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July 2019

Wine After Work: Pinot Noir Challenge (Burgundy vs. Oregon vs. California)

July 16 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Black Dog Cafe, 308 East Prince Street
Saint Paul, MN 55101 United States
$39.00

Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present a great little wine class with Sommelier Shar Peterson Wine After Work: The Pinot Noir Challenge - Burgundy vs. Oregon vs. California Join sommelier Shar Peterson for a fun class comparing the styles of Pinot Noir from the three greatest regions for that variety: Burgundy, Oregon, and California. The class will consist of a blind tasting of three fantastic wines, with instruction on the best blind tasting practices, what you are smelling…

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Wines of the Loire Valley: from Muscadet to Sancerre and everything in between

July 16 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
North Loop Wine and Spirits, 218 Washington Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States
$50.00

Twin Cities Wine Education presents a new class on a wonderful old wine region The Wines of the Loire Valley From Muscadet to Sancerre and everything in-between   Many of the top wine regions of the world are located on rivers, for rivers cut valleys and valleys produce hillsides, and hillsides present a range of soil types and exposures that tend to work well for grapes meant to be made into wine. The Loire River Valley is one of the…

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AGE: The Foundations of Wine series

July 17 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Jo Jo’s Rise & Wine, 12501 Nicollet Avenue, #Suite 100, #Suite 100
Burnsville, MN 55337 United States
$40.00

Twin Cities Wine Education presents a new series of great classes to build your wine confidence and spark vino curiosity! THE FOUNDATIONS OF WINE SERIES: AGE There are a handful of topics that can help you understand every wine in the world. They include oak, acidity, body, terroir, elevation, and climate. Through our Foundations of Wine series, you will become an expert on these particular topics and how they integrate into the wines you purchase. There are eight topics in…

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Wine After Work: The World of Chenin Blanc

July 18 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Cafe Latte, 850 Grand Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55105 United States
$35.00

Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present a fun after work gathering of wine and learning. Wine After Work: The World of Chenin Blanc There is a world of variety out there when it comes to Chenin Blanc. Sparkling, bone dry, off dry, dessert, and seemingly everything in between. Additionally, the range of regions that produce incredible Chenin is long indeed: Loire Valley, South Africa, Napa Valley, Santa Barbara, Washington, and even Australia.  In this new class, we'll deep…

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The Wines of Spain: A complete overview

July 22 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
North Loop Wine & Spirits, 218 North Washington Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States
$55.00

Twin Cities Wine Education presents the top overview program of one of the most dynamic and exciting countries in the world of wine: Spain. There is no country that has taken the wine world by storm faster than Spain. Even as recently as the 1980's and 1990's, many wines from Spain were unpredictable, backward, variable, and just not worth the hunt. Then the wine revolution happened, bringing in modern winemaking techniques, massive investments, and the attention of the world's wine…

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SOIL: The Foundations of Wine series

July 23 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Jo Jo’s Rise & Wine, 12501 Nicollet Avenue, #Suite 100, #Suite 100
Burnsville, MN 55337 United States
$40.00

Twin Cities Wine Education presents a new series of great classes to build your wine confidence and spark vino curiosity! THE FOUNDATIONS OF WINE SERIES: SOIL There are a handful of topics that can help you understand every wine in the world. They include oak, acidity, body, terroir, elevation, and climate. Through our Foundations of Wine series, you will become an expert on these particular topics and how they integrate into the wines you purchase. There are eight topics in…

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Shane Finley Loves Wine and Meatballs

July 24 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Nightingale, 2551 Lyndale Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55405 United States
$50.00

A special night with one of our favorite winemakers! SHANE FINLEY (of Shane Wines) LOVES LAMB MEATBALLS Great wines, lots of learning, and some of the best meatballs in the region at Nightingale! An informal evening of learning and eating. Only 24 seats available. Location: Nightingale Restaurant, 2551 Lyndale Avenue South, Minneapolis MN 55405Timeline: 5:00 to 5:45 gather and reception (arrive when you can, we will sit and proceed in groups of six). As the tables are sat, we will pour…

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ACIDITY: The Foundations of Wine series

July 24 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Trapeze, 1602 West Lake Street
Minneapolis, MN 55408 United States
$40.00

