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Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States

January 2017

Ultimate Intro to Wine (Winespeak)

January 3, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine & Spirits, 218 North Washington Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States

Twin Cities Wine Education 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 many see the world of…

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Ultimate Intro to Wine (Winespeak)

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

Twin Cities Wine Education 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 many see the world of…

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The Wines of Italy, from Piemonte to Sicily

January 10, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine & Spirits, 218 North Washington Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States

Twin Cities Wine Education presents the top overview program of a favorite and cherished (and confusing) wine country for many: The Wines of Italy, from Piemonte to Sicily! Ah, Italy! Rolling countrysides, dramatic snow capped mountains, lava-spitting volcanoes, olive oil, pasta, pizza, beautiful cars driven by beautiful people wearing beautiful clothes. There truly is no country like Italy. And the wines! The incredible wines produced in every corner, from the border with Croatia in the northeast to the hills of…

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The Wines of the Southern Hemisphere

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

Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present THE WINES OF THE SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE an overview of Australia, New Zealand, Chile, Argentina, and South African wines Ask almost any sommelier in the country what they are most excited about lately and the answer may surprise you. The wines of the southern hemisphere have recently taken an incredible quality turn upward as new viticulture techniques are taking hold (better vineyards = better wine). Never before have we seen this type of…

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Wines of Alto Adige and the Veneto (including Amarone!)

January 17, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine & Spirits, 218 North Washington Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States

They are hands down two of my favorite wine regions on the planet. Alto Adige is accurately described as "Yosemite valley with grapevines and better food!" by a good wine friend. The Veneto is simply one of the greatest spots for wine in the world. And in this class, we'll taste and learn about both! In this new class, we'll dive deep into the history, culture, foods, and of course wines of Alto Adige and the Veneto while tasting selections…

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Napa Valley Off The Beaten Path

January 24, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine & Spirits, 218 North Washington Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States

Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present a new class to open your eyes (and your palate): NAPA VALLEY OFF THE BEATEN PATH For many visitors to Napa Valley, the journey rarely goes beyond Highway 29, rarely goes beyond Cabernet and Chardonnay, and rarely goes beyond the restaurants full of fellow tourists. This class is for everybody who wants to reach the corners of Napa Valley, where small wineries, odd varieties, and off the radar experiences await! We'll start…

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Chianti Masterclass featuring special guest Roberto Stucchi

January 26, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine & Spirits, 218 North Washington Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States

Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present a special night with a special guest: THE CHIANTI MASTERCLASS WITH SPECIAL GUEST ROBERTO STUCCHI of Badia a Coltibouno Rarely does an opportunity come up where we can learn from one of the living legends of a region. Roberto Stucchi Prinetti, winemaker and part of the family ownership team of the legendary Badia a Coltibuono, will help us understand this region, the grapes, the history, the laws, and the styles. I have…

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February 2017

Ultimate Intro to Wine (Winespeak)

February 1, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine & Spirits, 218 North Washington Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States

Twin Cities Wine Education 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 many see the world of…

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Ultimate Intro to Saké with Minnesota’s number one expert, Chris Griese

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

Twin Cities Wine Education to proud to present a new and mind-expanding evening. ULTIMATE INTRO TO SAKÉ with Chris Griese, the number one Saké guru in Minnesota. The great fermented beverage of Japan is one of the most intriguing beverages of the world, and one of the most confusing for Americans to understand. My good friend Chris Griese was the first in the state to take on serious saké on the wholesale level, when we worked together at World Class…

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The Amazing Wines of Portugal

February 11, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
North Loop Wine & Spirits, 218 North Washington Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States

Twin Cities Wine Education LLC presents The Amazing Wines of Portugal Crisp whites, deep dry reds, dessert deliciousness, and everything in-between If there is one wine country to keep an eye on right now, it's Portugal. While much of Spanish winemaking has hyper-modernized (international varietals, lots of new oak used, deeper and more extracted wines that don't seem to have a sense of place), Portugal has done an exceptional job of straddling the old world and the new world. Many of these…

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Great Wineries of the World: LA RIOJA ALTA

February 22, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine & Spirits, 218 North Washington Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States

Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present another edition in the Great Wineries of the World series: LA RIOJA ALTA of Rioja, Spain! *** 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

Understanding Bordeaux with special guests Megan and Julien Martel

March 1, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North Loop Wine & Spirits, 218 North Washington Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States

Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present a special evening of wine and learning with incredible special guests. UNDERSTANDING BORDEAUX, with special guests Megan and Julien Martel In January 2011 Richfield native Megan Martel, along with her French husband Julien, purchased a run down estate, a former preist's quarters built in 1812 just outside Bordeaux France. It was a labor of love and after years of sweat equity they opened the Rouge Bordeaux B&B and Conference Center, welcoming groups…

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Ultimate Intro to Wine: The Wines of Europe

