Somm Gift Kit 2021: Dessert Done Right

YAY! You have the 2021 Twin Cities Wine Education Dessert Wines Somm Kit!

This is one of the most exciting kits available this holiday season. So much fun stuff here that we step through in the video and the links below. But first, in case you have no idea who we are, here’s an introduction from us, explaining who we are and what we do:

Let’s learn about your wines!

More links for learning

ELIO PERRONE ‘BIGARO’

This wine is so much fun, so distinctive, so easy going, and so unpretentious. And most of all it’s downright delicious! Only 5% ABV and as fresh as can be.

More info on the producer, Eilo Perrone, and the importer, the Rare Wine Company.

Winesearcher pages on the grapes: Moscato and Brachetto.

I mentioned this is made in the same method as Moscato d’Asti (as well as Prosecco), a method called Charmant which involves making the wine en masse in high pressure tanks. Learn more about Charmant.

We made a big deal about the importer, The Rare Wine Company, which is one of about thirty or forty importers that we follow closely and trust what they do. Learn more about the world of smaller wine importers.

LAFLEUR-MALLET SAUTURNES 375ml

Winesearcher: Sauternes (great overview)

Wine Folly: They Call it “Noble Rot” (article about botrytis)

Vinoble 2021: Noble Rot, Botrytis Cinerea (great photos of what this stuff looks like)

SMITH WOODHOUSE “LODGE RESERVE” PORT, PORTUGAL

Winesearcher: The Douro Valley

Wine Enthusiast: The Essential Guide to Port Wines

And if you travel to Portugal, the number one resource is our friend Ryan Opaz at catavino.net. Tap into Ryan for planning and wine tours and we guarantee you’ll have the best trip of your life!

And finally…

Angela’s cranberry sauce recipe is legendary, awesome, awe-inspiring, and fun. Here you go:

Thank you, everyone! Enjoy your wines and have a great Thanksgiving!

Jason and Angela Kallsen