The final night of Toast Wine Bar
  • June 7, 2017

The final night of Toast Wine Bar

On the morning of Tuesday May 30th we got a phone call from the management of Toast Wine Bar that they would be closing after…

My favorite boxed wine brand (and why)
  • April 6, 2017

My favorite boxed wine brand (and why)

Everybody should have boxed wine in the house. Simple as that. Why? Because it represents more of what the wine world needs: casualness, unpretentiousness, and…

Where should I buy my wine in the Twin Cities?
  • February 1, 2017

Where should I buy my wine in the Twin Cities?

I had a terrific time last night conducting a private tasting in South Minneapolis, meeting many new people and having some wonderful wine conversation. A…

Connecting the dots via Knudsen Vineyards
  • May 18, 2016

Connecting the dots via Knudsen Vineyards

For me, this is what the wine industry is all about. Mid Summer, 1995: The Mall of America had been open for three years, and…

Which Came First? The Wine or the Keg?
  • May 11, 2016

Which Came First? The Wine or the Keg?

The ultimate marker of Spring has occurred in the Twin Cities and thousands of people, including me, are more satisfied, nourished, and relaxed as a…

The Future of Wine? Or Just Welcome To Wine?
  • April 25, 2016

The Future of Wine? Or Just Welcome To Wine?

On the marketing side of the wine/beer/spirits world, everybody is tripping over themselves to understand the Millennial generation. This wave of population is quickly becoming…

Q&A with Sommelier Erin Rolek of The Bachelor Farmer, Minneapolis
  • March 9, 2016

Q&A with Sommelier Erin Rolek of The Bachelor Farmer, Minneapolis

Note from Jason: This profile is about one of my favorite people in the local wine scene. Erin Rolek represents the younger generation of sommeliers in…

The Pandora’s Box of Cool Climate Grapes
  • January 27, 2016

The Pandora’s Box of Cool Climate Grapes

I didn’t know I was opening a pandora’s box. Last week’s newsletter essay (if you don’t get them, please sign up) was about the upcoming…

The Boys of Bedrock Wine Company Visit the Twin Cities
  • January 16, 2016

The Boys of Bedrock Wine Company Visit the Twin Cities

There’s a mischievous side of me that loves when people from warmer climates arrive in Minnesota smack dab in the middle of a deep freeze. You…

A Basic Cheat Sheet For Ordering Wine At a Restaurant
  • January 13, 2016

A Basic Cheat Sheet For Ordering Wine At a Restaurant

After a recent wine class, a student named Alyssa shared an exciting story. She was out for dinner with her boss, and her boss’ boss,…

The December 2015 recap — What a month!
  • January 5, 2016

The December 2015 recap — What a month!

Ever look back at your personal calendar and wonder how you pulled it off? That’s the case with me and December of 2015, for sure…

2015 Holiday Gift Ideas from Twin Cities Wine Education!
  • November 25, 2015

2015 Holiday Gift Ideas from Twin Cities Wine Education!

Welcome 2015 Holiday shoppers! Ordering Twin Cities Wine Gift Certificates has never been easier! All gift certificates will be fully customized to the recipient. Upon checkout…