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August 17 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm


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Spanish wine history is full of starts and stops over the course of 2000 years (far more so than France or Italy), resulting in a fractured wine system that didn’t really start great momentum until the late 20th century. One exception, however, is the famous region of Rioja.

This class will take a multi-pronged approach to understand this incredibly important region and the stunning wines it produces.

First, we’ll discuss the history of Rioja (and Spanish wine in general), focusing on the relationship Rioja developed with Bordeaux in the late 19th Century. Next, we’ll examine the grapes of Rioja with extensive discussion on Tempranillo but also talking about lesser grapes (and tasting examples, such as a 100% Graciano). Lastly, we’ll detail the laws of Rioja including the labeling of Crianza, Riserva, Gran Riserva and more.

The tasting will include stunning examples of wines from many of these categories, and the class will receive detailed handouts and maps to help complete your education. This will be an exceptional evening of incredible wines and eye-opening knowledge to help you navigate the Rioja section of your favorite wine shop with confidence.

The Rioja Masterclass will present to you a full range of Rioja wines from some of the top producers, plus give you valuable hints and tips to maximize your Rioja dollars.

***Terms and conditions***

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

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

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. All tickets are transferrable. 

Think of your ticket as you would a ticket to the Guthrie, a concert, or a sporting event. No refunds for no-shows or illness, but you can always send someone in your place.

Weather policy: Should a class be rescheduled due to weather, you will be informed via your registration email. If you cannot attend the new date, we offer a 50% credit toward a future class booked within 30 days. If a class is not rescheduled, but the weather is bad, it is at the discretion of Twin Cities Wine regarding a 50% credit.

We aim to start all classes on time, please arrive a touch early. No meals are served at the classes unless specified. 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 & Spirits
218 North Washington Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States

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