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December 2019

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

December 12, 2019 @ 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 of top level wines from the best regions of EuropeTHE BIG FIVE B: BURGUNDY, BORDEAUX, BARBARESCO, BAROLO, and BRUNELLOThey 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 the world.  In…

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Vino and Vinyl: SGT PEPPERS + The Wines of Portugal

December 13, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Twin Cities Wine Education, 2446 University Avenue West, #106
Saint Paul, MN 55114 United States

Twin Cities Wine Education presents a new concept for wine and music lovers ...VINO and VINYLThe Beatles SGT PEPPERS + The Wines of PortugalJoin us for the return of Vino and Vinyl with Twin Cities Wine Education!Each Vino and Vinyl night will be a memorable pairing of a particular wine category along with a legendary album played on 180g vinyl on top-quality equipment including a U-Turn Audio turntable and a Jamo 626 speaker system. This is a music listening experience, with…

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The Sparkling Wine Masterclass (including incredible Champagne!)

December 16, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine & Spirits, 218 North Washington Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States

Twin Cities Wine Education presentsTHE 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 from France, Cava from…

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Dessert Wines of the World, a comprehensive overview

December 17, 2019 @ 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 class that will "stick" in your brain!If there is one category of wine that doesn't get the attention or respect it deserves, this is it. Also, if there's one category that has far more diversity than most people realize, this is also it!DESSERT WINES OF THE WORLD: A comprehensive overviewDessert Wines of the World will cover the wide range of incredible ‘stickies’ that are out there, but often misunderstood.We will…

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The Wines of Piemonte, Italy – A Full Overview (including Barolo!)

December 18, 2019 @ 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 class featuring a comprehensive overview of one of the great wine regions of the worldTHE WINES OF PIEMONTE, ITALY – A FULL OVERVIEWMany consider it the greatest wine region on the planet, or at least on par with Burgundy and Bordeaux. The region of Piemonte, in far northwestern Italy, is well known for Barolo and Barbaresco (which of course we’ll cover in this class), but there is also so much…

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The Champagne Masterclass 2019 Edition!

December 26, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine and Spirits, 218 Washington Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States

 THE CHAMPAGNE MASTERCLASS 2019 EDITION!Just in time for New Year's Eve, when you can impress your friends with your encyclopedic knowledge of the wine world, comes the annual Twin Cities Wine Education Champagne Masterclass.This year it's TWO great classes of Champagne education and tasting, featuring the top selections available today across a complete range of styles, prices, and producers. This is without any question the best night of Champagne education available in Minnesota in 2019!*Note: the two classes, December 26th…

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The Champagne Masterclass 2019 Edition!

December 28, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
North Loop Wine and Spirits, 218 Washington Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States

 THE CHAMPAGNE MASTERCLASS 2019 EDITION!Just in time for New Year's Eve, when you can impress your friends with your encyclopedic knowledge of the wine world, comes the annual Twin Cities Wine Education Champagne Masterclass.This year it's TWO great classes of Champagne education and tasting, featuring the top selections available today across a complete range of styles, prices, and producers. This is without any question the best night of Champagne education available in Minnesota in 2019!*Note: the two classes, December 26th…

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12 Countries, 12 Sparkling Wines: Sunday Series with Solo Vino

December 29, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Solo Vino, 517 Selby Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55102 United States

Twin Cities Wine Education and Solo Vino wine shop present a very special Sunday Series experience featuring 12 hand picked sparkling wines of the world, just in time for New Year's Eve.12 COUNTRIES, 12 INCREDIBLE SPARKLING WINES handpicked by Jason Kallsen Solo Vino's new Sunday Series wine events are special indeed. A particular topic, experts to discuss and teach while pouring select wines, and amazing pricing available only to those in attendance. We are proud to be the curators of the…

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New Year’s Eve Wine Dinner for smart people (home by 7pm!)

