FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What exactly is The Wine Workshop?
The Wine Workshop is an online wine education system founded by us, sommelier Jason Kallsen and graphic designer Angela Kallsen, in March of 2020.
Two decades of in-person public and private wine education classes with our other business, Twin Cities Wine Education, came to a screeching halt with the arrival of the Covid pandemic. With the financial rug completely pulled out from under us, we created, designed, built, and flipped the switch on for The Wine Workshop in under 72 hours. It was immediately successful and even with the waning of the pandemic our new international audience has found a new way to learn about wine through us.
The Wine Worskhop gives you the best modern method to learn about an ancient subject, with flexibility and fun!
How is this done?
All Wine Workshops recorded live and are taught by us, Jason and Angela Kallsen. Every webinar is recorded and built into a Workshop Page that is then sent to all registrants (and found in your account page on the website as well). The Workshop Page is far more than just a replay of the webinar, for it contains all the handouts plus tons of links for furthern learning. It becomes a one-stop-shop for a deep dive on that particular topic in wine.
About half of the registrants watch our webinars live, and about half ‘bank’ them for future viewing at their own leisure. We have one couple in Brooklyn, New York, that save up their Wine Workshops for a regular Sunday evening date night. We have an evening nurse in San Diego that saves them for her days off. The Workshop Pages are yours, forever.
These info-packed webinars are private, observational, and entertaining. A one hour live webinar with certified sommelier Jason Kallsen and artist Angela Kallsen, plus occasionally special guests.
Throw a pizza in the oven, pop a bottle, put on the comfy clothes, and take a wine class!
Our private webinars present a particular topic over the course of an hour, with live chat and opportunity for lots of Q and A. Webinar materials are made for each session, so you have cool handouts, maps, and more.
We guarantee you’ll learn a ton and leave more confident about that aspect of the wine world. The software and platform we use (Zoom) allows a high quality experience that you can enjoy on your phone, tablet, or computer.
How are Wine Workshops different from a live wine class?
There are some key differences.
We love teaching wine classes and have done so for over 20 years to over 40,000 students. But for a wine class, you have to plan ahead, drive to the class, attend, then head home (with wine in your system). And for the most part, it’s a passive experience. You sit, listen, taste, and learn.
Workshop students can be anywhere in the country, or even in the world. You can learn from the Wine Workshop format via your laptop, tablet, or phone. It’s flexible and up to you.
A cool thing we have seen: groups of friends that each register for, and experience, a Wine Workshop with a glass in hand, then after the webinar they go onto Facetime or Zoom to see each other and continue their social drinking online!
Are wines to drink included in the workshop price?
No, and that’s by design. Our Wine Workshops are meant to be enjoyed by anyone, anywhere, anytime without the need to buy specific wines. We like our mantra “learn today to shop smarter tomorrow.”
Some people may not want to purchase specific wines. Some may want to use different wines that fall into that particular style or category. Others may already own wines that will work well. You can even experience a Wine Workshop without popping a bottle, instead simply usuing your new knowledge for future enjoyment. Pop a beer if you wish (we won’t tell anyone).
We want a Wine Workshop to be a way to actively patronize your local fine wine retailer with the new knowledge you gain.
Can a couple or a household experience a Wine Workshop together?
Yes! Wine is meant to be shared, and this format is ideal for a couple or a household to learn more about wine. Only one registration is required per household.
It works best if the group is super small (such as a couple at home) and gathers together for the tastings, discussions, and webinars. If you have a friend or family joining from another location, it requires another registration to be purchased.
Is there a guarantee?
Yes! We absolutely guarantee you’ll get more out of a Wine Workshop than you expect. If you’re not satisfied we will refund 100% of your purchase price. See our guarantee and refund policy for important details.