM (Deductive wine tasting)

July 14 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Learn how sommeliers use aroma and flavor profiles to deduce the qualities and identity of a wine. A great class to sharpen your senses!

Our most popular class and the best wine fundamentals class out there!

The Intro to Wine series: SECRETS OF THE SOMM – an introduction to deductive wine tasting and wine certification programs

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

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 the documentary SOMM, chronicling the challenges involved with passing the hardest test in the world, the Master Sommelier exam.

So do you want to be a sommelier? What does it take to get the title, and how do you go about it? And what in the world is “deductive tasting”?

In this new class, we’ll dive into the world of the sommelier, covering the numerous (and thus confusing) number of wine certification agencies in the world and their purpose. You’ll receive comprehensive suggestions on programs to pursue along with a healthy dose of Jason’s opinions. We’ll discuss wine careers, both part-time and lifelong, and how you can take the next step in your wine journey.

And we’ll learn all about deductive tasting! If you’ve seen the movie SOMM you’ll know what I’m talking about. Deductive tasting is incredibly educational and fun, and will teach you how to deconstruct a wine based on patterns we will cover, including but not limited to:

What do the different hues of a wine indicate?

What are the aromatic indicators of different types of winemaking?

Can you tell an American wine from a European wine just from looking at it?

What does the aroma of green pepper indicated in a red wine? What about dill?

How does mouthfeel actually work, and what does it tell you about a wine?

Can the finish of a wine indicate winemaking methods that were used?

And much more.

You’ll leave educated, energized, and ready to take the next step in your wine life!

I hope you can join us for this new and exciting 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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