Somm Survival Kit: Fantastic White Blends



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

This kit: Six White Blends from around the world, proving that often the sum can be greater than the parts.

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 $121 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 $97.15 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, plus an educational video on theses specific wines, links for learning more, and cellar tags for all the bottles.

This particular pick:

  • Six amazing white wines where the combination of grape varieties make it awesome. A wide range of styles in this Somm Kit.
  • 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:
    • An amazing Chardonnay + Chenin Blanc blend from a top Loire producer.
    • A wine featuring the two great native white grapes of Sicily (that tastes like the ocean!)
    • A classically-styled wine from Friuli, Italy (on the Slovenian border)
    • Two fresh-as-a-spring-morning clean and bright dry whites from California (one based on Gewürztraminer!)
    • A blended white from the former technical director of Lafite Rothschild.

Blended white wines! Let’s showcase the winemaker!

I love thinking about a winemaker as a chef, pulling together different parts to make a whole. And nowhere is this exhibited better than with blended wines. In this kit you’ll have an amazing range of grape varieties including (but not limited to): Sauvignon Blanc, Gewürztraminer, Pinot Blanc, Friulano, Inzolia, Cattaratto, Palomino, Viognier, and more! Each wine is distinctive and as you’ll see in the Somm Kit video, there is something for every occasion here.

$121 worth of White Blend picks for only $97.15 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