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The Australian Wine Treasure Trove: old and rare gems

September 6, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present a special class featuring the best of Australia
Pity Australia … it is not getting the love it deserves. While the rest of the world is showing off the new, the hot, the unknown, and the odd, Australia is still suffering from Yellowtail overload (at its peak, Yellowtail accounted for 50% of ALL Aussie wine imports to America … hard to get out from under that rock).
However, now more than ever, Australia is on a roll. Coming in October will be a class of deep discussion on “The New Australia”, but before then we have to bestow honor on the old Australia: gems that represent the best of the best, with 16 to 22 years of age on the bottle.
How will these show? If recent older Aussies I’ve had (of far lower provenance than this) are any indication, this is going to a fine night indeed.
Join us for this very special class where we will taste and discuss the following:
1996 Yalumba “The Signature” Shiraz-Cabernet, Barossa Valley (a personal favorite)
1998 Maxwell Cabernet Sauvignon Lime Cave
1999 Kilikanoon Shiraz, Clare Valley
2001 Burge Family Shiraz, Draycott, Barossa Valley
2002 Kangarilla Road Shiraz, McClaren Vale
2002 d’Arenberg “The Dead Arm” Shiraz, McClaren Vale
Included will be an overview of the higher end of the Austalian wine indusry including geography, history, and terroir. We will also discuss the current state of Aussie wine and where the greatest bargains are to be found.
Class details
Class instructor: Jason Kallsen
Location: North Loop Wine and Spirits
Start time: 7pm
Number of wines to be served: 6
Maximum attendees: 12
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 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.


September 6, 2018
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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North Loop Wine & Spirits
218 North Washington Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55401

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