December 31, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Cave Vin, 5555 Xerxes Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55410 United States

Twin Cities Wine Education and Cavé Vin are proud to present a delicious and safe way to celebrate the New Year!Family style New Year's Eve Wine Dinner for Smart People (you'll be home by 7pm!)Avoid the chaos. Avoid the drunks. Avoid the overblown hoopla. Join us for an elegant, multi-course, delicious and memorable late afternoon / early evening of food, wine, and learning.A five course meal by the wonderfully talented chefs of Cavé Vin, along with wine pairings and wine…

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January 2020

Ultimate Intro to Wine: Winespeak

January 6 @ 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 KallsenThe 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 world of wine…

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Ultimate Intro to Wine: Understanding Europe

January 7 @ 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 the best overview class available on the big three wine countries of Europe: France, Italy, and SpainULTIMATE INTRO TO WINE: THE WINES OF EUROPEWhen 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 variety is…

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Ultimate Intro to Wine: Winespeak

January 8 @ 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 KallsenThe 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 world of wine…

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The Port Masterclass

January 11 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Twin Cities Wine Education, 2446 University Avenue West, #106
Saint Paul, MN 55114 United States

Twin Cities Wine Education presents a very special evening ...The Port MasterclassFresh from extensive research and tastings on the current state of the world of Port, we present the Port Masterclass!This will be the most comprehensive discussion around on the history of Port, the role of Quintas vs. Lodges, the amazing Douro River Valley, and of course the multitude of styles available. A special emphasis will be on the conditions of the incredible 2016 harvest and what is leading many…

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The Barolo and Barbaresco Masterclass

January 13 @ 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 one of our most popular top-level classesTHE BAROLO AND BARBARESCO MASTERCLASS 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 travel. They are two of…

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The Wines of Spain: A complete overview

January 15 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine & Spirits, 218 North Washington Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States

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 critics.Today, Spanish…

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Vino and Vinyl: PURPLE RAIN + Zinfandel

January 18 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Twin Cities Wine Education, 2446 University Avenue West, #106
Saint Paul, MN 55114 United States

Twin Cities Wine Education presents a new concept for wine and music lovers ...VINO and VINYLPURPLE RAIN + ZINFANDELJoin us for the return of Vino and Vinyl with Twin Cities Wine Education!Each Vino and Vinyl night will be a memorable pairing of a particular wine category along with a legendary album played on 180g vinyl on top-quality equipment including a U-Turn Audio turntable and a Jamo 626 speaker system, powered by our cherished Peachtree Nova 150 amplifier. This is a music listening…

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The Wines of Austria, Slovenia, and Croatia

January 20 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 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 three great but overlooked European wine countries.The Incredible Wines of Austria, Slovenia, and CroatiaPresented by sommelier Jason KallsenWe'll begin with Austria: Wachau, Kremstal, Kamptal. Prädikatswein, Strohwein, Tafelwein. Steinfeder, Federspiel, Smaragd. You'll learn a whole new wine language! These are regions, levels, styles, designations, and we haven't even touched upon the grape varieties (Gruner Veltliner, Zweigelt, St. Laurent, Welshriesling, and more).The irony is that Austrian wine is easy to figure out after you know…

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The Wines of Italy: from Piedmont to Sicily and everywhere in-between

January 22 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine & Spirits, 218 North Washington Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States

Twin Cities Wine Education presents the top overview program of a favorite and cherished (and confusing) wine country for many.The Wines of Italy, from Piemonte to Sicily!Featuring six incredible selections, extensive maps and handouts, and deep discussion on this confusing subject.Ah, Italy! Rolling countrysides, dramatic snow-capped mountains, lava-spitting volcanoes, olive oil, pasta, pizza, beautiful cars driven by beautiful people wearing beautiful clothes. There truly is no country like Italy.And the wines! The incredible wines produced in every corner, from the…

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1995 was a good year for Brunello

January 23 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Twin Cities Wine Education, 2446 University Avenue West, #106
Saint Paul, MN 55114 United States

Experience Brunello di Montalcino the way it was meant to be: with some age! Learn all about aged Brunello as we examine a range of 1995's.Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present a special night of very special wines.1995 was a good year for Brunello di MontalcinoThis will be a special night indeed. We'll start with an overview of Tuscany and Montalcino in particular: the history, some key producers, the lay of the land, and the history of the…

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The Amazing Pinot Noirs of Siduri

January 25 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Twin Cities Wine Education, 2446 University Avenue West, #106
Saint Paul, MN 55114 United States

When it comes to Pinot Noir, there is nobody else like Siduri.Founded by Adam and Diana Lee, Siduri is all about (and only about) Pinot Noir. Sourcing fruit from many of the top vineyards up and down the west coast, they allow the educated consumer to taste through a range of wines every vintage that shows the influence of true terroir on the wines. This vineyard sourcing is rarely available to other wineries. Hirsch, Rosella's, Clos Pepe, and many more…

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WINTER CABIN: The January Solo Vino Sunday Series edition

