Somm Kit: Unexpected Portugal (no Vinho Verde, no Port!)



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

This kit: six incredible dry and serious wines from Portugal (two whites, four reds), with no Vinho Verde or Port included (that would be too easy!). 

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 $99 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 $80.94 plus tax when you pick up the wines at North Loop Wine and Spirits (or have them delivered or shipped for a small charge). Ordering through other local shops is available, just ask.


The Sommelier Survival Kit! Independent sommelier-picked gems of the wine world to keep you stocked up with exciting juice, plus an educational video on theses specific wines, links for learning more, and cellar tags for all the bottles.

This particular pick:

  • Six incredible dry Portuguese wines (two white, four red), with no Vinho Verde or Port (too predictable!).
  • INSTANT access to detailed tasting notes, maps, cellar tags, and a video of Jason and Angela tasting through and explaining all the wines.
  • Features six selections including:
    • Two dry and crisp Portuguese whites including an over the top Encruzado (one of Jason’s favorite grapes and you’ll hear why in the video).
    • Two bargain dry Portuguese reds including a wine we deem the best buy in affordable red wine in the world today. We are serious!
    • Two slightly higher-end Portuguese reds that show the power and panache this country is capable of. One from the Dão, on from the Douro.

Portuguese dry wines! Some of the best bargains in the wine world today.

Hands down, Portugal is our favorite country in Europe for food and wine travel (and yes, it will happen again!). Amazing people, a humble culture, and over the top delicious wines made with native varieties that you just don’t find anywhere else in the world. This is perfect for a Somm Survival Kit, for if you don’t get some insight into these wines, you’d never seek them out!

$99 worth of wine for only $80.94 plus tax, 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. We are “retailer agnostic” as long as they are good people and a locally-owned shop.

Questions? Email Jason Kallsen at