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April 2019

The Amazing Wines of Portugal: A Full Overview

April 23 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine & Spirits, 218 North Washington Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States

Twin Cities Wine Education LLC presents The Amazing Wines of Portugal Crisp whites, deep dry reds, dessert deliciousness, and everything in-between! If there is one wine country to keep an eye on right now, it's Portugal. While much of Spanish winemaking has hyper-modernized (international varietals, lots of new oak used, deeper and more extracted wines that don't seem to have a sense of place), Portugal has done an exceptional job of straddling the old world and the new world. Many of these…

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Vino and Vinyl: Chris Osgood + the Suicide Commando’s Time Bomb

April 26 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Twin Cities Wine Education, 2446 University Avenue West, #Suite 106
Saint Paul, MN 55114 United States

Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present a special evening with wine importer and music legend Chris Osgood of the Suicide Commandos!VINO + VINYL: Imported wines of Chris Osgood + TIME BOMB While Chris is best known as the lead guitarist for the Suicide Commandos, the punk rock power trio of the Twin Cities in the 1970's and 80's, he is also highly regarded as an importer of incredible wines from southwestern France. In this unique class, we will…

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Wine Geek Week: Sonoma – OLD SONOMA featuring Silver Oak

April 28 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Twin Cities Wine Education, 2446 University Avenue West, #Suite 106
Saint Paul, MN 55114 United States

Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present Wine Geek Week, April 28-May 3rd 2019. A week of tastings, seminars, dinners, and of course the Grand Tasting, this time focusing on the incredible wines and diversity of Sonoma County! Wine Geek Week: SonomaAged Gems of Silver Oak and Ferrari Carano We're kicking off Wine Geek Week with a presentation of rarities from two of the stalwarts of Sonoma County: Ferrari-Carano and Silver Oak. Both were established a generation ago, when…

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Wine Geek Week: Sonoma – THE GRAND TASTING

April 30 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
The University Club of Saint Paul, 420 Summit Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55102 United States

Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present the largest tasting of the wines of Sonoma County in Minnesota! Wine Geek Week: Sonoma - THE GRAND TASTING Join us for a memorable night of incredible wines, held in the beautiful ballroom of the University Club of St. Paul on Summit Avenue. Dozens of fantastic wines will be presented, organized by the winery or by location in Sonoma County.  Prepare for over 50 selections to experience from all corners of Sonoma…

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May 2019

Wine Geek Week: Sonoma – THE SONOMA COAST

May 1 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Cotroneo’s Wine And Spirits, 2148 3rd Street
White Bear Lake, MN 55110 United States

Twin Cities Wine Education presents a night focused on a beautiful, rugged, and controversial region when it comes to wine. Wine Geek Week: SonomaThe Sonoma Coast AVA Join wine educator Chris Griese on a journey down the most beautiful stretch of our west coast, ranging roughly from Jenner (where the Russian River dumps into the sea) to Bodega Bay (home of the crab industry of Sonoma). The region also juts surprisingly far inland, all the way to Santa Rosa. Why…

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Wine Geek Week: The Renaissance of Sonoma Valley with Dan O’Brien

May 1 @ 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 night of rarities, gems, and outstanding discussion with one of the new stars of the Sonoma wine business. The Renaissance of Sonoma Valley, with Dan O'Brien of Gail Wines This will be a special night indeed. Dan O'Brien is part of the young new guard of the Sonoma wine scene, producing an uber-limited and much sought after wine called Gail Wines. In this special night, Dan will not only present his…

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Wine Geek Week: Sonoma – SONOMA TRAVEL MASTERCLASS

May 2 @ 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 complete overview of Sonoma County, with the wine traveler in mind. Wine Geek Week: SonomaThe Sonoma Wine Travel Masterclass (with new info and fresh updates for 2019) Join sommelier Jason Kallsen as he takes you on a journey through 'America's Tuscany,' otherwise known as Sonoma County. This class is comprehensive, detailing every American Viticultural Area in the county while also giving you hints and tips for great travel. You'll learn the…

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Wine Geek Week: Sonoma – THE WINES OF RIDGE VINEYARDS

May 2 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Cotroneo’s Wine And Spirits, 2148 3rd Street
White Bear Lake, MN 55110 United States

Twin Cities Wine Education presents a special night with what we consider the finest winery in America. Wine Geek Week: SonomaThe Sonoma wines of Ridge Vineyards If you've ever been to the Ridge Lytton Spring vineyard and winemaking facility, you know just how special it is. Surrounded by some of the oldest vineyards in Sonoma County (including some from the very early 1900s that are technically unknown varieties) they produce what is arguably the best wine in California. Join us…

