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December 2018

The Champagne Masterclass 2018 Edition!

December 28, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine and Spirits, 218 Washington Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States

  THE CHAMPAGNE MASTERCLASS 2018 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 ONE GREAT EVENING 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 2018! *** We…

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The Wine Academy with Chris Griese: The Sparkling Wine Masterclass

December 29, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Cotroneo’s Wine And Spirits, 2148 3rd Street
White Bear Lake, MN 55110 United States

Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present The Wine Academy with Chris Griese The Sparkling Wine MasterclassFeaturing tasting and deep discussion on Prosecco, Cava, Champagne, and more! Join us for a special afternoon with Chris Griese, one of the most experienced and knowledgeable wine and sake experts in the state of Minnesota, for a deep dive exploration into sparkling wine around the world (just in time for New Year's Eve!). This class will concentrate on the combination of grape…

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January 2019

Wine After Work: Wines of New Zealand

January 3 @ 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: Understanding New Zealand 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 key grape varieties, the geography, the culture, how to get the most bang for your buck, and much more. Why is Sauvignon Blanc the…

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The Wine Academy: Sonoma Part One (Sonoma Coast and Russian River Valley)

January 4 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Cotroneo’s Wine And Spirits, 2148 3rd Street
White Bear Lake, MN 55110 United States

Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present a new concept in wine learning. The Wine Academy with Chris GrieseSonoma Part One: Sonoma Coast and Russian River Valley Join local wine expert Chris Griese for a new format of wine education, The Wine Academy. These multi-session educational seminars will be topical by month, focusing on a particular region in the world of wine. (The classes are independent of one another, meaning you do not need to take part one to…

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Jason’s Picks Q1 2019 at Cotroneo’s

January 7 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Cotroneo’s Wine And Spirits, 2148 3rd Street
White Bear Lake, MN 55110 United States

Jason’s Picks: The curated wine selections hand picked by Sommelier Jason Kallsen Q1 2019 SELECTIONS: Class and tasting Tuesday, October 9th in White Bear Lake! Throughout 2019 I’ll be taking over some sections of local wine shops around town, leading with Cotroneo’s in White Bear Lake. The  “Jason’s Picks” section will consist of 10 wines that I ferret out from great local wholesalers and offer with full information for the consumer including food pairings, history of the region and wineries, background behind…

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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 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 Wine Academy: Sonoma Part Two (Dry Creek Valley and Alexander Valley)

January 9 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Cotroneo’s Wine And Spirits, 2148 3rd Street
White Bear Lake, MN 55110 United States

Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present a new concept in wine learning. The Wine Academy with Chris GrieseSonoma Part Two: Dry Creek Valley and Alexander Valley Join local wine expert Chris Griese for a new format of wine education, The Wine Academy. These multi-session educational and tasting seminars will be topical by month, focusing on a particular region in the world of wine. (The classes are independent of one another, meaning you do not need to take part one…

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The Rioja Masterclass, featuring La Rioja Alta and Lopez de Heredia

January 9 @ 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 Spanish wine education THE RIOJA MASTERCLASSThe greatest wine region of Spain   Spanish wine history is full of starts and stops over the course of 2000 years (far more so than France or Italy), resulting in a fractured wine system that didn't really start great momentum until the late 20th century. One exception, however, is the famous region of Rioja. This class will take a multi-pronged approach to understand this incredibly important…

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Wine After Work: Chianti and Chianti Classico

January 10 @ 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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Vino and Vinyl: REVOLVER + Syrah

January 12 @ 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 presents a new concept for wine and music lovers ... VINO and VINYLClass one: The Beatles REVOLVER + SYRAH Join us for the inaugural edition of 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 variety along with a legendary album played on 180g vinyl on top quality equipment including a vintage Marantz turntable and a Jamo 626 speaker…

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The Petaluma Gap, featuring Trombetta Gap’s Crown Vineyard vertical

January 14 @ 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 an exclusive and limited seating wine event. The Petaluma Gap, featuring Trombetta Gap's Crown Vineyard Pinot Noir 2011-2015 The newest AVA in Sonoma County is special indeed. The Petaluma Gap, formed by the dip in the hills toward the Pacific Ocean due west of the town of Petaluma, allows a wave of cool air and fog to envelop a very special place for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Within the Petaluma Gap lies…

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The Wine Academy: Sonoma Part Three (Sonoma Valley and Petaluma Gap)

January 16 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Cotroneo’s Wine And Spirits, 2148 3rd Street
White Bear Lake, MN 55110 United States

Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present a new concept in wine learning. The Wine Academy with Chris GrieseSonoma Part Three: Petaluma Gap and Sonoma Valley Join local wine expert Chris Griese for a new format of wine education, The Wine Academy. These multi-session educational and tasting seminars will be topical by month, focusing on a particular region in the world of wine. (The classes are independent of one another, meaning you do not need to take part one to…

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Ultimate Intro to Wine: Winespeak

January 16 @ 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 available! 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: New York’s Finger Lakes District

January 17 @ 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: Understanding New York's Finger Lakes wine district Learn 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,…

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Olé! The Spanish gems of Olé Imports with expert Erin Drain

January 17 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine & Spirits, 218 North Washington Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States

