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Wine Fundamentals: Varietals
April 19, 2014 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Twin Cities Wine Education LLC presents
Wine Fundamentals: Varietals
This experience focuses on the role of varieties of grapes and brings up the interesting concept of ‘typicity,’ or what should certain varieties taste like (and why)?
Did you know about 75% of grape varieties are basically part of the same close knit family? (See The New York times article “Lack of Sex Among Grapes Tangles a Family Vine” for more info.) So if that’s the case, why do certain varieties taste so different?
We will taste the key varieties we see so often: Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon. In addition to those well known varieties we will taste some ‘fringe wines’ from grapes not well known but dynamic in quality. This is a GREAT class for both those new to wine and those stuck in a rut of buying the same grapes over and over.
Of course you can expect the extensive Twin Cities Wine Education handouts, use of top quality Riedel stemware, and an intimidation-free presentation of the information. Twin Cities Wine Education classes are a snob-free zone!
Image: Tasting Pinot Noirs at Robert Sinskey Vineyards. What makes Pinot Noir taste the way it does? The Wine Fundamentals: Varietals class aims to answer that question and many more.
About the Wine Fundamentals course and classes of Twin Cities Wine Education The Wine Fundamentals course and classes brings together top notch wine education with specific topics to help the new (or experienced) wine drinker gain confidence and knowledge. The five core topics include terroir, science of taste, glassware and gadgets, winespeak, and varietals. These classes are guaranteed to help with your basic wine knowledge while increasing your curiosity, wether you are new to the world of wine or an experienced connoisseur.
About Jason Kallsen and Twin Cities Wine Education Jason has been a fixture in the local since scene since the early 1990’s, starting his career at some of the top local restaurants of the time. His various roles in the industry have included consulting for Surdyk’s Liquors from 1996 to 2000 (and establishing their still popular wine class series), and working for fine wine importers and distributors World Class Wines (2001-2010) and The Wine Company (2010-present). He has also been the lead wine instructor for the University of Minnesota’s Learning Life program since 2004. His media appearances are numerous, including “Good Question” on WCCO, “DeRusha Eats” on WCCO, interview with Andrew Zimmern on KSTP, and various radio spots including pairing wines with classical music on the internationally broadcasted Performance Today from American Public Media. For more info on what his classes are like, see Unraveling The Burgundy Mystery at the blog FoodWineClick.com.
Jason’s motto says it all: Wine education without intimidation.