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

Napa Valley Off The Beaten Path

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

Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present a new class to open your eyes (and your palate): NAPA VALLEY OFF THE BEATEN PATH For many visitors to Napa Valley, the journey rarely goes beyond Highway 29, rarely goes beyond Cabernet and Chardonnay, and rarely goes beyond the restaurants full of fellow tourists. This class is for everybody who wants to reach the corners of Napa Valley, where small wineries, odd varieties, and off the radar experiences await! We'll start…

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March 2019

Ultimate Intro to Wine: Winespeak

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

Our most popular class and the best wine fundamentals class available! ULTIMATE INTRO TO WINE: "WINESPEAK"Presented by Certified Sommelier Jason Kallsen 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: Winespeak

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

Our most popular class and the best wine fundamentals class available! ULTIMATE INTRO TO WINE: "WINESPEAK"Presented by Certified Sommelier Jason Kallsen 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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April 2019

British Bubbles with Brandon Barnham of Ridgeview Winery

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

Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present a great night, learning about one of the hottest categories in the world of wine: English sparkling wine! British Bubbles with Brandon Barnham, of Ridgeview Winery of England The rise of British Sparkling wines has been amazing to watch. What was once a curiosity, an anomaly, has turned into a category grabbing the attention of sommeliers and wine writers the world over. Recent articles in the New York Times has grabbed the…

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The Amazing Wines of Portugal: A Full Overview

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

Twin Cities Wine Education LLC presents The Amazing Wines of Portugal Crisp whites, deep dry reds, dessert deliciousness, and everything in-between! If there is one wine country to keep an eye on right now, it's Portugal. While much of Spanish winemaking has hyper-modernized (international varietals, lots of new oak used, deeper and more extracted wines that don't seem to have a sense of place), Portugal has done an exceptional job of straddling the old world and the new world. Many of these…

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May 2019

Wine Geek Week: The Renaissance of Sonoma Valley with Dan O’Brien

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

Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present a night of rarities, gems, and outstanding discussion with one of the new stars of the Sonoma wine business. The Renaissance of Sonoma Valley, with Dan O'Brien of Gail Wines This will be a special night indeed. Dan O'Brien is part of the young new guard of the Sonoma wine scene, producing an uber-limited and much sought after wine called Gail Wines. In this special night, Dan will not only present his…

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Wine Geek Week: Sonoma – SONOMA TRAVEL MASTERCLASS

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

Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present a complete overview of Sonoma County, with the wine traveler in mind. Wine Geek Week: SonomaThe Sonoma Wine Travel Masterclass (with new info and fresh updates for 2019) Join sommelier Jason Kallsen as he takes you on a journey through 'America's Tuscany,' otherwise known as Sonoma County. This class is comprehensive, detailing every American Viticultural Area in the county while also giving you hints and tips for great travel. You'll learn the…

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Secrets of the Somm: Deductive wine tasting and overview of Sommelier programs

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

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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The Rosé Masterclass 2019

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

Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present the number one Rosé wine class available THE ROSÉ MASTERCLASS 2019 EDITION NOTE THE MAY 14th CLASS IS SOLD OUT. Another session added for June 11th! https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-rose-masterclass-2019-tickets-60975389030 It’s a category of wines that many of us have grown to love dearly. Dry pink wines, typical of what’s consumed in southern France, are refreshing, bright, clean, and wonderful. More importantly, they are reflective of their place and of the grapes that were used to…

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Burgundy Masterclass: The wines of the Côte de Beaune

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

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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Ultimate Intro to Wine: Winespeak

May 23 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
North Loop Wine & Spirits, 218 North Washington Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States

Our most popular class and the best wine fundamentals class out there! ULTIMATE INTRO TO WINE: "WINESPEAK"Presented by Certified Sommelier Jason Kallsen 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 Rhône Valley Masterclass: From Côte Rôtie to Châteauneuf-du-Pape

May 28 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
North Loop Wine & Spirits, 218 North Washington Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States

Twin Cities Wine Education proudly presents the most comprehensive class available on a favorite subject. The Rhône Valley MasterclassIncluding the gems of Côte Rôtie, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, and everything in-between!The most comprehensive Rhône Valley wine class available! It's one of my favorite wine regions. Sure, I get swayed by Barolo, Burgundy, and Willamette Valley. There are a ton of wines from California I love. But in the end, I continuously return to the Rhône Valley for many reasons. One reason is that it…

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June 2019

The Bordeaux Masterclass

June 3 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
North Loop Wine & Spirits, 218 North Washington Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States

Twin Cities Wine Education presents The Bordeaux Masterclass A comprehensive overview of one the world's top wine regions Ah, Bordeaux. There is no other place like it. It's an area dripping with history (including our own Thomas Jefferson traversing its land), historic estates (some of the most beautiful wineries in the world), legendary producers (Lafite Rothchild, Chateau Margaux, Haut-Brion, and dozens more), and of course some of the best wines of the world. In the Bordeaux Masterclass, we will do…

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The White Wines of France

June 5 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
North Loop Wine & Spirits, 218 North Washington Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States

