Somm Survival Kit: Hidden Gems, White Wines, August 2020



WINE TASTES BETTER WHEN YOU KNOW MORE ABOUT IT. That’s what the Somm Survival Kits are all about.

This kit: six awesome white wines, all dry, with wonderfully distinctive personalities and ready for end-of-summer drinking. Think acidity, freshness, and perfect balance and body. We love EVERY SINGLE ONE of these wines dearly.

Each wine is from family-owned wineries. Each wine is from sustainably and organically farmed vineyards. And each wine has its own thing going on, which we cover in detail in the video.

The value of the Somm Kit: INSTANT access to tasting notes, cellar tags, food pairing ideas, articles, links, and a video of sommelier Jason Kallsen tasting through these six wines. Buying the wines through the Somm Kit is cheaper than going to the store and finding them yourself.

A $104 value. Only $12 to buy in (this pays for The Wine Workshop’s work on the project, and is made up through discounts on the wines selected — see here for more explanation), then $87.95 plus tax when you pick up the wines at North Loop Wine and Spirits (or have them delivered or shipped for a small charge).


The Sommelier Survival Kit! Independent sommelier-picked gems of the wine world to keep you stocked up with exciting juice. 

This particular pick:

  • Six fantastic white wines specifically geared toward end-of-summer drinking and enjoying.
  • INSTANT access to detailed tasting notes, maps, cellar tags, and a video of Jason and Angela tasting through and explaining all the cider.
  • Features six selections including:
    • Our favorite Garganega-based blend from just outside Verona, Italy.
    • A perfect intro to Sylvaner from Alsace.
    • The ultimate wine to go with fresh shellfish.
    • A perfect Verdiccho from the Adriatic coast of Italy.
    • An amazing California white blend based on the rarely planted Palamino grape.
    • A wonderful, and we mean WONDERFUL, Chardonnay from a cool climate region not known for this grape.

The end of Summer! Time to pop some character-filled whites and enjoy them to the fullest on the deck. Or, honestly, save a few of them for the fall … we provide suggestions in the video. The main thing here is these are wines you may have walked right by at the store, simply not knowing what they are. That’s why we are here to help!

$104 worth of white wine gems for only $87.95 plus tax, exclusively through North Loop Wine and Spirits wine shop in Minneapolis, Minnesota. If you live outside of Minnesota, shipping is often available. If you live in Minnesota and wish to pick up at a different shop, options are often available. Email us with your request, we can usually make it happen.

Questions? Email Jason Kallsen at