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218 Washington Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States

North Loop Wine and Spirits is located on Washington Avenue in the heart of the North Loop District of downtown Minneapolis. Our classes are held in the venue space below the store, featuring one of the oldest rooms in all of Minneapolis, built out of river-farmed limestone at the time of the Civil War.

 

February 2016

Wine Icons: Dunn Vineyards (including 1992 comparison 1.5L vs 750ml)

February 8, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine and Spirits, 218 Washington Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States

Get ready for one of the most memorable tastings you'll ever experience. There is only one Randy Dunn and Dunn Vineyards. From his early days at Caymus winery (1975-1985) to his establishment of the then-unheard of subregion of Howell Mountain, Dunn has been aggressively unapologetic about his wines, his personality, and his overall style. (Read more about him in a great Jon Bonne article).  What style is this? Wines that are made for the long haul. Wines that age like a…

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The Ultimate Intro to Wine, Part One (Winespeak)

February 9, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine and Spirits, 218 Washington Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States

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 world of wine as a tornado of confusion. No more! Come to the Ultimate Intro to Wine Class, presented by sommelier…

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The Zinfandel Masterclass

February 16, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine and Spirits, 218 Washington Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States

Photo: 100+ year old zinfandel vines in the Dry Creek Valley of Sonoma. Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present a new class examining in detail “America’s Grape”: Zinfandel. From it’s humble beginnings as the chosen grape of Italian immigrants in Sonoma County, to the downfall of popularity and the amazing revival thanks to winemaking mistake, Zinfandel has far more history and diversity in style than many realize. This class will be part history, part geography, and part Sherlock-like…

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The Terroir of Napa Valley

February 18, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine and Spirits, 218 Washington Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States

Twin Cities Wine Education presents THE TERROIR OF NAPA VALLEY an exploration into what makes Napa Valley so distinct There is no place like Napa Valley. From Carneros in the south to Calistoga in the north, from Spring Mountain and Mount Veeder in the west to Howell Mountain and the Vaca Range in the east, the kaleidoscope of complexity is enormous.  Napa Valley comprises one of the most complex geological systems on the planet, harboring fully one third of known…

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Hidden Gems of the Wine World

February 20, 2016 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
North Loop Wine and Spirits, 218 Washington Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States

Twin Cities Wine Education presents a relaxing and educational winter afternoon class HIDDEN GEMS OF THE WINE WORLD Outstanding wines you've probably never heard of or experienced I’m happy to announce the return of the Hidden Gems of the Wine World class, always one of the great eye-openers.  In this class we will experience NONE of the following: Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio/Bianco/Noir, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Zinfandel, Sangiovese, Tempranillo, or Nebbiolo. What’s left? Only some of the best…

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The Port Masterclass 2016

February 22, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine and Spirits, 218 Washington Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States

Twin Cities Wine Education LLC presents a very special evening ... The Port Masterclass The event you've been waiting for!!     Fresh from an extensive trip to Portugal and the Douro Valley, I'm happy to announce an incredible Port class will be occurring on February 22nd. This will be a comprehensive discussion on the history of Port, the role of Quintas vs. Lodges, the amazing Douro River Valley, and of course the multitude of styles available. We'll be learning about…

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The Sparkling Wine Masterclass

February 23, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine and Spirits, 218 Washington Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States

Twin Cities Wine Education LLC 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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March 2016

Dessert Wines of the World, a comprehensive overview

March 1, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine and Spirits, 218 Washington Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States

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 will cover the wide range of incredible ‘stickies’ that are out there, but often misunderstood. We will start with the historical…

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The Five B’s: Burgundy, Bordeaux, Barbaresco, Barolo, and Brunello

March 8, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine and Spirits, 218 Washington Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States

Twin Cities Wine Education presents a new class of top level wines from the best regions of Europe THE FIVE B's: 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 the world.…

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The Ultimate Intro to Wine, Part One (Winespeak)

March 9, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine and Spirits, 218 Washington Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States

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 world of wine as a tornado of confusion. No more! Come to the Ultimate Intro to Wine Class, presented by sommelier…

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The Science of Wine and Taste

March 12, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
North Loop Wine and Spirits, 218 Washington Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States

 Twin Cities Wine Education LLC presents The Science of Wine and Taste Time to geek out. Let's talk acids, alcohols, tannin, yeast strains, photosynthesis, fermentations, and the science of food and wine pairing. In this new and highly interactive class, we will dive head first into the science of wine, starting with modern developments in vineyard management including canopy management, organic farming, dry farming, and more. We then step into the winemaking itself to detail cold soak macerations, temperature controlled…

