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September 2019

Ultimate Intro to Wine: Winespeak

September 4 @ 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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TEMPERATURE AND CLIMATE: The Foundations of Wine series

September 5 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Jo Jo’s Rise & Wine, 12501 Nicollet Avenue, #Suite 100, #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: CLIMATE AND TEMPERATUREwith instructor Shar Peterson 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.…

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

September 5 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine and Spirits, 218 North Washington Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55401 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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The Zinfandel Masterclass

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

Photo: 100+ year old Zinfandel vines in  Alexander Valley of Sonoma. Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present a new class examining in detail “America’s Grape”: Zinfandel. From its humble beginnings as the chosen grape of Italian immigrants in Sonoma County to the downfall of popularity and the amazing revival thanks to winemaking mistake, Zinfandel has far more history and diversity in style than many realize. This class will be part history, part geography, and part Sherlock-like detective novel…

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Wine Rivers of the World: Columbia, Willamette, and Russian

September 10 @ 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 a new series of classes focusing on the great wine rivers of the world. Wine Rivers of the World: The Columbia, Willamette, and Russian Rivers When you think about it, many of the greatest wine regions of the world are connected to river systems. The Douro, Loire, Rhône, Mosel, Willamette, Columbia, Russian, Murray, and many more. Why is this? That's the core question we'll explore in this new series of classes taught…

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Wine After Work: (real) Beaujolais

September 12 @ 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: Understanding (real) Beaujolais Learn the ins and outs of the wines of Beaujolais 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 variety, the geography, the culture, how to get the most bang for your buck, and much more. "Real deal" Beaujolais is one of…

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Wine Rivers of the World: The Loire and the Rhine

September 12 @ 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 a new series of classes focusing on the great wine rivers of the world. Wine Rivers of the World: The Loire and the Rhine When you think about it, many of the greatest wine regions of the world are connected to river systems. The Douro, Loire, Rhône, Mosel, Willamette, Columbia, Russian, Murray, and many more. Why is this? That's the core question we'll explore in this new series of classes taught by…

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Wine After Work: Wines of New Zealand

September 17 @ 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 certified 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 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 main grape…

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Aged Oregon Wine Gems: 1979 to 2001

September 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 presents a special night of rare wines. An occasion never to be repeated again! AGED OREGON WINE GEMS: 1979-2001 Oregon wines are special for many reasons, but a key one is the infancy of the industry. The very first Pinot Noir vines were planed in the Willamette Valley only in 1966. The region didn't even kick into high gear until the 2000's. Before the spotlight was shining bright on the Willamette Valley, other parts of Oregon…

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Wine and War: How France Saved Their National Treasure

September 18 @ 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 special evening of history, stories, and great wine. WINE AND WAR: How the French saved their national treasure In the book Wine and War by Don and Petie Kladstrup, some amazing stories were told. Stories of winemakers held as prisoners of war. Stories of tunnels, hiding, resistance, and daring. Stories of horrible vintages, and legendary bottles. And most of all, stories of heroes overcoming incredible odds, and the wines that gave them hope…

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OLD WORLD vs NEW WORLD: The Foundations of Wine series

September 19 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Jo Jo’s Rise & Wine, 12501 Nicollet Avenue, #Suite 100, #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: OLD WORLD VS NEW WORLDwith instructor Shar Peterson 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…

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Wine Rivers of the World: The Ebro and the Douro

September 19 @ 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 a new series of classes focusing on the great wine rivers of the world. Wine Rivers of the World: The Ebro and the Douro When you think about it, many of the greatest wine regions of the world are connected to river systems. The Douro, Loire, Rhône, Mosel, Willamette, Columbia, Russian, Murray, and many more. Why is this? That's the core question we'll explore in this new series of classes taught by…

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Wine Geek Week: Australia – Movie kickoff night, Crocodile Dundee

September 22 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Twin Cities Wine Education, 2446 University Avenue West, #Suite 106
Saint Paul, MN 55114 United States
Free

Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present the kickoff event for Wine Geek Week: Australia!Free showing of the 80's classic CROCODILE DUNDEE plus tasting of Australian Viognier Limited to 20 people Join us for the kickoff event to Wine Geek Week: Australia as we show the Paul Hogan classic CROCODILE DUNDEE while enjoying artisinal popcorn and some outstanding Australian wines.This is a casual evening limited to the size of our office space. Only 20 seats available. We hope you…

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Wine Geek Week Australia: History and Classic Producers

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

Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present a special night recognizing the classic producers of Australian wine, plus the deep history of this amazing country.WINE GEEK WEEK AUSTRALIA: HISTORY OF AUSTRALIAN WINE and THE CLASSIC PRODUCERSThe stories and wines of the great founders: Yalumba, Penfolds, Henschke, and moreGoal of the class: To help you understand the impact that key families and companies had in the formation of the Australian wine industry. Also, to teach the centuries old history of…

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Wine Geek Week Australia: The New Australia Grand Tasting

