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May 2019

The Rhône Valley Masterclass: From Côte Rôtie to Châteauneuf-du-Pape

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

Twin Cities Wine Education proudly presents the most comprehensive class available on a favorite subject. The Rhône Valley MasterclassIncluding the gems of Côte Rôtie, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, and everything in-between!The most comprehensive Rhône Valley wine class available! It's one of my favorite wine regions. Sure, I get swayed by Barolo, Burgundy, and Willamette Valley. There are a ton of wines from California I love. But in the end, I continuously return to the Rhône Valley for many reasons. One reason is that it…

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June 2019

The Bordeaux Masterclass

June 3 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
North Loop Wine & Spirits, 218 North Washington Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States

Twin Cities Wine Education presents The Bordeaux Masterclass A comprehensive overview of one the world's top wine regions Ah, Bordeaux. There is no other place like it. It's an area dripping with history (including our own Thomas Jefferson traversing its land), historic estates (some of the most beautiful wineries in the world), legendary producers (Lafite Rothchild, Chateau Margaux, Haut-Brion, and dozens more), and of course some of the best wines of the world. In the Bordeaux Masterclass, we will do…

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The White Wines of France

June 5 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
North Loop Wine & Spirits, 218 North Washington Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States

Twin Cities Wine Education presents a comprehensive class to help your summertime wine enjoyment! The White Wines of France: A complete overview Join us for a journey around France 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 great Blanc de Blancs of Champagne and what makes them so good. The…

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The Wines of Tuscany: a complete overview

June 6 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
North Loop Wine & Spirits, 218 North Washington Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States

Twin Cities Wine Education presents a full overview of the wines of Tuscany! Including Chianti, Chianti Classico, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, Super Tuscans, and Brunello di Montalcino! Tuscany is one of those regions that the mere mention of will cause sighs to be heard … we all love Tuscany, even if we have never been there. Reading books about Tuscany or seeing movies only help to reinforce our love of the region, but drinking the wines of Tuscany solidifies the…

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The Rosé Masterclass 2019

June 11 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
North Loop Wine & Spirits, 218 North Washington Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States

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 Wines of Marietta Cellars

June 18 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
North Loop Wine & Spirits, 218 North Washington Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States

Twin Cities Wine Education presents a special night with a favorite winery of Sonoma County The Wines of Marietta Cellars In the mid-1990s, when I started my wine career as a consultant for Surdyk's Liquors, a particular wine caught my attention and that of many others. Marietta Old Vine Red was a consistent best buy, with big layers of big flavor for not very much money. It was also a blended red wine decades before "Red Blends" was a category…

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July 2019

Jason’s Picks Q3 2019 at Cotroneo’s

July 2 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Cotroneo’s Wine And Spirits, 2148 3rd Street
White Bear Lake, MN 55110 United States

Jason’s Picks: The curated wine selections hand picked by Sommelier Jason Kallsen Q3 2019 SELECTIONS: Class and tasting Tuesday, July 2nd in White Bear Lake!THEME: SUMMERTIME WINE FUN! Throughout 2019 I’ll be taking over some sections of local wine shops around town, leading with Cotroneo’s in White Bear Lake. The  “Jason’s Picks” section will consist of 10 wines that I ferret out from great local wholesalers and offer with full information for the consumer including food pairings, history of the…

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The Oldest Wine World: Exploring the Wines of Georgia

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

Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present a new class on a very old region! The Wines of Georgia: An exploration into the old old old world of winemaking It's the birthplace of wine. It's where evidence of 8000 years of winemaking has been found. It's an area steeped in tradition and history. And we are just now, in America, truly discovering their wines. Join us for a special night of learning about and tasting these incredible wines, newly…

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The Barolo and Barbaresco Masterclass

July 9 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
The Wine Shop, 17521 Minnetonka Boulevard
Minnetonka, MN 55345 United States

Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present one of our most popular top-level classes THE BAROLO AND BARBARESCO MASTERCLASS 2019 Edition Featuring new wines and new information to get you up to speed on these amazing regions. A comprehensive look at one of the top wine regions of the world with an emphasis on the latest vintages, current trends, and how to get the best bang for your Barolo and Barbaresco buck, plus overarching information about Piemonte wines and…

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Ultimate Intro to Wine: Winespeak

July 10 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
North Loop Wine & Spirits, 218 North Washington Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States

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 Incredible Wines of Austria

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

Twin Cities Wine Education is pleased to present a comprehensive overview of a little known wine region. The Incredible Wines of Austria Presented by Jason Kallsen with special guest Bill Summerville Wachau, Kremstal, Kamptal.  Prädikatswein, Strohwein, Tafelwein.  Steinfeder, Federspiel, Smaragd. Regions, levels, styles, designations, and we haven't even touched upon the grape varieties (Gruner Veltliner, Zweigelt, St. Laurent, Welshriesling, and more). There is so much to learn about this ancient land of wine, and this class is the single best way to do…

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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

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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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

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

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

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

NOTE: This class is currently sold out. We have added another session for September 18th. More info at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wine-and-war-how-france-saved-their-national-treasure-tickets-65844682217. 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 of war. Stories of tunnels, hiding, resistance, and daring. Stories of horrible vintages,…

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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

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

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

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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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

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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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

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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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

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

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

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

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

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

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 and War: How France Saved Their National Treasure

September 18 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine & Spirits, 218 North Washington Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States

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 of war. Stories of tunnels, hiding, resistance, and daring. Stories of horrible vintages, and legendary bottles. And most of all, stories of heroes overcoming incredible odds, and the wines that gave them hope…

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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

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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Wine Geek Week: Australia – Movie kickoff night, Crocodile Dundee

September 22 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Twin Cities Wine Education, 2446 University Avenue West, #Suite 106
Saint Paul, MN 55114 United States
Free

Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present the kickoff event for Wine Geek Week: Australia!Free showing of the 80's classic CROCODILE DUNDEE plus tasting of Australian Viognier Limited to 20 people Join us for the kickoff event to Wine Geek Week: Australia as we show the Paul Hogan classic CROCODILE DUNDEE while enjoying artisinal popcorn and some outstanding Australian wines.This is a casual evening limited to the size of our office space. Only 20 seats available. We hope you…

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