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Ultimate Intro to Wine, Part Two: France, Italy, and Spain

March 14, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine and Spirits, 218 Washington Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States

Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present the top introduction to European wines:ULTIMATE INTRO TO WINE PART TWO: FRANCE, ITALY, AND SPAIN When you first start to learn about wine, it is easier to learn about Californian, 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 often presented on the label, simplifying the understanding…

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So you want to be a Somm? An introduction to deductive wine tasting

March 29, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine and Spirits, 218 Washington Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States

Twin Cities Wine Education LLC presents an exciting new class SO YOU WANT TO BE A 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…

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Siduri: A Top Level Pinot Noir Experience

March 30, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine and Spirits, 218 Washington Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States

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 show the influence of true terroir on the wines. These vineyard sourcings are rarely available to other wineries. Hirsch, Rosella's, Clos Pepe, and many…

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April 2016

Wines of Chile and Argentina

April 6, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine and Spirits, 218 Washington Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States

Twin Cities Wine is proud to present a new wine class that will challenge and reshape your assumptions about South American wine. WINES OF CHILE AND ARGENTINA: A STUDY IN CONTRASTS In the world of wine, there are few places more diverse in terroir than Chile. However, the Chilean wine industry for decades has been built on "cheap and cheerful" wines that don't do enough to highlight regional diversity. Much of that is changing, and in the first part of…

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The Wonderful World of Rosé Part One: France

April 19, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine and Spirits, 218 Washington Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States

Twin Cities Wine Education is excited to present the first Rosé class of 2016!THE ROSÉ WINES OF FRANCE For the 2016 class season I am doing a series of Rosé classes separated into specific sub-topics, sometimes based on country and sometimes based on style. We are starting with the country best known for top notch dry pink wines: France. Throughout France amazing rosé is produced, but the method of production as well as the key grape varieties varies enormously. In…

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May 2016

Corton Charlemagne: Learning About a Grand Cru

May 16, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine and Spirits, 218 Washington Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States

It's considered by many to be one of the top Grand Cru sites for White Burgundy. It's a legendary terroir that produces wines of massive complexity. And in this class we'll taste three of them from one of the top producers. To best understand a site such as Corton-Charlemagne, being able to taste a range of wines is essential. Grand Cru Burgundy tends to be a 'transparent' wine, meaning the producer's goal is to allow the terroir of the place…

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Chateau Gloria Bordeaux: The 2008-2012 Vertical

May 18, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine and Spirits, 218 Washington Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States

Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present an amazing evening of Bordeaux wine and vintage education. Château Gloria is one of the premier wineries of Saint Julien, in the "left bank" or Cabernet Sauvignon dominant region of Bordeaux. Their wines are consistently stunning, and a favorite of critics around the world. In this special class, we will taste a five year vertical of Château Gloria, detailing the key qualities of all recent vintages. This will, no doubt, be one of…

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June 2016

The World of Rosé: Italy and Spain

June 6, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine and Spirits, 218 Washington Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States

Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present the top rosé wine classes of 2016! THE WORLD OF ROSÉ: ITALY AND SPAIN For the 2016 class season I am doing a series of Rosé classes separated into specific terroirs. We'll be covering France, Italy and Spain, Oregon and Washington, and California throughout the summer. For this class we venture to two of my favorite pink wine destinations: Italy and Spain. Italy and Spain are naturals when it comes to rosé,…

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The Ultimate Intro to Wine Part One (Winespeak)

June 13, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine and Spirits, 218 Washington Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States

Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present our most popular class offering THE ULTIMATE INTRO TO WINE, PART ONE ("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 many see the…

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The Sauvignon Blanc Masterclass

June 14, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine and Spirits, 218 Washington Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States

Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present the perfect wine class to get ready for summertime! THE SAUVIGNON BLANC MASTERCLASS Pouilly-Fume. Sancerre. New Zealand. Napa Valley. Oregon. Chile. They are all making great Sauvignon Blancs but they are so different in style. In this new class we'll examine the Sauvignon Blanc variety in depth, just in time for summer drinking. We’ll start off with the  history of the variety (including the surprising offspring it produced) along with the typical…

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The Barolo and Barbaresco Masterclass

June 15, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine and Spirits, 218 Washington Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States

Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present one of our most popular top level classes THE BAROLO AND BARBARESCO MASTERCLASS A comprehensive look at one of the top wine regions of the worldWith emphasis on the stunning vintages of 2010 and 2011  They are two of the best known but least understood wine regions in the world. The single varietal used to make the wines, Nebbiolo, is a mystery to many. How can such a delicate looking wine have…

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The World of Rosé: Oregon and Washington

June 27, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine and Spirits, 218 Washington Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States

Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present the top pink wine classes of 2016! THE WORLD OF ROSÉ: OREGON AND WASHINGTON For the 2016 class season I am doing a series of Rosé classes separated into specific terroirs. We'll be covering France, Italy and Spain, Oregon and Washington, and California throughout the summer. For this class we venture to the Pacific Northwest of the United States, to Oregon and Washington. Both of these states are naturals when it comes…

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The White Burgundy Masterclass (featuring great Grand Crus!)

June 29, 2016 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
North Loop Wine and Spirits, 218 Washington Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States

Twin Cities Wine Education presents a special evening of incredible wines THE WHITE BURGUNDY MASTERCLASSincluding amazing Grand Cru selections  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.  It's the region where terroir reigns. Where one tiny parcel of land can contain more geological pockets than you can imagine. It's the region where the…

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July 2016

Ultimate Intro to Wine, Part Two: France, Italy, and Spain

July 7, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine and Spirits, 218 Washington Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States

Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present the top introduction to European wines:ULTIMATE INTRO TO WINE PART TWO: FRANCE, ITALY, AND SPAIN When you first start to learn about wine, it is easier to learn about Californian, 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 often presented on the label, simplifying the understanding…

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Ultimate Intro to Wine Part Three: Your Cellar and Maximum Wine Enjoyment

July 13, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine and Spirits, 218 Washington Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States

Twin Cities Wine Education presents a class designed to help you enjoy your wine to the fullest! ULTIMATE INTRO TO WINE PART THREE: Your wine cellar and maximum wine enjoyment Are you enjoying your wine to the fullest? Do you wonder what it takes to build a wine collection? What about stemware, decanters, and wine gadgets? How does temperature change wine enjoyment? What are the basics of food and wine pairing? What faults can happen with wine? All of these…

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Secrets of the Sommeliers

July 20, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine and Spirits, 218 Washington Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States

Twin Cities Wine Education LLC presents an exciting new class SECRETS OF THE SOMMELIERS 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 SOMM, chronicling…

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Chateau d’Armailhac Bordeaux Vertical

July 25, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine and Spirits, 218 Washington Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States

Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present a grand education on Bordeaux vintages, and the region of Pauillac in particular. CHATEAU D'ARMAILHAC BORDEAUX VERTICAL Featuring the vintages 2012, 2010, 2009, and 2005 It's a storied property, once part of what became the Mouton Rothschild estate. It’s history goes back centuries. As one of the first properties to plant Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, they were leaders and trailblazers in their region. And we’re going to learn all about that region…

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August 2016

The Ultimate Intro to Wine Part One (Winespeak)

August 2, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine and Spirits, 218 Washington Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States

Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present our most popular class offering THE ULTIMATE INTRO TO WINE, PART ONE ("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 many see the…

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The World of Rosé: California Perfection

August 3, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine and Spirits, 218 Washington Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States

Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present the top pink wine classes of 2016! THE WORLD OF ROSÉ: CALIFORNIA PERFECTION For the 2016 class season I am doing a series of Rosé classes separated into specific terroirs. We'll be covering France, Italy and Spain, Oregon and Washington, and California throughout the summer. For this class we venture to the west coast to taste the best dry pink wines of the sunshine state. California is producing the greatest variety of…

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Vinho Verde and Rias Baixas: Summertime wines from Portugal and Spain

August 9, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine and Spirits, 218 Washington Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States

Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present a perfect class for a summertime evening WINES OF VINHO VERDE AND RIAS BAIXAS: The summertime sippers of Portugal and Spain It's happening now. Serious Vinho Verdes are starting to arrive in Minnesota. We've had perfectly drinkable wines available from northern Portugal for quite some time, but a recent wave of more detailed and interesting wines have arrived in our state. In this new class we’ll examine the far northwestern corner of Spain…

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Bouchard Volnay Caillerets Vertical, and understanding Burgundy vintages

August 17, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine and Spirits, 218 Washington Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States

Twin Cities Wine Educaiton is proud to present a very special night of Burgundy BOUCHARD PERE & FILSVOLNAY CAILLERTS BURGUNDY VERTICAL Volnay is one of my favorite villages for Burgundy. Elegant, restrained, detailed, and truly beautiful. It's the type of wine that draws people into Burgundy because of the haunting nature of what is in the glass. We'll start off with overviews about Burgundy while tasting some good basic wines, understanding the region and the levels of production. Special emphasis…