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The Best of Bandol

May 6 @ 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 is proud to present a special evening of wines from a very special place ... The Best of BandolFeaturing Domaine Tempier "La Courtine" 2016, Chateau Pibarnon 2010, and more! The tiny speck of land in southern France, hugging the Mediterranean Sea, called Bandol produces some of the most age-worthy and profound wines of the world. But due to the minuscule nature of the production, few wine lovers have tried them much less a range of wines side…

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Secrets of the Somm: Deductive wine tasting and overview of Sommelier programs

May 7 @ 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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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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Wine After Work: The World of Chenin Blanc

May 9 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Black Dog Cafe, 308 East Prince Street
Saint Paul, MN 55101 United States

Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present a fun after work gathering of wine and learning. Wine After Work: The World of Chenin Blanc There is a world of variety out there when it comes to Chenin Blanc. Sparkling, bone dry, off dry, dessert, and seemingly everything in between. Additionally, the range of regions that produce incredible Chenin is long indeed: Loire Valley, South Africa, Napa Valley, Santa Barbara, Washington, and even Australia.  In this new class, we'll deep…

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ACIDITY: The Foundations of Wine series

May 14 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Jo Jo’s Rise & Wine, 12501 Nicollet Avenue, #Suite 100, #Suite 100
Burnsville, MN 55337 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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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 North Washington Avenue
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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Wine After Work: The World of Cabernet Franc

May 16 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Cafe Latte, 850 Grand Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55105 United States

Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present a fun after work gathering of wine and learning. Wine After Work: The World of Cabernet Franc It's the grape variety getting all the attention lately from somms around the world. Ten years ago, outside of the Loire Valley in France, 100% Cab Franc wines were a rarity. With domestic leaders such as Gamling and McDuck, Gary Wooten, and Lang and Reed, the world of Cabernet Franc has exploded. Join us for…

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The Wonderful World of French Rosé

May 16 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine and Spirits, 218 North Washington Avenue
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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Alex Fullerton: Seven Single Vineyards Pinot Noirs (and Willamette AVA’s)

May 21 @ 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 is proud to present a special night of some of the rarest wines of Willamette Valley. Alex Fullerton of Fullerton Winery presents: Seven single vineyards and AVA's of Willamette Valley. Join us for a night with a special guest expert that carries an encyclopedia of Willamette Valley in his brain. Alex Fullerton is the talented young winemaker and founder of Fullerton Wines, which is suddenly found at many of the best restaurants of the Twin Cities.…

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OAK: The Foundations of Wine series

May 23 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Jo Jo’s Rise & Wine, 12501 Nicollet Avenue, #Suite 100, #Suite 100
Burnsville, MN 55337 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: OAK 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. OAK In this class, we’ll…

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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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Wine After Work: Chianti and Chianti Classico

May 28 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Cafe Latte, 850 Grand Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55105 United States

Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present a great little wine class with Sommelier Shar Peterson Wine After Work: Chianti and Chianti Classico Learn the ins and outs of the wines of Chianti and Chianti Classico while tasting some amazing selections, diving deep with maps, and learning from Certified Sommelier and Wine Educator Shar Peterson. She’ll cover the key grape varieties, the geography, the culture, how to get the most bang for your buck, and much more. Why is…

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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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Wine After Work: Rosé wines of France

May 30 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Cafe Latte, 850 Grand Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55105 United States

Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present a great little wine class with Sommelier Shar Peterson Wine After Work: ROSÉ WINES OF FRANCE Learn the ins and outs of the wines of the rosé wines of France while tasting some amazing selections, diving deep with maps, and learning from Certified Sommelier and Wine Educator Shar Peterson. She’ll cover the key grape varieties, the geography, the culture, how to get the most bang for your buck, and much more. From…

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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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Wine After Work: The Wines of Valle d’Aosta, Italy

June 4 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Black Dog Cafe, 308 East Prince Street
Saint Paul, MN 55101 United States

Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present a great little wine class with Sommelier Shar Peterson Wine After Work: The wines of Valle d'Aosta, Italy Join sommelier Shar Peterson for a new class diving into an amazing wine region, little known to Americans: Valle d'Aosta. The Asota valley is located in far northern Piemonte, on the Swiss border. It's the smallest wine region in Italy in both size and production (only 36,000 cases total of DOC production), and it's…

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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 Wine Academy: Aromatic Whites for Summer

June 12 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Cotroneo’s Wine And Spirits, 2148 3rd Street
White Bear Lake, MN 55110 United States
$20.00

A new class to celebrate the start of summer! The Wine Academy: Aromatic Whites for Summer Join us for a new class on the heavenly aromatic whites of the world, exploring a wide range of delicious gems with wine expert Chris Griese.  Why do these particular wines smell so good? You can thank an aroma compound class called terpenes.Terpenes are the carriers of the smell of orange blossom, geranium, lilac, and more. They are the aromas that are so uplifting and triggering…

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