Twin Cities Wine Education presents a new series of great classes to build your wine confidence and spark vino curiosity! THE FOUNDATIONS OF WINE SERIES: ACIDITY There are a handful of topics that can help you understand every wine in the world. They include oak, acidity, body, terroir, elevation, and climate. Through our Foundations of Wine series, you will become an expert on these particular topics and how they integrate into the wines you purchase. ACIDITY In this class, we’ll…

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Wine After Work: New York’s Finger Lakes District

July 25 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Cafe Latte, 850 Grand Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55105 United States
$39.00

Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present a great little wine class with Sommelier Shar Peterson Wine After Work: Understanding New York's Finger Lakes wine district Learn the ins and outs of the wines of the Finger Lakes of New York while tasting some amazing selections, diving deep with maps, and learning from Certified Sommelier and Wine Educator Shar Peterson. She’ll cover the key grape varieties, the geography, the culture, how to get the most bang for your buck,…

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Burgundy: Village, Premier, and Grand Cru comparisons

July 29 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
North Loop Wine & Spirits, 218 North Washington Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States
$90.00

Twin Cities Wine presents an evening of legendary wines to learn about Burgundy Burgundy Masterclass: Village, Premier Cru, and Grand Cru comparisons Flight One: White Burgundy, featuring a village level, a Premier Cru, and a Grand Cru side by side.Flight Two: Red Burgundy, featuring a village level, a Premier Cru, and a Grand Cru side by side. The best way to learn about the impact of terroir in the legendary area of Burgundy! Of all the wine regions of the…

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The Rosé Masterclass 2019

July 30 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
The Wine Shop, 17521 Minnetonka Boulevard
Minnetonka, MN 55345 United States
$44.00

Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present the number one Rosé wine class available THE ROSÉ MASTERCLASS 2019 EDITION It’s a category of wines that many of us have grown to love dearly. Dry pink wines, typical of what’s consumed in southern France, are refreshing, bright, clean, and wonderful. More importantly, they are reflective of their place and of the grapes that were used to make them. In this best of its kind event, we’ll taste a huge range…

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The Sauvignon Blanc Masterclass

July 31 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
North Loop Wine and Spirits, 218 Washington Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States
$45.00

Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present the perfect wine class to enjoy summertime! THE SAUVIGNON BLANC MASTERCLASS Pouilly-Fume. Sancerre. New Zealand. Napa Valley. Oregon. Chile. South Africa. They are all making great Sauvignon Blancs but they are so different in style. In this new class, we'll examine the Sauvignon Blanc variety in depth, just in time for summer drinking. We’ll start off with the history of the variety (including the surprising offspring it produced) along with the typical…

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August 2019

Wine and War: How France Saved Their National Treasure

August 7 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
North Loop Wine & Spirits, 218 North Washington Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States
$70.00

NOTE: This class is currently sold out. Feel free to add yourself to the waitlist. We will be adding another session of this popular class for October or November of 2019. Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present a special evening of history, stories, and great wine. WINE AND WAR: How the French saved their national treasure In the book Wine and War by Don and Petie Kladstrup, some amazing stories were told. Stories of winemakers held as prisoners…

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The Sparkling Wine Masterclass (including incredible Champagne!)

August 8 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
North Loop Wine & Spirits, 218 North Washington Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States
$59.00

Twin Cities Wine Education presents THE SPARKLING WINE MASTERCLASS Featuring Prosecco, Cava, Cremant, Champagne, and everything in-between *** Say "bubbly" and most people can instantly hear the corks popping! Do you? If you do, this class is for you! Bubbly means celebration, good times, special occasions, and more often than not, Champagne.  But 'real' Champagne is but one of the many incredible sparkling wines the world has to offer. In this class, we will learn about everything Bubbly. We'll discuss Cremant…

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Blind Burgundy Battle 2019: Chardonnay and Pinot Noir showdown

August 13 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
North Loop Wine & Spirits, 218 North Washington Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States
$70.00