50% OFF TICKETS THROUGH 12/31/2018 WITH PROMOTION CODE "NewYear" (no spaces). Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present a night of spectacular wines from one of our favorite importers: Spanish specialist Olé Imports. Hailed by Robert Parker as one of the best in the business of Spanish wine importation, Olé has recently changed distributors in Minnesota and is returning for a grand kick off with Twin Cities Wine Education! As many of you have learned in our wine classes,…

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RIDGE Vineyards: Rosé and Rarities

January 19 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Twin Cities Wine Education, 2446 University Avenue West, #Suite 106
Saint Paul, MN 55114 United States

Twin Cities Wine Education presents a special night of wines directly from our favorite producer, Ridge Vineyards. RIDGE VINEYARDS: Rosé and Rarities We're not shy about our love of Ridge Vineyards. In our opinion, they are number one in America, the best producer around, without any question. In terms of wineries of the world, they are easily in the top 10, joined by the best of Burgundy and Bordeaux. One of the best things about Ridge is their Advanced Tasting…

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Wine After Work: The Wines of Washington State

January 24 @ 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: The Wines of Washington State Learn the ins and outs of the wines of Washington 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. Washington State wines represent…

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Vino + Vinyl: KIND OF BLUE + Grenache

January 25 @ 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 presents a new concept for wine and music lovers ... VINO and VINYLClass two: Miles Davis' SOME KIND OF BLUE + GRENACHE Join 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 variety along with a legendary album played on 180g vinyl on top quality equipment including a vintage Marantz turntable and a Jamo 626 speaker system.…

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Italy’s Heel and Toe: The Wines of Apulia and Calabria

January 28 @ 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 new class on a very old region The Wines of Apulia and CalabriaExploring the heel and toe of Italy It's one of the oldest wine regions in the Mediterranean Basin. The far southern part of Italy is where the Greeks first landed and planted vines, followed by the development by the Romans. Over time, wine regions further to the north started to steal the spotlight, and today if you say "Italian wine" most people…

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Wine After Work: Willamette Valley

January 31 @ 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 way to end the work day, with Sommelier Shar Peterson! Wine After Work: Willamette Valley Join certified sommelier and wine educator Shar Peterson on a journey into the Willamette Valley of Oregon. Learn about the history of the region, the incredible growth of the Oregon wine industry, travel hints, what makes their Pinot Noirs so delicious, what other wines grow there, and what the future holds for Willamette Valley wine.…

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February 2019

Secrets of the Somm: An introduction to deductive wine tasting

February 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 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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The Rhône Valley Masterclass: From Côte Rôtie to Châteauneuf-du-Pape

February 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 proudly presents the most comprehensive class available on a favorite subject. The Rhône Valley MasterclassIncluding the gems of Côte Rôtie and Châteauneuf-du-Pape, plus the very rare sparkling wine of the North, Saint-Péray 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 is that it…

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The Wines of France: A complete overview

February 12 @ 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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Vino and Vinyl Valentine’s Edition: AL GREEN GREATEST HITS + Bubbly

February 14 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Twin Cities Wine Education, 2446 University Avenue West, #Suite 106
Saint Paul, MN 55114 United States

Twin Cities Wine Education presents a new concept for wine and music lovers ... VINO and VINYLClass three: AL GREEN GREATEST HITS + SPARKLING WINESA wine class by candlelight Join us for the third edition of 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 variety along with a legendary album played on 180g vinyl on top quality equipment including a…

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GastroVINO: The Naughty Greek Edition

February 16 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
The Naughty Greek, 2400 University Avenue West
Saint Paul, MN 55114 United States

Twin Cities Wine Education proudly presents
 the next edition of GastroVINO! THE NAUGHTY GREEK on University and Raymond, just around the corner from our new headquarters! GastroVINO is back. Find a great local restaurant that we feel deserves more attention, take it over for a couple hours on a Saturday, drink a bunch of great wine, learn from the owners and operators, laugh with new friends, and be home before the sun sets. We love GastroVINO events! The Naughty Greek…

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The Legendary Last Gems of Alois Kracher

February 19 @ 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 presents a special night of the rarest of rare dessert wines The Legendary Last Gems of Alois Kracher Alois Kracher was a larger than life figure who departed at far too young an age, dying of cancer in 2007 at the age of 48. In his years, his outsized personality matched his reputation for incredible, dynamic, work-intensive sweet wines that took the world by storm. His wines were made in a painstaking process of allowing the…

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The Wine Academy: Big Islands of Italy – Sicily and Sardinia

February 20 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Cotroneo’s Wine And Spirits, 2148 3rd Street
White Bear Lake, MN 55110 United States

Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present a new concept in wine learning. The Wine Academy with Chris GrieseThe Big Islands of Italy: Sicily and Sardinia Join local wine expert Chris Griese for a new format of wine education, The Wine Academy. These educational and tasting seminars will be topical by month, focusing on a particular region in the world of wine. All classes average 90 minutes in length, include four great wines to taste, and a ton of…

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Ultimate Intro to Wine: Winespeak

February 20 @ 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 available! 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: The Wines of Valle d’Aosta, Italy

February 21 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 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 Barolo and Barbaresco Masterclass

February 21 @ 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 classes THE BAROLO AND BARBARESCO MASTERCLASS 2019 Edition 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…

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