Somm Survival Kit: Pinot Noir Values



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

This kit: PINOT NOIR + “AFFORDABLE” is not a common pairing. And it’s not like this is a cheap somm kit, but each and every wine WAY over-delivers for the price. This is the best variety of Pinot Noir we could possibly put together for this price.

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 $137 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 $116.05 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 outstanding Pinot Noirs that overdeliver at their pricepoint, guaranteed. A wide range of styles but every wine show personality.
  • 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:
    • An incredible 2015 Burgundy from an awesome small producer (one of our new favorites)
    • Two amazing German Pinot Noirs (including one from Baden on the Swiss border) that prove Germany as the next great frontier for Pinot Noir.
    • A sustainably farmed and vegan gem from the new Petaluma Gap AVA of Sonoma County.
    • Say what? Chilean Pinot Noir? Ohhhhh yeah …..
    • A mega-affordable little gem from the Langeudoc in Southern France.

Pinot Noir and Affordable are not words that go together easily. And it’s not like this is a super cheap Somm Kit. Some of these wines are in the $20+ range. But every single one WAY over-delivers for the price. Six amazing wines, each with their own personality, which is explained in detail in the video that comes with the kit.

$137 worth of Pinot Noir for only $116.05 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