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January 2020

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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Wine on the Weekend at The Vine Room: Cabernet and Camembert

January 18 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 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!)Cabernet and Camembertwith sommelier and educator Shar PetersonOur new weekend wine series will focus on a particular pairing of one grape variety with one type of cheese. Come learn all about the Cabernet Sauvignon grape including its history, differing styles, top regions around the world, outstanding producers, and more. Learn all about what Cabernet brings to the glass,…

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Vino and Vinyl: PURPLE RAIN + Zinfandel

January 18 @ 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 VINYLPURPLE RAIN + ZINFANDELJoin us for the return of Vino and Vinyl with Twin Cities Wine Education!Each Vino and Vinyl night will be a memorable pairing of a particular wine category along with a legendary album played on 180g vinyl on top-quality equipment including a U-Turn Audio turntable and a Jamo 626 speaker system, powered by our cherished Peachtree Nova 150 amplifier. This is a music listening…

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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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Wine After Work: Pinot Noir Challenge (Burgundy vs. Oregon vs. California)

January 23 @ 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 PetersonWine After Work: The Pinot Noir Challenge - Burgundy vs. Oregon vs. CaliforniaJoin sommelier Shar Peterson for a fun class comparing the styles of Pinot Noir from the three greatest regions for that variety: Burgundy, Oregon, and California.The class will consist of a blind tasting of three fantastic wines, with instruction on the best blind tasting practices, what you are smelling and tasting for,…

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1995 was a good year for Brunello

January 23 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Twin Cities Wine Education, 2446 University Avenue West, #106
Saint Paul, MN 55114 United States

Experience Brunello di Montalcino the way it was meant to be: with some age! Learn all about aged Brunello as we examine a range of 1995's.Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present a special night of very special wines.1995 was a good year for Brunello di MontalcinoThis will be a special night indeed. We'll start with an overview of Tuscany and Montalcino in particular: the history, some key producers, the lay of the land, and the history of the…

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Wine on the Weekend: The World of Cabernet Franc

January 25 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
The Vine Room, 756 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN 55343 United States

Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present a fun gathering of wine and learning.Wine on the Weekend: The World of Cabernet FrancIt'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.Best known as a minor blending grape…

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The Amazing Pinot Noirs of Siduri

January 25 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Twin Cities Wine Education, 2446 University Avenue West, #106
Saint Paul, MN 55114 United States

When it comes to Pinot Noir, there is nobody else like Siduri.Founded by Adam and Diana Lee, Siduri is all about (and only about) Pinot Noir. Sourcing fruit from many of the top vineyards up and down the west coast, they allow the educated consumer to taste through a range of wines every vintage that shows the influence of true terroir on the wines. This vineyard sourcing is rarely available to other wineries. Hirsch, Rosella's, Clos Pepe, and many more…

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WINTER CABIN: The January Solo Vino Sunday Series edition

January 26 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Solo Vino, 517 Selby Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55102 United States

Join sommelier Jason Kallsen for a private in-store tasting and education about winter-friendly wines. Big discounts for all attendees.Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present a special Sunday Series tasting at Solo Vino wine shop!WINTER CABIN: Wines for cold weather enjoymentThe Sunday Series with Solo Vino is a special private event that is casual, info-packed, and perfect for those wanting to stock up the cellar for the cold months. In this edition, we will focus on wines for colder…

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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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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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June 2020

1992 Revisited: Sonoma and Napa Valley

June 22 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Twin Cities Wine Education, 2446 University Avenue West, #106
Saint Paul, MN 55114 United States

A special night of 1992 Cabernet Sauvignons and Merlots from Sonoma and Napa Valley. A rare chance to taste these aged gems. Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present a night that will not be repeated anytime soon!1992 REVISITED: Gems from Sonoma and Napa ValleyIt's starting to get harder and harder to find great old wines, for the treasure hunters around the world are gobbling them up faster and faster. Luckily, we invested heavily in aged wines years ago…

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