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December 2019

TEMPERATURE AND CLIMATE: The Foundations of Wine series

December 10 @ 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
$40.00

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 PetersonThere 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.There are eight…

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Coastal Chardonnay and Pinot Noir: Best of North America

December 10 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine & Spirits, 218 North Washington Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States
$60.00

Twin Cities Wine Education presents a very "cool" wine classCoastal Chardonnay and Pinot Noir of North AmericaExploring the cool climate old-world style fringes of American winemakingPhoto: View of fog over the Sonoma Coast from Hirsch Vineyards.Photo by Jasmine Hirsch, a family story we'll be discussing in detail in this class.Do a Google image search on the term "American Coastal" and you'll see sunsets, beaches, the beautiful people, the outdoor lifestyle, and no indication that anything exists in the state otherwise. However,…

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

December 12 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine and Spirits, 218 North Washington Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States
$65.00

Twin Cities Wine Education presents a new class of top level wines from the best regions of EuropeTHE BIG FIVE B: BURGUNDY, BORDEAUX, BARBARESCO, BAROLO, and BRUNELLOThey 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 the world.  In…

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Vino and Vinyl: SGT PEPPERS + The Wines of Portugal

December 13 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Twin Cities Wine Education, 2446 University Avenue West, #Suite 106
Saint Paul, MN 55114 United States
$60.00

Twin Cities Wine Education presents a new concept for wine and music lovers ...VINO and VINYLThe Beatles SGT PEPPERS + The Wines of PortugalJoin 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. This is a music listening experience, with…

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The Sparkling Wine Masterclass (including incredible Champagne!)

December 16 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine & Spirits, 218 North Washington Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States
$50.00

Twin Cities Wine Education presentsTHE SPARKLING WINE MASTERCLASS Featuring Prosecco, Cava, Cremant, Champagne, and everything in-between***Say "bubbly" and most people can instantly hear the corks popping! Do you? If you do, this class is for you!Bubbly means celebration, good times, special occasions, and more often than not, Champagne.  But 'real' Champagne is but one of the many incredible sparkling wines the world has to offer. In this class, we will learn about everything Bubbly. We'll discuss Cremant from France, Cava from…

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Wine After Work: Rosé wines of France

December 17 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
The Vine Room, 756 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN 55343 United States
$40.00

Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present a great little wine class with Sommelier Shar PetersonWine After Work: ROSÉ WINES OF FRANCELearn 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 the beautiful hills…

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Dessert Wines of the World, a comprehensive overview

December 17 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine and Spirits, 218 North Washington Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States
$50.00

Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present a new class that will "stick" in your brain!If there is one category of wine that doesn't get the attention or respect it deserves, this is it. Also, if there's one category that has far more diversity than most people realize, this is also it!DESSERT WINES OF THE WORLD: A comprehensive overviewDessert Wines of the World will cover the wide range of incredible ‘stickies’ that are out there, but often misunderstood.We will…

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The Wines of Piemonte, Italy – A Full Overview (including Barolo!)

December 18 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine & Spirits, 218 North Washington Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States
$65.00

Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present a special class featuring a comprehensive overview of one of the great wine regions of the worldTHE WINES OF PIEMONTE, ITALY – A FULL OVERVIEWMany consider it the greatest wine region on the planet, or at least on par with Burgundy and Bordeaux. The region of Piemonte, in far northwestern Italy, is well known for Barolo and Barbaresco (which of course we’ll cover in this class), but there is also so much…

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The Champagne Masterclass 2019 Edition!

December 26 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine and Spirits, 218 North Washington Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States
$80.00

 THE CHAMPAGNE MASTERCLASS 2019 EDITION!Just in time for New Year's Eve, when you can impress your friends with your encyclopedic knowledge of the wine world, comes the annual Twin Cities Wine Education Champagne Masterclass.This year it's TWO great classes of Champagne education and tasting, featuring the top selections available today across a complete range of styles, prices, and producers. This is without any question the best night of Champagne education available in Minnesota in 2019!*Note: the two classes, December 26th…

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Wine on the Weekend: The World of Cabernet Franc

December 28 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
The Vine Room, 756 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN 55343 United States
$40.00

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 Champagne Masterclass 2019 Edition!

December 28 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
North Loop Wine and Spirits, 218 North Washington Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States
$80.00

 THE CHAMPAGNE MASTERCLASS 2019 EDITION!Just in time for New Year's Eve, when you can impress your friends with your encyclopedic knowledge of the wine world, comes the annual Twin Cities Wine Education Champagne Masterclass.This year it's TWO great classes of Champagne education and tasting, featuring the top selections available today across a complete range of styles, prices, and producers. This is without any question the best night of Champagne education available in Minnesota in 2019!*Note: the two classes, December 26th…

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12 Countries, 12 Sparkling Wines: Sunday Series with Solo Vino

December 29 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Solo Vino, 517 Selby Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55102 United States
$33.00

Twin Cities Wine Education and Solo Vino wine shop present a very special Sunday Series experience featuring 12 hand picked sparkling wines of the world, just in time for New Year's Eve.12 COUNTRIES, 12 INCREDIBLE SPARKLING WINES handpicked by Jason Kallsen Solo Vino's new Sunday Series wine events are special indeed. A particular topic, experts to discuss and teach while pouring select wines, and amazing pricing available only to those in attendance. We are proud to be the curators of the…

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NYE Under the Radar Sparkling Wines of the World, with Shar Peterson

December 31 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
The Vine Room, 756 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN 55343 United States
$45.00

Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present a special New Year's Eve event with sommelier Shar PetersonNew Year's Eve Under the Radar Sparkling Wines of the WorldA fantastic way to spend the final afternoon of 2019, with instruction from sommelier Shar PetersonJoin Twin Cities Wine Education's own Shar Peterson for a final sendoff of 2019 with a class dedicated to the fringes of the world of sparkling wine. We're not going to be tasting any of the normal stuff…

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New Year’s Eve Wine Dinner for smart people (home by 7pm!)