January 26 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Solo Vino, 517 Selby Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55102 United States

Join sommelier Jason Kallsen for a private in-store tasting and education about winter-friendly wines. Big discounts for all attendees.Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present a special Sunday Series tasting at Solo Vino wine shop!WINTER CABIN: Wines for cold weather enjoymentThe Sunday Series with Solo Vino is a special private event that is casual, info-packed, and perfect for those wanting to stock up the cellar for the cold months. In this edition, we will focus on wines for colder…

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Wines of the Southern Rhône Masterclass

January 27 @ 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 special night of amazing winesWines of the Southern Rhône MasterclassFeaturing an incredible range of rarely opened bottles including amazing Chateauneuf du Pape The wines of the Southern Rhone were the first to bring me to tears, when I was handed a glass by a mentor in the early 1990's. It was a Gigondas. I still remember how it smelled and how it made it me feel. Like any great wine, it brought more questions forward than…

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Willamette Valley Pinot Noirs: A Complete Overview

January 29 @ 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 special night of incredible Oregon Pinot Noirs!Willamette Valley Pinot Noirs: A Complete OverviewWe'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…

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Meet the Importer: Tour and Tasting at The Wine Company

January 30 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
The Wine Company, 425 West Minnehaha Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55103 United States

Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present a "behind the curtain" view of our local wine scene.MEET THE IMPORTERA wine class, tour, and tasting at The Wine Company of Saint Paul, MNWho imports your wine matters. Some importers are nameless, faceless, huge international entities that drive volumes of product. Others take the opposite approach: meet the families, handshake deals, and continuous communication to make both of their businesses better. In the Twin Cities, we are very lucky to have…

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February 2020

Ultimate Intro to Wine: Winespeak

February 13 @ 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 KallsenThe 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 world of wine…

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Valentine’s Sparkling Wine and Port class (by candlelight, of course)

February 14 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
North Loop Wine and Spirits, 218 Washington Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States

A perfect way to spend Valentine's night, learning all about sparkling wines and port wines from sommelier Jason Kallsen.Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present a special night of candlelight, romantic music, and tons of wine education featuring amazing sparkling wines and Ports.VALENTINE'S SPARKLING WINE AND PORT CLASS (by candlelight, of course)Goal of the class: To help you learn a ton about two important categories in the wine world, while having a romantic evening and enjoying some amazing selections.Details: Sparkling…

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Vino + Vinyl: THE JOSHUA TREE and California Rhônes

February 15 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Twin Cities Wine Education, 2446 University Avenue West, #106
Saint Paul, MN 55114 United States

Twin Cities Wine Education presents a new concept for wine and music lovers ...VINO and VINYLU2's The Joshua Tree + Rhône varieties from CaliforniaJoin us for a new concept in wine education: Vino and Vinyl with Twin Cities Wine Education. Each Vino and Vinyl night will be a memorable pairing of a particular wine category paired with a legendary album played on 180g vinyl on top quality equipment including a top-level U-Turn turntable and a Jamo 626 speaker system, powered by our…

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Blind Burgundy Battle 2020: Chardonnay and Pinot Noir showdown

February 17 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine & Spirits, 218 North Washington Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States

Twin Cities Wine Education presentsBLIND BURGUNDY BATTLE 2020!CHARDONNAY AND PINOT NOIR BURGUNDY VS. THE WORLDThe 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 the question "What is…

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Grand Cru Chablis: Bougros, Les Clos, Valmur, Vaudesir, and more!

February 19 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine & Spirits, 218 North Washington Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States

Twin Cities Wine Education presents a very special night of some of the top wines in the worldGRAND CRU CHABLISFeaturing the gems from the Grand Cru hill of Chablis, France, where some of the best Chardonnays in the world are bornIn this special class, we will deep dive into the Grand Cru hill of Chablis, where head-spinningly good wines consistently get the top praise of wine lovers around the world. William Fevre owns more Grand Cru property than anyone, and…

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Hidden Gems of the Wine World: unlocking the unknown

February 24 @ 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 relaxing and educational winter afternoon classHIDDEN GEMS OF THE WINE WORLD: unlocking the unknown**Outstanding wines you've probably never heard of or experienced **I’m happy to announce the return of the Hidden Gems of the Wine World, always one of the great eye-openers for students of the vine.In this class we will experience NONE of the following: Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio/Bianco/Noir, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Zinfandel, Sangiovese, Tempranillo, or Nebbiolo. What’s left? Only…

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