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April 2019

An evening with Heath Payne of Bethel Heights

April 3 @ 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 of Willamette Valley wines! Welcome Heath Payne, Assistant Winemaker of Bethel Heights Hands down, no question, Bethel Heights is one of our favorite wineries. Located in the Eola-Amity Hills of Willamette Valley (south of McMinnville), Bethel Heights was one of the first to put vines in the ground and for decades has been a standard-bearer when it comes to the wines of Willamette Valley.  We are honored to…

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

April 4 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 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 Pinot Noir Challenge - Burgundy vs. Oregon vs. California Join 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…

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Jason’s Picks Q2 2019 at Cotroneo’s

April 4 @ 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 Q2 2019 SELECTIONS: Class and tasting Thursday, April 4th 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…

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Lavinea: Exploring Terroir in Willamette Valley

April 5 @ 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 deep dive into the terroir of Willamette Valley. The Wines of Lavinea, the Single Vineyard Exploration of Willamette Valley A new winery run by two industry veterans is shaping up to redefine our knowledge of Willamette Valley. Lavinea was founded in 2014 by Greg Ralston and Isabelle Meunier (she formerly of Evening Land, one of the great wineries of Willamette) to explore the concept of terroir in this cherished region. But…

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Wine After Work: Prosecco, Cava, and Trentodoc

April 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 great little wine class with Sommelier Shar Peterson Wine After Work: Understanding Prosecco, Cava, and Trentodoc Learn the ins and outs of Prosecco and Trentodoc from Italy, Cava from Spain while tasting some great selections, looking at 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. (What?…

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The Big Five B: Burgundy, Bordeaux, Barbaresco, Barolo, and Brunello

April 9 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
The Wine Shop, 17521 Minnetonka Boulevard
Minnetonka, MN 55345 United States

Twin Cities Wine Education presents a new class showcasing the top level wines from the best regions of Europe THE BIG FIVE B: BURGUNDY, BORDEAUX, BARBARESCO, BAROLO, and BRUNELLO They 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…

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British Bubbles with Brandon Barnham of Ridgeview Winery

April 10 @ 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 great night, learning about one of the hottest categories in the world of wine: English sparkling wine! British Bubbles with Brandon Barnham, of Ridgeview Winery of England The rise of British Sparkling wines has been amazing to watch. What was once a curiosity, an anomaly, has turned into a category grabbing the attention of sommeliers and wine writers the world over. Recent articles in the New York Times has grabbed the…

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The Wines of Northern Italy: from Venice to Turin

April 15 @ 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 classes Wine Regions of Northern Italy, from Venice to Turin Featuring a deep education on Prosecco, Alto-Adige, Friuli, Valpolicella, Barbaresco, Barolo, and more! It's one of my favorite wine journeys, and the route I've traveled the most in Europe. Starting in the Veneto and exploring Venice, we'll talk in detail about exploring this most historic of cities and how to have a personal and memorable experience. Then…

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Ultimate Intro to Wine: Winespeak

April 16 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
The Wine Shop, 17521 Minnetonka Boulevard
Minnetonka, MN 55345 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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Ridge Vineyards: The 2013 Vintage, the ATP Program, and Rarities

April 17 @ 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 night with our favorite winery, featuring rarities and gems from their Advanced Tasting Program. Ridge Vineyards: The 2013 Vintage, the ATP Program, and Rarities The Ridge Vineyards ATP program is the original 'wine club' developed decades before Direct-To-Consumer became a major part of the winery's business model. They started the ATP program for one reason: to make use of small lots of specifically wonderful wines that were in such small quantity that…

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Wine After Work: The Willamette Valley

April 18 @ 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 Willamette Valley There is no region with as much sudden success as the Willamette Valley of Oregon. The first vines were planted by David Lett at The Eyrie Vineyards in 1966. By 1980 there were a couple of dozen wineries. Now there are hundreds, producing what many believe to the best Pinot Noirs in the world. Join us for…

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The Wine Academy: Red Blends around the world

April 18 @ 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 GrieseRed Blends Around the World 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 learning and discussion. …

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Icons of California: Beaulieu Vineyard Georges de LaTour 1964-1998

April 22 @ 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 LLC presents a very special wine event  Icons of California wine:  Beaulieu's Georges de Latour Cabernet Sauvignon 1964-1998 Before the days of cult wines and 100 point scoring systems, a handful of legendary wines from Napa Valley were produced and are still considered today to be some of the top wines ever made in America. One such wine is Beaulieu Vineyards' Georges de Latour Vineyard, from the heart of Napa Valley in Rutherford.  Legendary winemaker Andre Tchelistcheff was at the helm…

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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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