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Shea Vineyard: Examination of a top Pinot Noir site

August 22, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine and Spirits, 218 Washington Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States

Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present a special tasting focusing on a special place: SHEA VINEYARD of Willamette Valley, one of the top Pinot Noir vineyards of the world. Shea Vineyard, located between the towns of Newberg and Yamhill, is prized for the robust and high quality Pinot Noir it delivers. The vineyard has on numerous occasions produced the highest rated Pinot Noirs of a given vintage. Interestingly, and much like Burgundy, there are numerous producers who have…

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September 2016

Pinot Camp MSP: The Three Families of Pinot

September 8, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine and Spirits, 218 Washington Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States

Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present Pinot Camp MSP! Part One: THE THREE FAMILIES OF PINOT: BLANC, GRIS, AND NOIR. The first of the Pinot Camp MSP classes will cover the cultural history and ampelography (genetic vine history) of the three families of Pinot: Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, and Pinot Noir. The history begins with Pinot Noir in the hills just east of Burgundy, where it's believed Pinot Noir first developed over a thousand years ago. We'll explore…

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The Ultimate Intro to Wine Part One (Winespeak)

September 12, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine and Spirits, 218 Washington Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States

Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present our most popular class offering THE ULTIMATE INTRO TO WINE, PART ONE ("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 many see the…

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Knudsen Vineyards: History, family, stories, and amazing wines

September 13, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine and Spirits, 218 Washington Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States

Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present a special night of wine, history, stories, and learning ... one of the top evenings of Willamette Valley wines for the 2016 class season! KNUDSEN VINEYARDS: HISTORY, FAMILY, STORIES, and AMAZING WINES FEATURING SPECIAL GUEST Page Knudsen Cowles, managing partner of Knudsen Vineyards There are few places in my wine world that mean more to me than a sacred piece of land in the hills of Willamette Valley. The full story can…

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Sonoma County: The Wine and Travel Masterclass

September 14, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine and Spirits, 218 Washington Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States

Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present the most comprehensive class on Sonoma geography, history, and wine enjoyment: SONOMA COUNTY WINE AND TRAVEL MASTERCLASS. I've often called it America's Tuscany. Quite possibly the most beautiful wine and food region we have in the United States. Home of stunning Cabernet, surreal Chardonnay, old vine Zinfandel, some of the best Pinot Noir in the world, and truly rich history and culture. It's the home of an array of stunning gastronomic delights:…

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Pinot Camp MSP: Cool Climate Pinot Noirs of California’s Coast

September 15, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine and Spirits, 218 Washington Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States

Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present Pinot Camp MSP! Part Two: THE COOL CLIMATE PINOT NOIRS OF THE CALIFORNIA COASTAL REGIONS. The second of the Pinot Camp MSP classes will cover the amazing wines being made within ten miles of the ocean, up and down the California coast. Do a Google image search on just the term "California" and you'll see sunsets, beaches, the beautiful people, the outdoor lifestyle, and no indication that anything exists in the state…

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Ridge Vineyards: History and New Releases (including Monte Bello!)

September 19, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine and Spirits, 218 Washington Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States

Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present a special night focusing on one of the greatest wineries in world today: Ridge Vineyards. There is no producer quite like Ridge Vineyards. With an uninterrupted history of single vineyard production and a core winemaking team going back over 50 years, plus a lineage of place that goes back over a century, it is truly one of the only examples of a California winery that can take us on a journey of…

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Pinot Camp MSP: The Terroir of Willamette Valley, Oregon

September 22, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine and Spirits, 218 Washington Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States

Event Description Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present Pinot Camp MSP! Part Three: THE TERROIR OF WILLAMETTE VALLEY PINOT NOIRS Concluding the Pinot Camp MSP series will be a special class dedicated to the geography and geology of one of the most complex Pinot Noir regions of the world: Willamette Valley, Oregon. We'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…

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The Port and Madeira Masterclass

September 27, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine and Spirits, 218 Washington Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States

Twin Cities Wine Education LLC presents a very special evening ... The Port and Madeira Masterclass     There is nothing quite like a great bottle of Port or Madeira. These gems from Portugal represent some of the most legendary, delicious, and collectable wines in the world. They also represent one of the most confusing categories of wine, for the numerous winemaking techniques involved along with the names of the wine can be mind boggling. This will be a comprehensive…

