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May 2019

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 Washington Avenue North
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 Washington Avenue North
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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Burgundy Masterclass: The wines of the Côte de Beaune

May 20 @ 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 amazing Burgundies! The Burgundy Masterclass: The Wines of the Côte de Beaune The southern half of the Côte d'Or, known as the Côte de Beaune, is revered for the Chardonnays that are produced there, along with the ethereal reds from Pinot Noir. Legendary regions such as Chassagne-Montrachet, Puligny-Montrachet, Meursault, Volnay, and Pommard have captured the palates of wine lovers for generations, and in this class, we'll learn why. We'll start with an overview…

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Alex Fullerton: Seven Single Vineyards Pinot Noirs (and Willamette AVA’s)

May 21 @ 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 some of the rarest wines of Willamette Valley. Alex Fullerton of Fullerton Winery presents: Seven single vineyards and AVA's of Willamette Valley. Join us for a night with a special guest expert that carries an encyclopedia of Willamette Valley in his brain. Alex Fullerton is the talented young winemaker and founder of Fullerton Wines, which is suddenly found at many of the best restaurants of the Twin Cities.…

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OAK: The Foundations of Wine series

May 23 @ 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: OAK 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. OAK In this class, we’ll…

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Ultimate Intro to Wine: Winespeak

May 23 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 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: Chianti and Chianti Classico

May 28 @ 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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The Rhône Valley Masterclass: From Côte Rôtie to Châteauneuf-du-Pape

May 28 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
North Loop Wine & Spirits, 218 North Washington Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55401 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, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, and everything in-between!The most comprehensive Rhône Valley wine class available! 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 reason is that it…

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Wine After Work: Rosé wines of France

May 30 @ 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: ROSÉ WINES OF FRANCE Learn the ins and outs of the wines of the rosé wines of France 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. From…

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June 2019

The Bordeaux Masterclass

June 3 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
North Loop Wine & Spirits, 218 North Washington Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States

Twin Cities Wine Education presents The Bordeaux Masterclass A comprehensive overview of one the world's top wine regions Ah, Bordeaux. There is no other place like it. It's an area dripping with history (including our own Thomas Jefferson traversing its land), historic estates (some of the most beautiful wineries in the world), legendary producers (Lafite Rothchild, Chateau Margaux, Haut-Brion, and dozens more), and of course some of the best wines of the world. In the Bordeaux Masterclass, we will do…

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

June 4 @ 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 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 White Wines of France

June 5 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
North Loop Wine & Spirits, 218 North Washington Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States

Twin Cities Wine Education presents a comprehensive class to help your summertime wine enjoyment! The White Wines of France: A complete overview Join us for a journey around France as we explore the key regions and grapes for white wine production. In this eye-opening class, you'll taste an AMAZING variety of wines from great producers as we journey through the country. In this class we'll cover: The great Blanc de Blancs of Champagne and what makes them so good. The…

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The Wines of Tuscany: a complete overview

June 6 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
North Loop Wine & Spirits, 218 North Washington Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States

Twin Cities Wine Education presents a full overview of the wines of Tuscany! Including Chianti, Chianti Classico, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, Super Tuscans, and Brunello di Montalcino! Tuscany is one of those regions that the mere mention of will cause 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…

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The Rosé Masterclass 2019

June 11 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 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 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 make them. In this best of its kind event, we’ll taste a huge range…

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The Wine Academy: Aromatic Whites for Summer

June 12 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Cotroneo’s Wine And Spirits, 2148 3rd Street
White Bear Lake, MN 55110 United States

A new class to celebrate the start of summer! The Wine Academy: Aromatic Whites for Summer Join us for a new class on the heavenly aromatic whites of the world, exploring a wide range of delicious gems with wine expert Chris Griese.  Why do these particular wines smell so good? You can thank an aroma compound class called terpenes.Terpenes are the carriers of the smell of orange blossom, geranium, lilac, and more. They are the aromas that are so uplifting and triggering…

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The Wines of Marietta Cellars

June 18 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
North Loop Wine & Spirits, 218 North Washington Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States

Twin Cities Wine Education presents a special night with a favorite winery of Sonoma County The Wines of Marietta Cellars In the mid-1990s, when I started my wine career as a consultant for Surdyk's Liquors, a particular wine caught my attention and that of many others. Marietta Old Vine Red was a consistent best buy, with big layers of big flavor for not very much money. It was also a blended red wine decades before "Red Blends" was a category…

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TANNIN: The Foundations of Wine series

June 19 @ 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: TANNIN 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. TANNIN In this class, we’ll…

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Wine After Work: Wines of New Zealand

June 27 @ 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 guest presenter Heidi Klosterman! 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 Heidi Klosterman. 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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July 2019

Jason’s Picks Q3 2019 at Cotroneo’s

July 2 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 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 Q3 2019 SELECTIONS: Class and tasting Tuesday, July 2nd in White Bear Lake!THEME: SUMMERTIME WINE FUN! 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…

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The Oldest Wine World: Exploring the Wines of Georgia

July 8 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 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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The Barolo and Barbaresco Masterclass

July 9 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
The Wine Shop, 17521 Minnetonka Boulevard
Minnetonka, MN 55345 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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Ultimate Intro to Wine: Winespeak

July 10 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 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 Incredible Wines of Austria

July 15 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 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 a little known wine region. The Incredible Wines of Austria Presented by Jason Kallsen with special guest Bill Summerville Wachau, Kremstal, Kamptal.  Prädikatswein, Strohwein, Tafelwein.  Steinfeder, Federspiel, Smaragd. Regions, levels, styles, designations, and we haven't even touched upon the grape varieties (Gruner Veltliner, Zweigelt, St. Laurent, Welshriesling, and more). There is so much to learn about this ancient land of wine, and this class is the single best way to do…

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