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Meet the Importer: Tour and Tasting at The Wine Company

January 30 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present a “behind the curtain” view of our local wine scene.

A wine class, tour, and tasting at The Wine Company of Saint Paul, MN

Who imports your wine matters. Some importers are nameless, faceless, huge international entities that drive volumes of product. Others take the opposite approach: meet the families, handshake deals, and continuous communication to make both of their businesses better. In the Twin Cities, we are very lucky to have a robust import community, sending wines from around the world directly into our state, with many wines often only available in Minnesota.

Join us for a special evening learning about the ins and outs of being a wine importer while visiting one of the best in the business: The Wine Company of St. Paul, Minnesota.

The Wine Company was founded in 1985 by Larry Colbeck, who before founding his company was the wine buyer at Surdyk’s that really put that retailer on the map. His love of French wine, in particular, led him to form his company, which is a leader in bringing incredible wines from producers big and small.

We’ll gather at 6:30 pm at their offices for an educational seminar on the world of wine importers and distributors, learning the behind the scenes secrets of logistics, transport, storage, pricing, selections, and sales while tasting through a range of wines imported directly to the Twin Cities by this company. Joining us will be Import Manager Wil Bailey, one of the most respected in the business.

Then we head into the warehouse where your head will spin seeing all the legendary and incredible juice. In the warehouse, we’ll continue our discussion while doing a warehouse tasting of select wines.

No wines will be available for sale that night, but we will let you know which retailers carry the wines we sample plus give you hints and tips on special ordering your favorites from any good independent retailer.

We hope you can join us for this new and special class!


The Wine Company
425 West Minnehaha Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55103 United States

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