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October 2019

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

October 24 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
The Vine Room, 756 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN 55343 United States
$36.00

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 Aosta 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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Wines of Portugal, with Rui Abecassis of Obrigado Imports

October 24 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine & Spirits, 218 North Washington Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States
$45.00

Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present a special evening with one of the top experts of Portugal and Portuguese wines.THE WINES OF PORTUGAL, with special guest Rui Abecassis of Obrigado ImportsThe wine of Portugal are some of the most exciting in the world today, with an amazing range now being exported from this beautiful country. And Portugal has quickly risen to the top of the list of tourists, exploring the amazing cities of Porto and Lisbon, the countryside…

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The Eyrie Vineyards: Single Vineyard Pinot Noirs of Dundee Hills

October 28 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Twin Cities Wine Education, 2446 University Avenue West, #Suite 106
Saint Paul, MN 55114 United States
$90.00

A special evening featuring single-vineyard​ rarities of the historic Eyrie Vineyards winery of Willamette Valley. Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present a special evening of rare wines from one of the legends of Oregon.THE EYRIE VINEYARDS Single Vineyard Pinot NoirsInstructor: Jason KallsenLocation and time: Twin Cities Wine Education headquartersDescription of wines to be served: 7 gems, including 5 single vineyard rarities, the never-before-popped in Minnesota Chasselas, and the basic Willamette Valley Pinot Noir. **When you have a line…

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Wine After Work: Dry Creek and Alexander Valleys

October 29 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
The Vine Room, 756 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN 55343 United States
$38.00

Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present a great little wine class with Sommelier Shar Peterson Wine After Work: Dry Creek Valley and Alexander Valley Join certified sommelier and wine educator Shar Peterson on a journey into the Dry Creek and Alexander Valleys of Sonoma County. Learn about the history of the region, the climate and soils, and where to find the best bang for the buck wines. Emphasis will be on the old zinfandel fields planted by the…

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Ridge Vineyards: The Fall 2019 Releases

October 29 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine & Spirits, 218 North Washington Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55401
$65.00

Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present a very special night featuring our favorite winery in America Ridge Vineyards: The Fall 2019 Releases Join us for a special night enjoying some of the best wines made in the world. Ridge Vineyards needs no introduction. Their wines are considered as good as they get, with the Monte Bello commonly referenced as the best red wine made in America. For over five decades they have consistently produced the best wines from…

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November 2019

Terroir of Willamette Valley: The Björnson Vineyard

November 1 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Twin Cities Wine Education, 2446 University Avenue West, #Suite 106
Saint Paul, MN 55114 United States
$76.00

Explore the concept of terroir in Willamatte​ Valley with a tasting of seven wines from one place, made by different winemakers. Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present a special evening showcasing one of the top vineyards of Willamette Valley.TERROIR IN WILLAMETTE: The Björnson VineyardInstructor: Jason KallsenLocation: Twin Cities Wine Education headquarters***There is a particularly special vineyard high in the Eola-Amity Hills owned by Minnesotans Mark and Pattie Björnson, right next door to the famed Seven Springs Vineyard (of…

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Burgundy Masterclass: The Wines of the Côte de Beaune

November 4 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine & Spirits, 218 North Washington Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States
$72.00

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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Wine After Work: New York’s Finger Lakes District

November 5 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
The Vine Room, 756 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN 55343 United States
$35.00

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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Wine and War: How France Saved Their National Treasure

November 5 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
The Wine Shop, 17521 Minnetonka Boulevard
Minnetonka, MN 55345 United States
$70.00

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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1985 was a great year for PORT!

November 8 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Twin Cities Wine Education, 2446 University Avenue West, #Suite 106
Saint Paul, MN 55114 United States
$62.00

Twin Cities Wine Education presents a special night (limited seating) of incredible 34 year old Ports! 1985 was a great year for PORT! Aged Vintage Port is the pinnacle of dessert wine. Only after decades of age does the amazing complexity of the best Vintage Ports come through. Join us for a very, very, very special tasting of 34 year old gems while learning all about the world of Port wine! We'll begin with an overview of the Port process,…

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The Burgundy Masterclass: The Reds of the Côte de Nuits

November 11 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine & Spirits, 218 North Washington Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States
$72.00

Twin Cities Wine Education presents an incredible night of Burgundy education THE BURGUNDY MASTERCLASS: REDS OF THE CÔTE DE NUITS Of all the wine regions of the world, Burgundy holds the charm and attention of wine experts the most. Why? Quite simple, really. Burgundy produces many of the best, most legendary, and most complex wines of the world. Within the region of Burgundy, the northern half of the Cote d'Or, known as the Côtes de Nuits, is renowned for making possibly the…

