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February 2019

The Science of Wine and Flavor

February 27 @ 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: (real) Beaujolais

February 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: 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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March 2019

Washington Wine History and Aged Gems, with guest Chad Johnson

March 4 @ 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 stories, history, and older wines. Washington Wine History and Aged Gems, with special guest Chad Johnson of Dusted Valley Vineyards of Walla Walla This class falls under the category of "it's only happening once, never again," when we pop and discuss some amazing aged wines featuring the history of Washington state and Walla Walla in particular. Joining us for the discussion will be Chad Johnson, founder and owner of…

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Bordeaux Masterclass special edition, featuring 1981 Chateau Haut Brion

March 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 presents Special edition Bordeaux Masterclass featuring 1981 Chateau Haut Brion 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 a dual focus on…

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Châteauneuf-du-Pape: The 1998 Vintage Revisited

March 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 night of fabulous rare wines! Châteauneuf-du-Pape: The 1998 Vintage Revisited In the late 1980s and early 1990s, the Rhône Valley was still relatively unknown to Americans, who were focused on the regions of Bordeaux and Burgundy for French wine pleasure. Then came Robert Parker and his publication The Wine Advocate, who championed the wines of the Southern Rhône as some of the great bargains of the wine world. His love…

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Wine After Work: Port and Desserts of Cafe Latte

March 7 @ 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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BUBBLY and FRIES 2019 at Black Dog Lowertown

March 10 @ 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 night of music, dancing, bubbles, and french fries! GastroVINO: Bubbly and Fries 2019! Presented in partnership by Twin Cities Wine Education, Solo Vino Wine Shop. and Black Dog Lowertown. During 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 salty food? French fries,…

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Riedel and Pinot Noir Masterclass (including free stemware!)

March 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 an eye opening class with a free gift to take home! The Riedel Pinot Noir XL class, along with the Pinot Noir Masterclass. Prepare to be amazed. Stemware makes all the difference in the world, but rarely are you given the opportunity to try multiple wines from multiple glasses to prove the point. My analogy that I've used for years is this: you can have a top level turntable, Pink Floyd's Dark…

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The Wines of Spain: A complete overview

March 13 @ 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…

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Wine After Work: New York’s Finger Lakes District

March 14 @ 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 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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Riedel Veritas Champagne plus Sparkling Wine Masterclass

March 18 @ 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 eye opening class with a free gift to take home! The Riedel Veritas Champagne class, along with the Sparkling Wine Masterclass. IN MY OPINION, THE SINGLE MOST IMPRESSIVE RIEDEL GLASS AVAILABLE TODAY Prepare to be amazed. Stemware makes all the difference in the world, but rarely are you given the opportunity to try multiple wines from multiple glasses to prove the point. The analogy that I've used for years is this:…

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

March 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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SloCro: The Wines of Slovenia and Croatia

March 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 proud to present a new class about a very, very old region SloCro: The Wines of Slovenia and CroatiaCo-taught with sommelier Bill Summerville They are two of the oldest regions for wine in the world, yet only recently have commanded spots on wine lists across America. What is it with the wines of Slovenia and Croatia that have captured the attention of so many sommeliers? Join us in a comprehensive education, tasting, and discussion about…

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Wine After Work: The Central Loire Valley

March 21 @ 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 Central Loire Valley Learn the ins and outs of the wines of the central Loire Valley 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 central…

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Ultimate Intro to Wine: Winespeak

March 21 @ 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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Vino + Vinyl: DARK SIDE OF THE MOON + Rioja

March 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 presents a new concept for wine and music lovers ... VINO and VINYLPink Floyd's DARK SIDE OF THE MOON, paired with Rioja 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 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.…

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Ultimate Intro to Wine: Winespeak

March 25 @ 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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Intro to Wine: Understanding Europe

March 27 @ 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 best overview class available on the big three wine countries of Europe: France, Italy, and Spain ULTIMATE INTRO TO WINE: THE WINES OF EUROPE When you first start to learn about wine, it is easier to learn about California, Australian, and South American wines for several reasons. First, these places (especially the west coast of America) are familiar to us and we know how to pronounce the locations. Secondly, the grape…

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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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