Twin Cities Wine Education presents BLIND BURGUNDY BATTLE 2019!CHARDONNAY AND PINOT NOIR BURGUNDY VS. THE WORLD The return of a favorite format! The Blind Battle class returns with a showdown between Burgundy and the rest of the world, in a head-to-head (or is glass-to-glass?) challenge to the supremacy of Burgundy. We will start with a comprehensive education on the Chardonnay grape, including a discussion on its characteristics, preferred terroir, and multiple styles made around the world. Surrounding this discussion will be…

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Ultimate Intro to Wine: Understanding Europe

August 14 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
The Wine Shop, 17521 Minnetonka Boulevard
Minnetonka, MN 55345 United States
$42.00

Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present the best overview class available on the big three wine countries of Europe: France, Italy, and Spain ULTIMATE INTRO TO WINE: THE WINES OF EUROPE When you first start to learn about wine, it is easier to learn about California, Australian, and South American wines for several reasons. First, these places (especially the west coast of America) are familiar to us and we know how to pronounce the locations. Secondly, the grape…

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Wine After Work: Rosé wines of France

August 15 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Cafe Latte, 850 Grand Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55105 United States
$36.00

Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present a great little wine class with Sommelier Shar Peterson Wine After Work: ROSÉ WINES OF FRANCE Learn the ins and outs of the wines of the rosé wines of France while tasting some amazing selections, diving deep with maps, and learning from Certified Sommelier and Wine Educator Shar Peterson. She’ll cover the key grape varieties, the geography, the culture, how to get the most bang for your buck, and much more. From…

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The White Wines of Spain and Portugal

August 15 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
North Loop Wine & Spirits, 218 North Washington Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States
$50.00

Twin Cities Wine Education presents a new and comprehensive class to help your summertime wine enjoyment! The White Wines of Spain and Portugal: A complete overview Join us for a journey around Spain and Portugal as we explore the key regions and grapes for white wine production. In this eye-opening class, you'll taste an AMAZING variety of wines from great producers as we journey through the country. In this class we'll cover: The incredible sparkling wines of both countries. The…

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The Twin Cities Wine Awards: Grand Tasting and Celebration 2019

August 19 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
St Paul Athletic Club, 340 Cedar St
St Paul, MN 55101 United States
$40.00 - $55.00

Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present the second annual TWIN CITIES WINE 2019 GRAND TASTING and AWARDS CELEBRATIONJoin us as we announce the winners of the Twin Cities Wine Awards 2019! Featuring dozens of great wines from our top locally owned wine distributors and importers, plus a FREE Riedel stem to take home! Celebrate our awesome Twin Cities wine scene while we present the winners of the Twin Cities Wine Awards 2019. Join us for a very special…

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Wine After Work: The new white wines of Australia

August 20 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Black Dog Cafe, 308 East Prince Street
Saint Paul, MN 55101 United States
$35.00

Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present a great little wine class with Sommelier Shar Peterson Wine After Work: THE NEW WHITE WINES OF AUSTRALIA Learn the ins and outs of the great white wines of Australia while tasting some amazing selections, diving deep with maps, and learning from Certified Sommelier and Wine Educator Shar Peterson. She’ll cover the key grape varieties, the geography, the culture, how to get the most bang for your buck, and much more. The…

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Italy’s Heel and Toe: The Wines of Southern Italy

August 21 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
The Wine Shop, 17521 Minnetonka Boulevard
Minnetonka, MN 55345 United States
$55.00

Twin Cities Wine Education presents a new class on a very old region The Wines of Apulia, Calabria, Basilicata, and CampaniaExploring the heel and toe of Italy It's one of the oldest wine regions in the Mediterranean Basin. The far southern part of Italy is where the Greeks first landed and planted vines, followed by the development by the Romans. Over time, wine regions further to the north started to steal the spotlight, and today if you say "Italian wine"…

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Wine After Work: The Wines of Washington State

August 27 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Cafe Latte, 850 Grand Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55105 United States
$38.00

Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present happy hour meets wine education! Wine After Work: The Wines of Washington State Learn the ins and outs of the wines of Washington while tasting some amazing selections, diving deep with maps, and learning from Certified Sommelier and Wine Educator Shar Peterson. She’ll cover the key grape varieties, the geography, the culture, how to get the most bang for your buck, and much more. Washington State wines represent some of the best…

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September 2019

Ultimate Intro to Wine: Winespeak

September 4 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine & Spirits, 218 North Washington Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States
$42.00

