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January 2020

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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Wine After Work: New York’s Finger Lakes District

January 28 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
The Vine Room, 756 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN 55343 United States

Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present a great little wine class with Sommelier Shar PetersonWine After Work: Understanding New York’s Finger Lakes wine districtLearn the ins and outs of the wines of the Finger Lakes of New York 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…

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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

BUBBLY and FRIES 2020 at Black Dog Lowertown

February 3 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Black Dog Lowertown, 308 East Prince Street
Saint Paul, MN 55101 United States

Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present a magical night of music, dancing, bubbles, and french fries! One of our most popular nights of the year!Bubbly and Fries 2020!Presented in partnership by Twin Cities Wine Education, Solo Vino Wine Shop. and Black Dog LowertownDuring the sparkling wine and Champagne masterclasses of December, I made one thing perfectly clear: the best food pairing with a glass of bubbly is anything deep-fried and salty. And what is the ultimate deep-fried and…

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Wine After Work at The Vine Room: Zinfandel!

February 11 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
The Vine Room, 756 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN 55343 United States

Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present happy hour meets wine education!Wine After Work: Zinfandel!Learn the ins and outs of the Zinfandel grape with certified sommelier and wine educator Shar Peterson!This fun after work gathering will compare the styles of Zinfandel from various producers and regions throughout California. Learn all about the history of this grape (a great story indeed), expectations of styles, the hottest producers of Zin at the moment, and more! Sommelier Shar Peterson will cover hints…

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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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Wine After Work at The Vine Room: The “New California”

February 18 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
The Vine Room, 756 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN 55343 United States

Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present happy hour meets wine education!Wine After Work: The wines of the "New California" A brand new class with wine educator Shar Peterson!The book "The New California Wine" by Jon Bonné is one of the most important wine books written in the last 20 years. In the book, Bonné outlines the changes that have happened in the California wine scene in the last ten years, with new and young winemakers returning to old-school techniques…

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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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THE EYRIE VINEYARDS CELEBRATION 2020

February 22 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Black Dog Cafe, 308 East Prince Street
Saint Paul, MN 55101 United States

Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present a very special afternoon celebrating one of the best wineries in America!THE EYRIE VINEYARDS CELEBRATION, recognizing the 55th anniversary of the first plantings of Pinot Noir in Willamette ValleyOn February 22, 1965, David Lett bent the arc of wine history when the first Pinot Noir went into the ground in the Willamette Valley.As the first one to defiantly dismiss the so-called 'experts' that said Pinot Noir couldn't grow successfully in Willamette Valley, he…

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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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Wine After Work at The Vine Room: Sauvignon Blanc

February 25 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
The Vine Room, 756 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN 55343 United States

Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present happy hour meets wine education!Wine After Work: Sauvignon BlancA brand new class with wine educator Shar Peterson!Sauvignon Blanc is one of the noble grapes of the wine world. Did you know it's also the parent of Cabernet Sauvignon? A wide range of Sauvignon Blanc styles are produced around the world, and in this class, you'll learn about them all.From the racy and bracing New Zealand wines to Bordeaux, Napa, Loire Valley, South…

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Turley Zinfandel: Five Counties Compared

February 25 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine and Spirits, 218 Washington Ave N
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States

Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present a special limited seating class. Turley Zinfandels: Five Counties Compared A great way to learn about the historic grape and the key regions of California production.  Larry Turley changed the image of Zinfandel. Since founding his winery nearly 30 years ago, the name Turley has been attached to some of the top Zinfandels made. When the wave of 'bigger is better' Zinfandels of the early 1990s hit the scene, Turley was the…

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Wines of Alto Adige and the Veneto of Italy (including Amarone!)

