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November 2019

Ultimate Intro to Wine: Understanding Europe

November 18, 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 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 Sparkling Wine Masterclass (including incredible Champagne!)

November 19, 2019 @ 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 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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Cru Beaujolais: No Nouveau here!

November 21, 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 night of stunning Beaujolais, with no Nouveau in sight! Cru Beaujolais: No Nouveau Here! Beaujolais has suffered an identity crisis of massive proportions in the last twenty years in the United States. Why? Because of a tsunami of utterly forgettable (but often fun to gulp down) Beaujolias Nouveau that arrives on our shores every November. This year, we're taking Beaujolias back! Introducting "Cru Beaujolais: No Nouveau Here!", a night of where…

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December 2019

The Wines of France: A complete overview

December 3, 2019 @ 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 comprehensive evening learning about arguably the greatest country for wine in the world. The Wine of France: A complete overview When it comes to the world of wine, there is one country that stands head and shoulders above all in terms of history, reputation, and influence. That country, of course, is France. From the cool hills of Champagne in the north to the sun-scorched plains to the south, the sheer range of wines coming…

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Coastal Chardonnay and Pinot Noir: Best of North America

December 10, 2019 @ 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 "cool" wine classCoastal Chardonnay and Pinot Noir of North AmericaExploring the cool climate old-world style fringes of American winemakingPhoto: View of fog over the Sonoma Coast from Hirsch Vineyards.Photo by Jasmine Hirsch, a family story we'll be discussing in detail in this class.Do a Google image search on the term "American Coastal" and you'll see sunsets, beaches, the beautiful people, the outdoor lifestyle, and no indication that anything exists in the state otherwise. However,…

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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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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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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 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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Wine After Work at The Tasting Room: New Zealand

January 15 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
The Tasting Room, 1434 West 31st Street
Minneapolis, MN 55408 United States

Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present a happy hour plus wine education!Wine After Work: The Wines of New Zealand, at The Tasting Room in Uptown!Learn the ins and outs of the wines of New Zealand while tasting some amazing selections, diving deep with maps, and learning from Certified Sommelier and Wine Educator Shar Peterson. She’ll cover the history of this beautiful country, the story of the rise of Sauvignon Blanc in the 1980s, the sub-regions and other grapes…

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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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Wine After Work at Nightingale: Cabernet Sauvignon

January 16 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Nightingale, 2551 Lyndale Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55405 United States

Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present a happy hour plus wine education!Wine After Work: Cabernet Sauvignon at Nightingale on Lyndale!Learn the ins and outs of Cabernet Sauvignon while tasting some amazing selections, diving deep with maps, and learning from Certified Sommelier and Wine Educator Shar Peterson. She’ll cover the (relatively recent) history of this important grape, how it performs in the vineyards, choices made by the winemaker, and all the key regions of the world for growing the…

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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 Wine Cellar Series at The Tasting Room: Gulfi of Sicily

January 22 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
The Tasting Room, 1434 West 31st Street
Minneapolis, MN 55408 United States

Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present a happy hour plus wine education!The Wine Cellar Series: Gulfi of SicilyJoin us for a new experience with Twin Cities Wine Education, hosted in the intimate cellar at The Tasting Room in Uptown, Minneapolis.LIMITED TO TEN PARTICIPANTSWhat is The Wine Cellar Series? It’s a deep dive into a particular producer that we love and want you to learn more about. These producers are ones we consider iconic in their regions but are often…

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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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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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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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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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Wine After Work at The Tasting Room: Why Merlot rocks

February 20 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
The Tasting Room, 1434 West 31st Street
Minneapolis, MN 55408 United States

Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present a happy hour plus wine education!Wine After Work: Why Merlot rocks!Learn the ins and outs of Merlot while tasting some amazing selections, diving deep with maps, and learning from Certified Sommelier and Wine Educator Shar Peterson. She’ll cover the history of this noble grape, the story of the rise of Merlot in the 1980s, the crash after the movie Sideways, the sub-regions and other grapes that are planted, and why today’s Merlots…

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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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