Twin Cities Wine Education presents a comprehensive class to help your summertime wine enjoyment! The White Wines of France: A complete overview Join us for a journey around France as we explore the key regions and grapes for white wine production. In this eye-opening class, you'll taste an AMAZING variety of wines from great producers as we journey through the country. In this class we'll cover: The great Blanc de Blancs of Champagne and what makes them so good. The…

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The Wines of Tuscany: a complete overview

June 6 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
North Loop Wine & Spirits, 218 North Washington Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States

Twin Cities Wine Education presents a full overview of the wines of Tuscany! Including Chianti, Chianti Classico, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, Super Tuscans, and Brunello di Montalcino! Tuscany is one of those regions that the mere mention of will cause sighs to be heard … we all love Tuscany, even if we have never been there. Reading books about Tuscany or seeing movies only help to reinforce our love of the region, but drinking the wines of Tuscany solidifies the…

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The Rosé Masterclass 2019

June 11 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
North Loop Wine & Spirits, 218 North Washington Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States

Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present the number one Rosé wine class available THE ROSÉ MASTERCLASS 2019 EDITION It’s a category of wines that many of us have grown to love dearly. Dry pink wines, typical of what’s consumed in southern France, are refreshing, bright, clean, and wonderful. More importantly, they are reflective of their place and of the grapes that were used to make them. In this best of its kind event, we’ll taste a huge range…

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The Wines of Marietta Cellars

June 18 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
North Loop Wine & Spirits, 218 North Washington Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States

Twin Cities Wine Education presents a special night with a favorite winery of Sonoma County The Wines of Marietta Cellars In the mid-1990s, when I started my wine career as a consultant for Surdyk's Liquors, a particular wine caught my attention and that of many others. Marietta Old Vine Red was a consistent best buy, with big layers of big flavor for not very much money. It was also a blended red wine decades before "Red Blends" was a category…

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July 2019

The Oldest Wine World: Exploring the Wines of Georgia

July 8 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
North Loop Wine & Spirits, 218 North Washington Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States

Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present a new class on a very old region! The Wines of Georgia: An exploration into the old old old world of winemaking It's the birthplace of wine. It's where evidence of 8000 years of winemaking has been found. It's an area steeped in tradition and history. And we are just now, in America, truly discovering their wines. Join us for a special night of learning about and tasting these incredible wines, newly…

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Ultimate Intro to Wine: Winespeak

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

Our most popular class and the best wine fundamentals class out there! ULTIMATE INTRO TO WINE: "WINESPEAK"Presented by Certified Sommelier Jason Kallsen 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 Incredible Wines of Austria

July 15 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
North Loop Wine & Spirits, 218 North Washington Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States

Twin Cities Wine Education is pleased to present a comprehensive overview of a little known wine region. The Incredible Wines of Austria Presented by Jason Kallsen with special guest Bill Summerville Wachau, Kremstal, Kamptal.  Prädikatswein, Strohwein, Tafelwein.  Steinfeder, Federspiel, Smaragd. Regions, levels, styles, designations, and we haven't even touched upon the grape varieties (Gruner Veltliner, Zweigelt, St. Laurent, Welshriesling, and more). There is so much to learn about this ancient land of wine, and this class is the single best way to do…

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The Wines of Spain: A complete overview

July 22 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
North Loop Wine & Spirits, 218 North Washington Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States

Twin Cities Wine Education presents the top overview program of one of the most dynamic and exciting countries in the world of wine: Spain. There is no country that has taken the wine world by storm faster than Spain. Even as recently as the 1980's and 1990's, many wines from Spain were unpredictable, backward, variable, and just not worth the hunt. Then the wine revolution happened, bringing in modern winemaking techniques, massive investments, and the attention of the world's wine…

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Burgundy: Village, Premier, and Grand Cru comparisons

July 29 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
North Loop Wine & Spirits, 218 North Washington Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States

Twin Cities Wine presents an evening of legendary wines to learn about Burgundy Burgundy Masterclass: Village, Premier Cru, and Grand Cru comparisons Flight One: White Burgundy, featuring a village level, a Premier Cru, and a Grand Cru side by side.Flight Two: Red Burgundy, featuring a village level, a Premier Cru, and a Grand Cru side by side. The best way to learn about the impact of terroir in the legendary area of Burgundy! Of all the wine regions of the…

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September 2019

Wine Geek Week Australia: The d’Arenberg Deep Dive

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

Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present a class focused on one of the iconic producers of modern Australian wines, operated by one of the true characters of the business.WINE GEEK WEEK AUSTRALIA: THE D'ARENBERG DEEP DIVEThe wines, the mind, the styles of the legendary Chester Osborne Goal of the class: To demystify the wines of South Australia (and the McLaren Vale in particular), to introduce you to the wines of d'Arernberg if you are not familiar, to show the…

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October 2019

Ultimate Intro to Wine: Winespeak

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

Our most popular class and the best wine fundamentals class out there! ULTIMATE INTRO TO WINE: "WINESPEAK"Presented by Certified Sommelier Jason Kallsen 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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