February 26 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine & Spirits, 218 South Washington Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States

Twin Cities Wine Education presents ...The Wines of Alto Adige and the Veneto, including Amarone! They are hands down two of my favorite wine regions on the planet. Alto Adige is accurately described as "Yosemite valley with grapevines and better food!" by a good wine friend. The Veneto is simply one of the greatest spots for wine in the world. And in this class, we'll taste and learn about both! In this new class, we'll dive deep into the history,…

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Wine After Work: Port and Desserts of Cafe Latte

February 27 @ 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 very special Wine After Work event Understanding Port, paired with the outstanding desserts of Café Latte. Port and dessert go hand and in hand, and in the Twin Cities one destination stands out for their legendary desserts: Café Latte on Grand Avenue in Saint Paul. Join us for a very special Wine After Work class with Sommelier Shar Peterson featuring a terrific overview of the fortified wines of Portugal.  She will…

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Wine on the Weekend at The Vine Room: Grenache and Gouda

February 29 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
The Vine Room, 756 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN 55343 United States

Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present a perfect way to spend a Saturday afternoon! Wine on the Weekend (with a cheese class!)Grenache and Goudawith sommelier and educator Shar Peterson Our new weekend wine series will focus on a particular pairing of one grape variety with one type of cheese. Come learn all about the Grenache grape including its history, differing styles, top regions around the world, outstanding producers, and more. Learn all about what Grenache brings to the…

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March 2020

The Amazing Wines of Portugal: A Full Overview

March 2 @ 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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Wine After Work: The Wines of Valle d’Aosta, Italy

March 3 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
The Vine Room, 756 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN 55343 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 Aosta 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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Wine After Work at The Vine Room: Syrah around the world

March 4 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
The Vine Room, 756 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN 55343 United States

Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present happy hour meets wine education! Wine After Work: Syrah around the world Learn the ins and outs of the Syrah grape with certified sommelier and wine educator Shar Peterson! This fun after work gathering will compare the styles of Syrah around the world, focusing on France, California, and Australia. We'll cover the good and the bad about Syrah, the rise of it in California in the 1990s, the reason it's called Shiraz…

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The Sparkling Wine Masterclass (including incredible Champagne!)

March 4 @ 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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Wine After Work at Nightingale: Syrah!

March 5 @ 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: Syrah at Nightingale on Lyndale! Learn the ins and outs of Syrah 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 important grape, how it performs in the vineyards, choices made by the winemaker, and all the key regions of the world for growing the best Syrah. A…

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Natural and Orange Wines: Everything you need to know

March 9 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine and Spirits, 218 Washington Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States

Join sommelier Jason Kallsen for a night of tasting and learning about the most misunderstood topics in wine: Natural and Orange wines! Twin Cities Wine presents a special night of important and accurate information on two very imporant parts of the wine world.Natural and Orange wines: everything you need to know.These are two categories of the wine world that are currently hot. Very hot. And full of misinformation. What makes a wine "natural" as opposed to organic, biodynamic, or sustainable?…

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Wine After Work: Valpolicella, Ripasso, and Amarone

March 10 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
The Vine Room, 756 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN 55343 United States

Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present a great Wine After Work class Valpolicella, Ripasso, and Amarone with sommelier Shar Peterson Join sommelier Shar Peterson for a quick dive into three of the great wines of the Veneto in northeastern Italy. Valpolicella, Ripasso, and Amarone are each distinctive, each delicious, each with a purpose, but made differently simply by winemaking method. If you've never experienced these three wines side by side, you're in for a treat. Rarely can this…

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Intro to Wine Series: WINESPEAK (The Ultimate Intro to Wine class)

March 11 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine and Spirits, 218 Washington Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States

The best "Intro to Wine" class available, and our most popular class. Presented to over 12,000 students. Learn how to talk the talk of wine! Our most popular class and the best wine fundamentals class out there!The Intro to Wine series: "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…

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Wine After Work: Chianti and Chianti Classico

March 12 @ 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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Halcón Syrah Vertical and Winemaker Visit for Angel of Hope Animal Rescue

March 13 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Twin Cities Wine Education, 2446 University Avenue West, #106
Saint Paul, MN 55114 United States

Halcón Vineyards Syrah Vertical to benefit Angel of Hope Animal RescueWith special guest: owner and winemaker Paul Gordon This is a new format we are experimenting with. A student donates six (or more!) awesome wines from their cellars and chooses a charity of their choice. We set up a twelve-person tasting and class around those wines, giving four seats free to the one that donated the wine. We then sell the seats and give 100% of the proceeds to the chosen…

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