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October 2016

The Ultimate Intro to Wine Part One (Winespeak)

October 12, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine and Spirits, 218 Washington Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States

Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present our most popular class offering THE ULTIMATE INTRO TO WINE, PART ONE ("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 many see the…

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Ultimate Intro to Wine Part Two (Understanding European Wines)

October 18, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine and Spirits, 218 Washington Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States

Twin Cities Wine Education LLC presents THE ULTIMATE INTRO TO WINE PART TWO: UNDERSTANDING THE WINES OF EUROPE A comprehensive introduction 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 variety is often presented on the label, simplifying the understanding of what's…

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

October 26, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine and Spirits, 218 Washington Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States

UPDATE 14 OCTOBER 2016 --- MORE SEATS ARE NOW AVAILABLE! Twin Cities Wine Education presents a new class of 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…

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November 2016

Wines of the Southern Rhône Masterclass

November 1, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine and Spirits, 218 Washington Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States

Twin Cities Wine Education presents a special night of amazing wines Wines of the Southern Rhône Masterclass Featuring an incredible range of rarely opened wines   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 answers…

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Chateau Gloria Bordeaux: The 2008-2012 Vertical

November 3, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine and Spirits, 218 Washington Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States

Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present an amazing evening of Bordeaux wine and vintage education. Château Gloria is one of the premier wineries of Saint Julien, in the "left bank" or Cabernet Sauvignon dominant region of Bordeaux. Their wines are consistently stunning, and a favorite of critics around the world. In this special class, we will taste a five year vertical of Château Gloria, detailing the key qualities of all recent vintages. This will, no doubt, be one of…

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Wines of Chile and Argentina

November 10, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine and Spirits, 218 Washington Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States

Twin Cities Wine is proud to present a new wine class that will challenge and reshape your assumptions about South American wine. WINES OF CHILE AND ARGENTINA: A STUDY IN CONTRASTS In the world of wine, there are few places more diverse in terroir than Chile. However, the Chilean wine industry for decades has been built on "cheap and cheerful" wines that don't do enough to highlight regional diversity. Much of that is changing, and in the first part of…

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The Zinfandel Masterclass

November 14, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine and Spirits, 218 Washington Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States

Photo: 100+ year old zinfandel vines in the Dry Creek Valley of Sonoma. Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present a new class examining in detail “America’s Grape”: Zinfandel. From it’s humble beginnings as the chosen grape of Italian immigrants in Sonoma County, to the downfall of popularity and the amazing revival thanks to winemaking mistake, Zinfandel has far more history and diversity in style than many realize. This class will be part history, part geography, and part Sherlock-like…

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Wines for Thanksgiving: What and Why!

November 22, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine and Spirits, 218 Washington Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States

Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present a fun, fast, and entertaining evening two days before the big meal. WINES FOR THANKSGIVING: WHAT AND WHY! Only $20 per person (plus ticketing fees) Join us for a night of fast paced discussion on wines for the Thanksgiving holiday. We'll cover the basics of food and wine pairing, then go into detail about the best wines for the traditional meal and why they work so well. We'll also cover the ONE…

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The Barolo and Barbaresco Masterclass

November 29, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine and Spirits, 218 Washington Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States

Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present one of our most popular top level classes THE BAROLO AND BARBARESCO MASTERCLASS A comprehensive look at one of the top wine regions of the worldWith emphasis on the stunning vintages of 2010 and 2011  They are two of the best known but least understood wine regions in the world. The single varietal used to make the wines, Nebbiolo, is a mystery to many. How can such a delicate looking wine have…

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December 2016

Bubbly ABC (Anything But Champagne), featuring new British arrivals

December 22, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine and Spirits, 218 Washington Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States

Twin Cities Wine Education presents one of our most popular end of year celebratory evenings: Bubbly ABC -- Anything but Champagne Say "bubbly" and most people can hear the corks popping instantly.  Bubbly means celebration, good times, special occasions, and more often than not, Champagne.  But 'real' Champagne only comes from Champagne, France, and has become more and more expensive over the years. But as we've discovered there is a whole other world of sparkling wine to enjoy besides the 'real…

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The Champagne Masterclass 2016 Edition!

