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October 2019

The World of Orange Wine

October 15, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine and Spirits, 218 Washington Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States

An exploration into the world of Orange Wine, the traditional winemaking method of many countries, which has seen a modern resurgence. Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present a special evening exploring an old winemaking method that has entered our modern era.THE WORLD OF ORANGE WINEInstructor: Jason Kallsen, certifed sommelier and founder of Twin Cities Wine Education."Orange Wine" is probably the oldest type of wine in the world, but only recently has had a modern resurgence as sommeliers and…

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Wines of Portugal, with Rui Abecassis of Obrigado Imports

October 24, 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 evening with one of the top experts of Portugal and Portuguese wines.THE WINES OF PORTUGAL, with special guest Rui Abecassis of Obrigado ImportsThe wine of Portugal are some of the most exciting in the world today, with an amazing range now being exported from this beautiful country. And Portugal has quickly risen to the top of the list of tourists, exploring the amazing cities of Porto and Lisbon, the countryside…

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Ridge Vineyards: The Fall 2019 Releases

October 29, 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 very special night featuring our favorite winery in America Ridge Vineyards: The Fall 2019 Releases Join us for a special night enjoying some of the best wines made in the world. Ridge Vineyards needs no introduction. Their wines are considered as good as they get, with the Monte Bello commonly referenced as the best red wine made in America. For over five decades they have consistently produced the best wines from…

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November 2019

Burgundy Masterclass: The Wines of the Côte de Beaune

November 4, 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 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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The Burgundy Masterclass: The Reds of the Côte de Nuits

November 11, 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 an incredible night of Burgundy education THE BURGUNDY MASTERCLASS: REDS OF THE CÔTE DE NUITS Of all the wine regions of the world, Burgundy holds the charm and attention of wine experts the most. Why? Quite simple, really. Burgundy produces many of the best, most legendary, and most complex wines of the world. Within the region of Burgundy, the northern half of the Cote d'Or, known as the Côtes de Nuits, is renowned for making possibly the…

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Secrets of the Somm: An introduction to deductive wine tasting

November 13, 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 an exciting class for the wine curious SECRETS OF THE SOMM: An introduction to deductive wine tasting Plus an overview of wine accreditation courses and programs We're experiencing the rise of the 'sommelier culture' in the United States. It started as an offshoot of the chef as celebrity movement and was accelerated by the release of the popular movies Sideways and Bottle Shock. Of course, the pop culture moment that solidified the word 'sommelier' into our lexicon was the release of the documentary…

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Björnson Vineyard: Wines, History, and Farming with Mark Björnson

November 14, 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 night showcasing one of the great vineyards of Willamette Valley and an outstanding producer with local ties!

 BJÖRNSON VINEYARD: WINES, HISTORY, AND FARMING with special guest MARK BJÖRNSON

 Join us for a special night with Mark Björnson, who with wife and winemaker Patty, run the acclaimed Björnson Vineyard in the Eola-Amity Hills and make their own incredible wines under the Björnson label. This will be a wide-ranging night of learning…

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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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