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Willamette Valley Pinot Noirs: A Complete Overview

January 29 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present a special night of incredible Oregon Pinot Noirs!

Willamette Valley Pinot Noirs: A Complete Overview

We’ll start with the formation of the complex geology of the Willamette Valley and how different soils express themselves in the wines. Beginning with the Missoula Flood (or more accurately, floods), we will detail the four main soil types of the region, how they came to be, and what they bring to the wine (paying specific attention to the resulting difference of volcanic soils vs. sedimentary soils).

Next we will take what we learned about soil science of Willamette Valley and overlay it onto the AVA (American Viticultural Area) map of the region. The Dundee Hills, Eola-Amity Hills, Chehalem Mountains, Yamhill-Carlton, Ribbon Ridge, and McMinnville Viticultural Areas will be discussed and dissected while tasting great selections from many regions.

We’ll finish the evening with a brief discussion of recent vintages, including advice of what to drink now, what to lay away for ten to fifteen years, and why.

This will be one of the most comprehensive Oregon Pinot Noir class we do this year, popping great wines from many of the best producers. Hope you can be there!


Info on your instructor, plus terms and conditions

Jason Kallsen is Minnesota’s most experienced wine educator, with over two decades of experience teaching the subject. A Certifed Sommelier with the Court of Master Sommeliers, plus a Certified Specialist of Wine with the Society of Wine Educators, Jason has taught over 40,000 students since starting in the wine business in the early 1990s. He’s appeared in local, national, and international media including pairing wine with classical music on an internationally broadcasted edition of Performance Today. His style is well known to be accurate but unpretentious, detailed yet not overwhelming. 

Shar Peterson is a Certified Sommelier with the Court of Master Sommeliers and is an expert at conveying the complex ideas of wine and wine science to groups and individuals. Her extensive experience positions her in a unique spot in the local wine scene, with deep subject knowledge along with practical experience from years in the hospitality industry. She’s a specialist in private tastings and restaurant staff education.

***Terms and conditions***

By purchasing tickets to a Twin Cities Wine Education event you agree to the following

All tickets are transferrable. 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.

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.)

All ticket purchasers and attendees must be over 21 years of age with legal identification.

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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