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The State of the State of Minnesota Wines

October 23, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present the first annual harvest season class on our local wine industry

The State of the State of Minnesota Winewith special guest Aaron Schram of Schram Vineyards

The meteoric rise of cool climate grapes, now planted throughout the world (including established wine regions … did you know Marquette is being planted in Washington State?), is pretty amazing. Not more than ten years ago the cool climate and Minnesota wine industry were as tiny as could be.
Now it’s big business. And you need the latest information as a wine-curious consumer. Even if you’re not a fan of Minnesota wines in general, this is becoming a larger part of the bigger wine world.

Join us for a night in three parts, while tasting excellent wines to emphasize your learning.

Part one will beĀ an overview of the history of cool climate wines, from Elmer Swenson and the ‘Swenson clones’ through the development of the latest varieties at the U of M including Marquette. Learn all about grapevine development, how a new variety is produced, how it’s cloned, and more.

Part two will be the evolution of the modern Minnesota wine industry including the latest varieties to be released (and why Marquette from Minnesota in 2017 was worth more per ton than some Russian River Chardonnays). Specific attention on the pigment mutations of Frontenac (resulting in Frontenac Gris and Frontenac Blanc) will be discussed, along with rise of dry wines of exceptional quality.

Part three is about the future. Where are we heading with this industry? What will we be talking about five years from now? Ten years from now? How fast can a wine industry evolve when you only get one chance per year to make the wines?

Joining us will be special guests including Aaron Schram of Schram Vineyards in Waconia, where he has doubled production in a two-year span and is now approaching 15,000 cases a year (along with thousands of visitors on an average Saturday or Sunday). More guests are being arranged as well.
Limited seating available for this special event. We hope you can make it.


October 23, 2018
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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The University Club of Saint Paul
420 Summit Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55102 United States

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