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The Wine Academy: Sonoma Part One (Sonoma Coast and Russian River Valley)

January 4, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present a new concept in wine learning.

The Wine Academy with Chris Griese
Sonoma Part One: Sonoma Coast and Russian River Valley

Join local wine expert Chris Griese for a new format of wine education, The Wine Academy. These multi-session educational seminars will be topical by month, focusing on a particular region in the world of wine. (The classes are independent of one another, meaning you do not need to take part one to attend part two, etc.)

We are kicking off The Wine Academy in January 2019, focusing on Sonoma County.

The Russian River Valley AVA and the Sonoma Coast AVA represent two of the most popular regions within Sonoma County, churning out incredible high-scoring Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs. Yet they are very different regions indeed when it comes to history, soil, weather, size, and more.

This class will help you deconstruct and understand these AVA’s further. Join Chris Griese for a deep dive into the Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast, while tasting some outstanding examples from each area. Learn about the history of the formation of the AVA’s and the controversy surrounding the Sonoma Coast in particular. He will also bring you on a journey through the area, giving you hints and tips for your next trip to the area.

Chris Griese is one of the most experienced wine experts in Minnesota, having run three key fine wine distributors over his 30+ year career. He has now left the wholesale industry to focus on wine education as well as sake importation for the eastern United States (he’s one of the only WSET Level 3 Sake experts in the country). His presentations are info-packed, lively, and come from a background only possibly with experience. 


Cotroneo’s Wine And Spirits
2148 3rd Street
White Bear Lake, MN 55110 United States

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