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May 2019

A special night with John Locke of Birichino Winery

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

This is going to be a great one! Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present a very special guest, showing some incredible wines at amazing prices. A SPECIAL NIGHT WITH JOHN LOCKE OF BIRICHINO WINERY I first happened upon the wines of Birichino a number of years ago in a little wine shop on the main drag of Calistoga in Napa Valley. Always on the hunt for a winery I've never heard of, I found a few bottles from…

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The Rosé Masterclass 2019

May 14 @ 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 the number one Rosé wine class available THE ROSÉ MASTERCLASS 2019 EDITION NOTE THE MAY 14th CLASS IS SOLD OUT. Another session added for June 11th! https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-rose-masterclass-2019-tickets-60975389030 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…

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The Wonderful World of American Rosé

May 15 @ 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 top rosé wine classes of 2019! THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF AMERICAN ROSÉ For the 2019 class season, I am doing a series of Rosé classes separated into specific terroirs, plus a "Rosé Masterclass" that will overview all the main rosé regions of the world. We'll be covering France, Italy and Spain, Oregon and Washington, and California throughout the summer. For this class, we venture to the west coast to taste the…

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The Wonderful World of French Rosé

May 16 @ 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 excited to bring you a comprehensive rosé education for 2019! THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF FRENCH ROSÉ For the 2019 class season I am doing a series of Rosé classes separated into specific sub-topics, sometimes based on country and sometimes based on style, plus an overview class called the Rosé Masterclass. In this edition, we focus on the country best known for top-notch dry pink wines: France. Throughout France, amazing rosé is produced, but the method…

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Burgundy Masterclass: The wines of the Côte de Beaune

May 20 @ 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 special night of amazing Burgundies! The Burgundy Masterclass: The Wines of the Côte de Beaune The southern half of the Côte d'Or, known as the Côte de Beaune, is revered for the Chardonnays that are produced there, along with the ethereal reds from Pinot Noir. Legendary regions such as Chassagne-Montrachet, Puligny-Montrachet, Meursault, Volnay, and Pommard have captured the palates of wine lovers for generations, and in this class, we'll learn why. We'll start with an overview…

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Ultimate Intro to Wine: Winespeak

May 23 @ 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 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

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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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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ACIDITY: The Foundations of Wine series

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

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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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 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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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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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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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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