December 29, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine and Spirits, 218 Washington Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States

  THE CHAMPAGNE MASTERCLASS 2016 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 ONE GREAT EVENING 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 2016! *** We…

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February 2017

Great Wineries of the World: RIDGE VINEYARDS

February 21, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine and Spirits, 218 Washington Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States

Twin Cities Wine Education presents a special night in the Great Wineries of the World series: RIDGE VINEYARDS, focusing on the 2014 vintage releases. *** The Great Wineries of the World series is presented by Twin Cities Wine Education to highlight key producers that that have defined (or redefined) their little slice of the wine world. Wineries that have established their reputation for uncompromising quality, expressive products, and have taken a stand on the style they bring to their wines. These…

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March 2017

The Barolo and Barbaresco Masterclass 2017 Edition

March 8, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
North Loop Wine and Spirits, 218 Washington Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States

Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present one of our most popular top level classes THE BAROLO AND BARBARESCO MASTERCLASS 2017 EditionFeaturing new wines and new information to get you up to speed on these amazing products. 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. They are two of the best known…

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April 2017

From Punk Rock to Vino: A night with Chris Osgood

April 25, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine and Spirits, 218 Washington Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States

Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present a special evening with wine importer and music legend Chris Osgood of the Suicide Commandos! While Chris is best known as the lead guitarist for the Suicide Commandos (new album drops on May 5th!), the punk rock power trio of the Twin Cities in the 1970's and 80's, he is also highly regarded as an importer of incredible wines from southwestern France. In this unique class, we will hear the stories of…

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May 2017

The Wonderful World of American Rosé

May 9, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine and Spirits, 218 Washington Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States

Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present the top rosé wine classes of 2017! THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF AMERICAN ROSÉ For the 2017 class season I am doing a series of Rosé classes separated into specific terroirs, plus a "Rosé Masterclass" that will overview all the main rosé regions of the world. We'll be covering France, Italy and Spain, Oregon and Washington, and California throughout the summer. For this class we venture to the west coast to taste the…

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July 2017

The Wonderful World of French Rosé

July 26, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
North Loop Wine and Spirits, 218 Washington Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States

Twin Cities Wine Education is excited to bring you a comprehensive rosé education for 2017! THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF FRENCH ROSÉ For the 2017 class season I am doing a series of Rosé classes separated into specific sub-topics, sometimes based on country and sometimes based on style, plus an overview class called the Rosé Masterclass. In this edition, we focus on the country best known for top notch dry pink wines: France. Throughout France amazing rosé is produced, but the…

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August 2017

Willamette Valley Pinot Noir: A complete overview

August 10, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
North Loop Wine and Spirits, 218 Washington Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States

Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present a special night of incredible Oregon Pinot Noirs! Willamette Valley Pinot Noirs: A Complete Overview We'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…

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September 2017

The Barolo and Barbaresco Masterclass, 2017 Edition

September 18, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine and Spirits, 218 Washington Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States

Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present one of our most popular top level classes THE BAROLO AND BARBARESCO MASTERCLASS 2017 EditionFeaturing 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…

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October 2017

Riedel Pinot Noir XL and Pinot Noir Masterclass (including free stemware!)

October 30, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine and Spirits, 218 Washington Avenue North
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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November 2017

Cru Beaujolais: No Nouveau here!

November 16, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine and Spirits, 218 Washington Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States

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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December 2017

The Port Masterclass 2017

December 18, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine and Spirits, 218 Washington Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States

Twin Cities Wine Education LLC presents a very special evening ... The Port Masterclass 2017 A perfect way to spend a December evening! Featuring Rosé, Tawny, Ruby, Colheita, LBV, and Vintage Port from top producers! Fresh from extensive research and tastings on the current state of the world of Port, I present the Port Masterclass 2017! This will be the most comprehensive discussion around on the history of Port, the role of Quintas vs. Lodges, the amazing Douro River Valley,…

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

December 20, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine and Spirits, 218 Washington Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States

Twin Cities Wine Education presents a new class of 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 the…

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Bubbly ABC (Anything But Champagne), featuring new British arrivals

December 28, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine and Spirits, 218 Washington Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States

Twin Cities Wine Education presents one of our most popular end of year celebratory evenings: Bubbly ABC -- Anything but Champagne Say "bubbly" and most people can hear the corks popping instantly.  Bubbly means celebration, good times, special occasions, and more often than not, Champagne.  But 'real' Champagne only comes from Champagne, France, and has become more and more expensive over the years. But as we've discovered there is a whole other world of sparkling wine to enjoy besides the 'real…

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The Champagne Masterclass 2017 Edition!

