Somm Kit: BUMP OUT CANCER! Shirley’s 3pk to support the American Cancer Society

AVAILABLE MAY 15 – JUNE 12, 2021

100% of the proceeds paid to The Wine Workshop will be donated to the American Cancer Society.

Step one: purchase the educational materials via this page. “Name your price” = the money that will be donated to the American Cancer Society. Suggested: $20 to $50, but totally up to you. ANY donations are appreciated and will pass through at 100%.

Step two: your purchase will unlock the educational materials we built about these wines. Look for the link in your invoice or your Wine Workshop account.

Step three: we will forward your order to North Loop Wine and Spirits, which will contact you for payment on the Somm Kit ($122 value for only $69). You can pick up the wines or have them delivered or shipped for a small fee.

If you wish to donate without purchasing the wines, simply “set your price” and note in checkout to not forward the order for the wines.

Supporting “Bump out cancer” unlocks the special offer on the wines: a $122 value, only $69.00 plus tax when you pick up the wines at North Loop Wine and Spirits (or have them delivered or shipped for a small charge). More details below.


100% for the American Cancer Society.

100% in the memory of my mom Shirley.


On May 15th 2020 my wonderful mother Shirley was diagnosed with AML (Acute Myeloid Leukemia). She decided to not go through with treatment, knowing how difficult it would be since the disease also took my father in 2017. Mom passed away on June 12th 2020, after giving us the gift for four weeks of in-home hospice at our little house in St. Paul.

Those four weeks were the most emotional, difficult, energy-charged, transformative, and meaningful weeks of my life. Waking in the morning to make tea for mom, and until she lost her appetite, some English muffin toast. Watching the old family slideshows while recording her talking about the pictures. Sharing memories and laughter while looking at all the cards that arrived. Then on the final week she went downhill, and we took care to have her comfort come first. Even the day before she passed, she was communicative and letting us know that she was okay.

In memory of mom, we will do an annual fundraiser for the American Cancer Society from May 15th to June 12th.¬†Mom always enjoyed having a glass of wine (or two, sometimes three) on her deck overlooking the woods of Bloomington. She called it “Having a bump.” This was even referenced in my dad’s self-written obituary. If we called in the afternoon and asked mom what she was doing, quite often the answer was “having a bump.”

So to bump out cancer, the “Shirley Pack” consists of three great wines from Miner Family Winery in Napa Valley, which generously discounted the wines to encourage sales. We are also dedicating the Somm Kit to the memory of Emily Miner, who we lost in 2011 after her battle with cancer.

The cost of our work on the Somm Kit, of which 100% will be donated to charity, is up to you. We suggest anywhere between $20-50. Our goal is to raise $1000 for the cause.

Upon receiving your donation, we’ll forward your order to North Loop Wine and Spirits for purchase of the wine, and you will also receive the link for learning all about the wines and our tasting video.

Wines included in the 3pk Somm Kit:

  • Miner Family Winery Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley, 2018 ($22 at the winery)
  • Miner Family Winery Viognier, Paso Robles, 2018 ($25 at the winery)
  • Miner Family Winery Pinot Noir, Sierra Mar Vineyard, Santa Lucia Highlands, 2016 ($75 at the winery)

$122 worth of great wines for only $69.00 plus tax, through North Loop Wine and Spirits wine shop in Minneapolis, Minnesota. If you live outside of Minnesota, shipping is often available.

Questions? Email Jason Kallsen at