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OAK: The Foundations of Wine series

November 12 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Jo Jo’s Rise & Wine, 12501 Nicollet Avenue, #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: 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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Secrets of the Somm: An introduction to deductive wine tasting

November 13 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine & Spirits, 218 North Washington Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States
$45.00

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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Björnson Vineyard: Wines, History, and Farming with Mark Björnson

November 14 @ 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 is proud to present a special night showcasing one of the great vineyards of Willamette Valley and an outstanding producer with local ties!

 BJÖRNSON VINEYARD: WINES, HISTORY, AND FARMING with special guest MARK BJÖRNSON

 Join us for a special night with Mark Björnson, who with wife and winemaker Patty, run the acclaimed Björnson Vineyard in the Eola-Amity Hills and make their own incredible wines under the Björnson label. This will be a wide-ranging night of learning…

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Ultimate Intro to Wine: Understanding Europe

November 18 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine and Spirits, 218 North Washington Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States
$42.00

Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present the best overview class available on the big three wine countries of Europe: France, Italy, and 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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Wine After Work: Valpolicella, Ripasso, and Amarone

November 19 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
The Vine Room, 756 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN 55343 United States
$35.00

Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present a great Wine After Work class Valpolicella, Ripasso, and Amarone with sommelier Shar Peterson Join sommelier Shar Peterson for a quick dive into three of the great wines of the Veneto in northeastern Italy. Valpolicella, Ripasso, and Amarone are each distinctive, each delicious, each with a purpose, but made differently simply by winemaking method. If you've never experienced these three wines side by side, you're in for a treat. Rarely can this…

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The Sparkling Wine Masterclass (including incredible Champagne!)

November 19 @ 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 presents THE 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…

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Ultimate Intro to Wine (Winespeak) at The Wine Shop

November 20 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
The Wine Shop, 17521 Minnetonka Boulevard
Minnetonka, MN 55345 United States
$40.00

Twin Cities Wine Education and Certified Sommelier Jason Kallsen is proud to present our most popular class offering THE ULTIMATE INTRO TO WINE ("WINESPEAK") 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…

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Cru Beaujolais: No Nouveau here!

November 21 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine and Spirits, 218 North Washington Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States
$40.00

Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present a night of stunning Beaujolais, with no Nouveau in sight! Cru Beaujolais: No Nouveau Here! Beaujolais has suffered an identity crisis of massive proportions in the last twenty years in the United States. Why? Because of a tsunami of utterly forgettable (but often fun to gulp down) Beaujolias Nouveau that arrives on our shores every November. This year, we're taking Beaujolias back! Introducting "Cru Beaujolais: No Nouveau Here!", a night of where…

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Burgundies of Château de Pommard, with guest expert Preston Mohr (WSET 4)

November 24 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Twin Cities Wine Education, 2446 University Avenue West, #Suite 106
Saint Paul, MN 55114 United States
$65.00

Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present a special night for lovers of Burgundy wine and French travel and culture, through the insights of a true insider. The Burgundies of Château de Pommard with guest expert Preston Mohr (WSET 4) Château de Pommard is a historic house in Burgundy that is a leader in biodynamic farming, marketing innovation, and top-grade wines from the Côte de Beaune. Their United States expert, Preston Mohr (a University of Minnesota graduate) is in…

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Wines for Thanksgiving: What you NEED to know!

November 25 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
The Wine Shop, 17521 Minnetonka Boulevard
Minnetonka, MN 55345 United States
$38.00

Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present a fun, fast, and entertaining evening two days before the big meal. WINES FOR THANKSGIVING: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW! It's our favorite holiday of the year. The one night that we gather to eat, drink, and give thanks. And what wine to serve? In this new class we'll answer that question and then some, while tasting a great range of wines and giving you 20% off any wines purchased that evening…

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TANNIN: The Foundations of Wine series

November 26 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Jo Jo’s Rise & Wine, 12501 Nicollet Avenue, #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: 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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December 2019

Wine After Work: Wines of New Zealand

December 3 @ 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 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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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 overview Dessert Wines of the World will cover the wide range of incredible ‘stickies’ that are out there, but…

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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 world THE WINES OF PIEMONTE, ITALY – A FULL OVERVIEW Many 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…

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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…

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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…

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