December 29, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine and Spirits, 218 Washington Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States

  THE CHAMPAGNE MASTERCLASS 2017 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 ONE GREAT EVENING 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 2017! *** We…

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January 2018

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

January 16, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine and Spirits, 218 Washington Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States

Twin Cities Wine Education presents a new class of 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 the…

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February 2018

Wines of the Southern Rhône Masterclass

February 8, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine and Spirits, 218 Washington Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States

Twin Cities Wine Education presents a special night of amazing wines Wines of the Southern Rhône Masterclass Featuring 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…

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Riedel Pinot Noir XL and Pinot Noir Masterclass (including free stemware!)

February 12, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine and Spirits, 218 Washington Avenue North
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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April 2018

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

April 9, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine and Spirits, 218 Washington Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States

Twin Cities Wine Education presents a new class of 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 the…

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The Science of Wine and Flavor

April 10, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine and Spirits, 218 Washington Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States

Twin Cities Wine Education LLC presents The Science of Wine and Taste Time to geek out. Let’s talk acids, alcohols, tannin, yeast strains, photosynthesis, fermentations, and the science of food and wine pairing. In this new and highly interactive class, we will dive head first into the science of wine, starting with modern developments in vineyard management including canopy management, organic farming, dry farming, and more. We then step into the winemaking itself to detail cold soak macerations, temperature controlled…

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May 2018

Ultimate Intro to the wines of Europe

May 1, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine and Spirits, 218 Washington Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States

Twin Cities Wine Education LLC presents 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 variety is often presented on the label, simplifying the understanding of what’s in the bottle. And lastly, they are…

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September 2018

The Science of Wine and Flavor

September 13, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine and Spirits, 218 Washington Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States

Twin Cities Wine Education LLC presents 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 new and highly interactive class, we will dive head first into the science of wine, starting with modern developments in vineyard management including canopy management, organic farming, dry farming, and more. We then step into the winemaking itself to detail cold soak macerations, temperature controlled…

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Ultimate Intro to the Wines of Europe

September 19, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine and Spirits, 218 Washington Avenue North
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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November 2018

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

November 12, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine and Spirits, 218 Washington Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55401 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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Ultimate Intro to Wine: Understanding Europe

November 26, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine and Spirits, 218 Washington Avenue North
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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The Big Five B: Burgundy, Bordeaux, Barbaresco, Barolo, and Brunello

November 28, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine and Spirits, 218 Washington Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55401 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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December 2018

The Napa Valley Wine and Travel Masterclass

December 19, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine and Spirits, 218 Washington Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States

Twin Cities Wine Education presents a special night for lovers of Napa Valley, and especially those traveling to this majestic locale. The Napa Valley Wine and Travel Masterclass A must experience tasting event for wine lovers and travelers Napa Valley has become one of the most popular tourist destinations in California (in fact, some studies show it second only to Disneyland in popularity). Unfortunately for many travelers, they arrive in Napa Valley woefully underprepared and without a plan of action. They…

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The Champagne Masterclass 2018 Edition!

December 28, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine and Spirits, 218 Washington Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States

  THE CHAMPAGNE MASTERCLASS 2018 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 ONE GREAT EVENING 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 2018! *** We…

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February 2019

The Science of Wine and Flavor

February 27, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine and Spirits, 218 Washington Avenue North
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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March 2019

Riedel and Pinot Noir Masterclass (including free stemware!)

March 12, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine and Spirits, 218 Washington Avenue North
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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Intro to Wine: Understanding Europe

March 27, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine and Spirits, 218 Washington Avenue North
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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May 2019

The Wonderful World of American Rosé

May 15, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine and Spirits, 218 Washington Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States

Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present the top rosé wine classes of 2019! THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF AMERICAN ROSÉ For the 2019 class season, I am doing a series of Rosé classes separated into specific terroirs, plus a "Rosé Masterclass" that will overview all the main rosé regions of the world. We'll be covering France, Italy and Spain, Oregon and Washington, and California throughout the summer. For this class, we venture to the west coast to taste the…

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The Wonderful World of French Rosé

May 16, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine and Spirits, 218 Washington Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States

Twin Cities Wine Education is excited to bring you a comprehensive rosé education for 2019! THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF FRENCH ROSÉ For the 2019 class season I am doing a series of Rosé classes separated into specific sub-topics, sometimes based on country and sometimes based on style, plus an overview class called the Rosé Masterclass. In this edition, we focus on the country best known for top-notch dry pink wines: France. Throughout France, amazing rosé is produced, but the method…

