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Jason Kallsen presents Wines of California: A Complete Overview

Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present a comprehensive new class on of our favorite wine topics.

The Wines of California: A Complete Overview

It's a huge state, and the main source for wine in North America. It's diverse, it's complicated, and for many it's simply presented as a sea of wine. But the fun of California wine lies in the details, and that's what this class is all about.

In this fast paced two hour class we'll cover a full range of topics that will leave you more confident about buying the wines of California, and will introduce you to new regions and varieties that are currently off your radar.

We'll start with the history of California wine, learning about the Mission grape and the plantings of the first vines by the missionaries coming north from Mexico (and where, surprisingly, the Mission grape is still grown). We'll learn about the immigrant waves and the establishment of wine regions throughout California (and which don't exist any more today). Staying on the history of the state, we'll dive into the impact of Prohibition and the creative methods some wineries used to stay in business, and how long it took to recover. Entering the 1960's to the 1990's we'll talk about the wine boom and the rise of wine tourism. We'll finish off the history section by talking about winemaking styles and the impact of the "New California" wine movement.

Then in the second half we'll learn about seven key wine regions in California, what they represent, and how to shop for wines from those areas. Interspersed in this discussion will be an education on terroir, the "thumbprint" of a place that determines what grapes grow best and why. We'll also discuss global warming and how it's impacting many regions in Calfiornia.

Regions that will be covered:

  • Napa Valley
  • Sonoma County
  • Santa Cruz Mountains
  • Mendocino County
  • Monterey County
  • San Luis Obispo
  • Santa Barbara

We'll taste six great selections while learning a ton of stuff about the amazing world of California wine. Hope you can make it!

Earlier Event: May 10
An Evening of Whiskies $20.00
Later Event: May 24
Meeting Event Room Private Party