Somm Survival Kit: Washington: Wines of Place



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

This kit: SIX AMAZING WINES that show off the diversity of Washington styles and terroir. Includes a 45+ minute video with “Washington 101” plus us stepping through the selections.

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 $133 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 $110.65 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 wines to show off the diversity of terroir and style that Washington State delivers.
  • INSTANT access to detailed tasting notes, cellar tags, and a 45+ minute video of Jason and Angela tasting through and explaining all the wines, including a tutorial on “Washington Wines 101.”
  • Features six selections including:
    • A masterful Chenin Blanc from Yakima Valley AVA, by one of the historic leaders of Washington.
    • A beautiful low-production (only 850 cases made) Riesling from Rattlesnake Hills AVA.
    • One of the top pop-on-a-whim Chardonnays, made by a family that has been farming in the Yakima Valley since 1904.
    • A Merlot that will blow you away, from the tiny Waluke Slope AVA.
    • Two Cabernet Sauvignons with two totally different personalities. One from the Horse Heaven Hills AVA, the other from arguably the top region in the state, Red Mountain AVA.

Washington wines are far more diverse than people realize, and the quality is far greater on average than all other wine regions of the world. The reasons behind this big statement are many, and we cover it in the 45+ minute Somm Kit video. The short version: it’s almost impossible to beat Washington for bang-for-the-buck!

$133 worth of Washington picks for only $110.65 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