Jason Kallsen is a certified sommelier with the Court of Master Sommeliers, and a certified specialist of wine (CSW) with the Society of Wine Educators. He’s taught over 40,000 students about wine since the mid-1990s and believes that wine should be fun, first and foremost.
Chuck Kanski is the founder and owner of Solo Vino Wine Shop, the first wine-focused small independent wine shop to open in the Twin Cities, in 2001. His energy and infectious personality has helped develop the local wine scene over the last 20 years.
Jason and Chuck first met in 1996, when both worked for The Vintage, one of the first serious wine bars in the cities, located on Selby Avenue in a historic 1885 mansion. Since that time Jason and Chuck estimate they’ve consumed about 43,213 bottles together. Give or take about ten thousand.