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DEFINITIONS OF OUR WINE CLASS CATEGORIES
Our Masterclasses are the deepest dives we do into a region or grape variety. These classes have the most handouts, the richest comprehensive information, and are designed for people really into wine. We always serve some good but basic wines of the topic, followed by mid-level and top-level wines (the kind people rarely get to experience). By doing this, we are showing you the range of styles available. All Masterclasses are two hours long and six wines minimum are served.
The Wine Fundamentals classes bring great foundational information for all levels of the wine curious. Each class is comprehensive in building solid wine knowledge in an intimidation-free and entertaining program. These are the best ‘basics of wine’ classes available in our opinion, and the ones we teach the most. Secrets of the Somm, Winespeak, Science of Wine Flavor, Intro to European Wines, and many more are in this category.
The Wine Academy with Chris Griese occurs at Cotroneo’s in White Bear Lake and gives you an intimate night with one of the most experienced wine people in our state. Chris has decades of experience on all levels of the wine world, and in these 90-minute classes, you’ll feel his infectious excitement when it comes to the world of wine. Four or five wines presented, along with lots of neat handouts and clear information.
Vino + Vinyl is a new concept for 2019, bringing together great wine within a topic paired with a legendary album played on 180 gram vinyl through a high quality audio system. These are ‘listening experiences’ that are unlike anything else. Each class includes a comprehensive discussion not only on the wine but the album as well.
Special guests! We love inviting the best winemakers, speakers, and presenters in the world of wine into our classes. This gives you a rare opportunity for an intimate tasting and extensive learning with some amazing wine personalities. These are not wine dinners where you’re stuck in a seat being given a sales pitch! These are all intimate and educational events second to none.
Wine After Work classes start at 5:30 pm during the week and last for approximately one hour. It’s a great way to unwind after a day, meet new friends, and gather with co-workers. Wine After Work classes are led by certified sommelier Shar Peterson and occur at select restaurants in the Twin Cities area. An affordable fun event, tasting three wines and learning a ton.
Wine Rarities are classes where we pop gems that are pretty much impossible to purchase, often accumulated over the years in our company cellars. We detail the topics, print out great maps and articles, and take our time with the wines to learn more about the producers, regions, and aging of the wines. These are one-off classes usually capped at twelve participants.
And we do many other neat events over the year, including Bubbles and Fries in February, Wine Geek Week twice a year featuring a deep dive into a region with lots of special guests, Perfect Pairing classes at local restaurants (one great dish at an amazing restaurant paired with three wines and fun education), and a big week of Rosé in May!
I hope this helps outline all that is coming up! If you have any questions don’t hesitate to reach out.