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July 2019

Wines of the Loire Valley: from Muscadet to Sancerre and everything in between

July 16, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
North Loop Wine and Spirits, 218 Washington Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States

Twin Cities Wine Education presents a new class on a wonderful old wine region The Wines of the Loire Valley From Muscadet to Sancerre and everything in-between   Many of the top wine regions of the world are located on rivers, for rivers cut valleys and valleys produce hillsides, and hillsides present a range of soil types and exposures that tend to work well for grapes meant to be made into wine. The Loire River Valley is one of the…

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The Sauvignon Blanc Masterclass

July 31, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
North Loop Wine and Spirits, 218 Washington Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States

Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present the perfect wine class to enjoy summertime! THE SAUVIGNON BLANC MASTERCLASS Pouilly-Fume. Sancerre. New Zealand. Napa Valley. Oregon. Chile. South Africa. They are all making great Sauvignon Blancs but they are so different in style. In this new class, we'll examine the Sauvignon Blanc variety in depth, just in time for summer drinking. We’ll start off with the history of the variety (including the surprising offspring it produced) along with the typical…

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September 2019

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

September 5, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine and Spirits, 218 Washington Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55401 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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The Zinfandel Masterclass

September 9, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine and Spirits, 218 Washington Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States

Photo: 100+ year old Zinfandel vines in  Alexander Valley of Sonoma. Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present a new class examining in detail “America’s Grape”: Zinfandel. From its humble beginnings as the chosen grape of Italian immigrants in Sonoma County to the downfall of popularity and the amazing revival thanks to winemaking mistake, Zinfandel has far more history and diversity in style than many realize. This class will be part history, part geography, and part Sherlock-like detective novel…

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Wine Rivers of the World: Columbia, Willamette, and Russian

September 10, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine and Spirits, 218 Washington Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States

Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present a new series of classes focusing on the great wine rivers of the world. Wine Rivers of the World: The Columbia, Willamette, and Russian Rivers When you think about it, many of the greatest wine regions of the world are connected to river systems. The Douro, Loire, Rhône, Mosel, Willamette, Columbia, Russian, Murray, and many more. Why is this? That's the core question we'll explore in this new series of classes taught…

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Wine Rivers of the World: The Loire and the Rhine

September 12, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine and Spirits, 218 Washington Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States

Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present a new series of classes focusing on the great wine rivers of the world. Wine Rivers of the World: The Loire and the Rhine When you think about it, many of the greatest wine regions of the world are connected to river systems. The Douro, Loire, Rhône, Mosel, Willamette, Columbia, Russian, Murray, and many more. Why is this? That's the core question we'll explore in this new series of classes taught by…

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Wine Rivers of the World: The Ebro and the Douro

September 19, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine and Spirits, 218 Washington Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States

Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present a new series of classes focusing on the great wine rivers of the world. Wine Rivers of the World: The Ebro and the Douro When you think about it, many of the greatest wine regions of the world are connected to river systems. The Douro, Loire, Rhône, Mosel, Willamette, Columbia, Russian, Murray, and many more. Why is this? That's the core question we'll explore in this new series of classes taught by…

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October 2019

The Science of Wine and Flavor

October 14, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine and Spirits, 218 Washington Avenue North
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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The World of Orange Wine

October 15, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine and Spirits, 218 Washington Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States

An exploration into the world of Orange Wine, the traditional winemaking method of many countries, which has seen a modern resurgence. Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present a special evening exploring an old winemaking method that has entered our modern era.THE WORLD OF ORANGE WINEInstructor: Jason Kallsen, certifed sommelier and founder of Twin Cities Wine Education."Orange Wine" is probably the oldest type of wine in the world, but only recently has had a modern resurgence as sommeliers and…

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November 2019

Ultimate Intro to Wine: Understanding Europe

November 18, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine and Spirits, 218 Washington Avenue North
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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Cru Beaujolais: No Nouveau here!

November 21, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine and Spirits, 218 Washington Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States

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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December 2019

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

December 12, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine and Spirits, 218 Washington Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States

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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Dessert Wines of the World, a comprehensive overview

December 17, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine and Spirits, 218 Washington Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States

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 Champagne Masterclass 2019 Edition!

December 26, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine and Spirits, 218 Washington Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States

 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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The Champagne Masterclass 2019 Edition!

December 28, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
North Loop Wine and Spirits, 218 Washington Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States

 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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January 2020

Ultimate Intro to Wine: Understanding Europe

January 7 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine and Spirits, 218 Washington Avenue North
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 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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Wines of the Southern Rhône Masterclass

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

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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