September 24 @ 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 a special grand tasting celebrating the new, the unknown, and awesome wines coming out of Australia today. ONE OF THE MOST EYE-OPENING TASTINGS OF THE YEAR.WINE GEEK WEEK AUSTRALIA: THE NEW AUSTRALIA GRAND TASTINGGoal of the event: To introduce you to dozens of producers that you've never heard of, that are new to the United States market, and represent the fresh young energy that is taking over winemaking down under. An incredible night…

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Wine Geek Week Australia: The d’Arenberg Deep Dive

September 25 @ 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 class focused on one of the iconic producers of modern Australian wines, operated by one of the true characters of the business.WINE GEEK WEEK AUSTRALIA: THE D'ARENBERG DEEP DIVEThe wines, the mind, the styles of the legendary Chester Osborne Goal of the class: To demystify the wines of South Australia (and the McLaren Vale in particular), to introduce you to the wines of d'Arernberg if you are not familiar, to show the…

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Wine Geek Week: Wine After Work – The new white wines of Australia

September 26 @ 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 NEW WHITE WINES OF AUSTRALIA Learn the ins and outs of the great white wines of Australia 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. The…

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Wine Geek Week Australia: 1999 Australian Gems

September 27 @ 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 aged Australian gems, one of the best line ups you can experience this year.WINE GEEK WEEK AUSTRALIA: 1999 GEMS OF AUSTRALIAN WINEWhat treasures await 20 years on?The goal of the class: To help us understand the age-ability of Australian red wines through a careful tasting and discussion of a perfectly preserved collection of rarities.To cap off Wine Geek Week Australia, we have a special treat in store for twelve…

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Wine Geek Week Australia: The Viognier Breakfast

September 28 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
The Vine Room, 756 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN 55343 United States

Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present a special morning of Viognier and bagels! WINE GEEK WEEK AUSTRALIA: THE VIOGNIER BREAKFAST The goal of the class: To recreate an amazing experience I had in Australia in 2008, enjoying some of the best Viogniers around with bagels, cream cheese, and smoked salmon. Overview: Join us for a special morning of wine learning and delicious breakfast foods! We will gather at The Vine Room in Hopkins on Saturday morning September 28th at 10…

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October 2019

Wine After Work: Chianti and Chianti Classico

October 1 @ 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: 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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Wine After Work: The Willamette Valley

October 3 @ 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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Jason’s Picks Q4 2019 at Cotroneo’s

October 3 @ 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 Q4 2019 SELECTIONS: Class and tasting Thursday, October 3rd in White Bear Lake!Theme: The Thrifty Somm Selections - bang for the buck wines for winter. Think Syrah, Cabernet, Portuguese reds, fuller-bodied whites, and more. Get ready for the cold air! The  “Jason’s Picks” section is comprised of 10 wines that I ferret out from great local wholesalers and offer with full information for the consumer including food pairings, history…

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The Oldest Wine World: Exploring the Wines of Georgia

October 8 @ 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 new class on a very old region! The Wines of Georgia: An exploration into the old old old world of winemaking It's the birthplace of wine. It's where evidence of 8000 years of winemaking has been found. It's an area steeped in tradition and history. And we are just now, in America, truly discovering their wines. Join us for a special night of learning about and tasting these incredible wines, newly…

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Ultimate Intro to Wine: Winespeak

October 9 @ 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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Wine After Work: The World of Cabernet Franc

October 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 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 Wines of Tuscany: a complete overview

October 10 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Twin Cities Wine Education, 2446 University Avenue West, #Suite 106
Saint Paul, MN 55114 United States

Tuscany is one of those regions that the mere mention of will cause eyes to roll and 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 deal. The wines of Tuscany are surprisingly varied. This class will begin by covering the geography of the region — exactly where Tuscany…

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The Science of Wine and Flavor

October 14 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine and Spirits, 218 North Washington Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States

Twin Cities Wine Education LLC presents a great night of learning the complexities of wine and flavor pairings The Science of Wine and Flavor Time to geek out. Let’s talk acids, alcohols, tannin, yeast strains, photosynthesis, fermentations, and the science of food and wine pairing. In this popular and highly interactive class, we will dive headfirst into the science of wine and flavor, starting with an eye-opening experiment: tasting a range of wines with salt, sugar, sour, and fat. By…

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Wine After Work: Port and Desserts of Cafe Latte

October 15 @ 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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The World of Orange Wine

October 15 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine and Spirits, 218 North Washington Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States

An exploration into the world of Orange Wine, the traditional winemaking method of many countries, which has seen a modern resurgence. Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present a special evening exploring an old winemaking method that has entered our modern era.THE WORLD OF ORANGE WINEInstructor: Jason Kallsen, certifed sommelier and founder of Twin Cities Wine Education."Orange Wine" is probably the oldest type of wine in the world, but only recently has had a modern resurgence as sommeliers and…

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Wine After Work: The Wines of Corsica

October 17 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
The Vine Room, 756 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN 55343 United States

Twin Cities Wine Education proudly presents a brand new class on a very old place... Wine After Work: The Wines of Corsicawith Sommelier Shar Peterson The island of Corsica has a long history, thousands of years, in the wine world. Established first by the Greeks and later the Romans, it has been on the crossroads of the European wine trade for centuries. In this new class, we'll explore the island, its history, and the many grape varieties it produces. Learn…

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