Time to get chilly with REALLY COLD CLIMATE WINES
Focusing on grapes developed by the University of Minnesota
The University of Minnesota is a renowned institution for developments in agriculture. In the 1950s they lead the charge to ‘feed the world’ with development in corn and soybeans. In the 1970s they became the leader in developing new apple varieties including the Honeycrisp, arguably the most delicious and successful apple in the world.
And starting in the 1990s they took their knowledge and momentum and put it toward developing new fine wine grape varieties that can survive the arctic winters above the 45th parallel.
In this new class, we’ll dive into these new grape varieties while tasting a wide range of wines. Frontenac (the red, gris, and blanc versions), Marquette, Itasca, and La Crescent will all be detailed, along with new developments in farming techniques. We’ll also diverge a bit from the U of MN varieties and talk about the amazing Petite Pearl grape, developed by Tom Plocher.
For anyone interested in the modern developments of the wine world, this is the class for you!
As always, no specific wines are needed to have to enjoy the class. We teach on the model of “learn today to shop smarter tomorrow.” Enjoy a glass or two of anything you wish while learning. (Even a beer if you wish … don’t worry, we won’t tell anyone.)
The Wine Workshops are designed to be a fast infusion of wine knowledge, taught by one of the most experienced wine educators in the country, certified sommelier Jason Kallsen along with his wife Angela. When properly and clearly explained, wine does not need to be intimidating.
We hope you can join us for REALLY Cold Climate Wines!