Our most popular class and the best wine fundamentals class out there! ULTIMATE INTRO TO WINE: "WINESPEAK"Presented by Certified Sommelier Jason Kallsen The fundamentals of wine knowledge intimidate many, for we are talking about a subjective subject (smell and taste) while at the same time trying to understand why many give it a numerical score (90 points! Ah! Hedonistic fruit bomb!). Between varietals, regions, countries, aromas, flavors, and about a million different opinions out there, it's no wonder many see the…

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The Big Five B: Burgundy, Bordeaux, Barbaresco, Barolo, and Brunello

September 5 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine and Spirits, 218 Washington Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States
$80.00

Twin Cities Wine Education presents a new class showcasing the top level wines from the best regions of Europe THE BIG FIVE B: BURGUNDY, BORDEAUX, BARBARESCO, BAROLO, and BRUNELLO They are considered the top five regions of French and Italian wine, and ironically they all start with B. They are also part of a small handful of regions that continue to produce wines that improve with age. Lastly, they produce some of the most expensive and sought after wines in…

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The Zinfandel Masterclass

September 9 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine and Spirits, 218 Washington Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States
$52.00

Photo: 100+ year old Zinfandel vines in  Alexander Valley of Sonoma. Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present a new class examining in detail “America’s Grape”: Zinfandel. From its humble beginnings as the chosen grape of Italian immigrants in Sonoma County to the downfall of popularity and the amazing revival thanks to winemaking mistake, Zinfandel has far more history and diversity in style than many realize. This class will be part history, part geography, and part Sherlock-like detective novel…

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Wine Rivers of the World: Columbia, Willamette, and Russian

September 10 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine and Spirits, 218 Washington Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States
$60.00

Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present a new series of classes focusing on the great wine rivers of the world. Wine Rivers of the World: The Columbia, Willamette, and Russian Rivers When you think about it, many of the greatest wine regions of the world are connected to river systems. The Douro, Loire, Rhône, Mosel, Willamette, Columbia, Russian, Murray, and many more. Why is this? That's the core question we'll explore in this new series of classes taught…

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Wine Rivers of the World: The Loire and the Rhine

September 12 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine and Spirits, 218 Washington Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States
$60.00

Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present a new series of classes focusing on the great wine rivers of the world. Wine Rivers of the World: The Loire and the Rhine When you think about it, many of the greatest wine regions of the world are connected to river systems. The Douro, Loire, Rhône, Mosel, Willamette, Columbia, Russian, Murray, and many more. Why is this? That's the core question we'll explore in this new series of classes taught by…

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Aged Oregon Wine Gems: 1979 to 2001

September 17 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Twin Cities Wine Education, 2446 University Avenue West, Suite 106
Saint Paul, MN 55114 United States
$90.00

Twin Cities Wine Education presents a special night of rare wines. An occasion never to be repeated again! AGED OREGON WINE GEMS: 1979-2001 Oregon wines are special for many reasons, but a key one is the infancy of the industry. The very first Pinot Noir vines were planed in the Willamette Valley only in 1966. The region didn't even kick into high gear until the 2000's. Before the spotlight was shining bright on the Willamette Valley, other parts of Oregon…

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Wine Rivers of the World: The Ebro and the Douro

September 19 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine and Spirits, 218 Washington Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States
$60.00

Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present a new series of classes focusing on the great wine rivers of the world. Wine Rivers of the World: The Ebro and the Douro When you think about it, many of the greatest wine regions of the world are connected to river systems. The Douro, Loire, Rhône, Mosel, Willamette, Columbia, Russian, Murray, and many more. Why is this? That's the core question we'll explore in this new series of classes taught by…

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October 2019

The Sherry Masterclass

October 28 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
North Loop Wine & Spirits, 218 North Washington Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States
$60.00

Twin Cities Wine Education presents a new class on a very old wine! The Sherry MasterclassEverything you should know about this mysterious and historic beverage. Sherry is one of the great wines of the world, and also one of the most misunderstood. With a wide variety of styles, textures, sweetness, and categories it's difficult for the wine curious consumer to know where to start. And investing in a dozen bottles just to try a bit of each is doesn't make…

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