December 31 @ 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Cave Vin, 5555 Xerxes Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55410 United States
$120.00

Twin Cities Wine Education and Cavé Vin are proud to present a delicious and safe way to celebrate the New Year!Family style New Year's Eve Wine Dinner for Smart People (you'll be home by 7pm!)Avoid the chaos. Avoid the drunks. Avoid the overblown hoopla. Join us for an elegant, multi-course, delicious and memorable late afternoon / early evening of food, wine, and learning.A five course meal by the wonderfully talented chefs of Cavé Vin, along with wine pairings and wine…

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January 2020

Ultimate Intro to Wine: Winespeak

January 6, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine & Spirits, 218 North Washington Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States
$50.00

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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Wine After Work at The Vine Room: The Wines of Washington State

January 7, 2020 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
The Vine Room, 756 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN 55343 United States
$40.00

Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present happy hour meets wine education!Wine After Work: The Wines of Washington StateLearn the ins and outs of the wines of Washington 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.Washington State wines represent some of the best made in America…

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Ultimate Intro to Wine: Understanding Europe

January 7, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine and Spirits, 218 North Washington Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States
$50.00

Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present the best overview class available on the big three wine countries of Europe: France, Italy, and SpainULTIMATE INTRO TO WINE: THE WINES OF EUROPEWhen 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 variety is…

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Ultimate Intro to Wine: Winespeak

January 8, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine & Spirits, 218 North Washington Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States
$50.00

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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Wine on the Weekend at The Vine Room: Grenache and Gouda

January 11, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
The Vine Room, 756 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN 55343 United States
$50.00

Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present a perfect way to spend a Saturday afternoon!Wine on the Weekend (with a cheese class!)Grenache and Goudawith 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 Grenache grape including its history, differing styles, top regions around the world, outstanding producers, and more. Learn all about what Grenache brings to the glass, what…

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The Port Masterclass

January 11, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Twin Cities Wine Education, 2446 University Avenue West, #Suite 106
Saint Paul, MN 55114 United States
$70.00

Twin Cities Wine Education presents a very special evening ...The Port MasterclassFresh from extensive research and tastings on the current state of the world of Port, we present the Port Masterclass!This will be the most comprehensive discussion around on the history of Port, the role of Quintas vs. Lodges, the amazing Douro River Valley, and of course the multitude of styles available. A special emphasis will be on the conditions of the incredible 2016 harvest and what is leading many…

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The Barolo and Barbaresco Masterclass

January 13, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine & Spirits, 218 North Washington Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States
$90.00

Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present one of our most popular top-level classesTHE BAROLO AND BARBARESCO MASTERCLASS 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 travel. They are two of…

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Wine After Work at The Tasting Room: New Zealand

January 15, 2020 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
The Tasting Room, 1434 West 31st Street
Minneapolis, MN 55408 United States
$45.00

Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present a happy hour plus wine education!Wine After Work: The Wines of New Zealand, at The Tasting Room in Uptown!Learn the ins and outs of the wines of New Zealand 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 beautiful country, the story of the rise of Sauvignon Blanc in the 1980s, the sub-regions and other grapes…

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The Wines of Spain: A complete overview

January 15, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine & Spirits, 218 North Washington Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States
$60.00

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, 2020 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Nightingale, 2551 Lyndale Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55405 United States
$45.00

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, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
The Vine Room, 756 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN 55343 United States
$50.00

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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The Wines of Austria, Slovenia, and Croatia

January 20, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine & Spirits, 218 North Washington Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States
$55.00

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, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
The Tasting Room, 1434 West 31st Street
Minneapolis, MN 55408 United States
$50.00

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, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine & Spirits, 218 North Washington Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States
$60.00

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, 2020 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Black Dog Cafe, 308 East Prince Street
Saint Paul, MN 55101 United States
$45.00

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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The Amazing Pinot Noirs of Siduri

January 25, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Twin Cities Wine Education, 2446 University Avenue West, #Suite 106
Saint Paul, MN 55114 United States
$65.00

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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Wines of the Southern Rhône Masterclass

January 27, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine and Spirits, 218 North Washington Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States
$85.00

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, 2020 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
The Vine Room, 756 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN 55343 United States
$40.00

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, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine and Spirits, 218 North Washington Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States
$65.00

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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February 2020

BUBBLY and FRIES 2020 at Black Dog Lowertown

February 3, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Black Dog Lowertown, 308 East Prince Street
Saint Paul, MN 55101 United States
$65.00

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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Ultimate Intro to Wine: Winespeak

February 13, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine & Spirits, 218 North Washington Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States
$50.00

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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Blind Burgundy Battle 2020: Chardonnay and Pinot Noir showdown

February 17, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine & Spirits, 218 North Washington Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States
$75.00

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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