The Twin Cities Wine podcast, brought to you by sommelier Jason Kallsen, chronicles the awesome wine scene in Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota. Information on wine classes and events, great buys in our locally owned fine wine shops, interviews with retailers and restauranteurs, and so much more!
All information is independently presented, for the sole benefit of the end consumer.
Where to buy your wine in the Twin Cities
It's one of the most important things to understand for the wine drinker: where you buy your wine from matters. Local and independent shops actually TASTE what is available from the wholesalers, unlike the national chains that order via spreadsheet.
Here is Jason's list of his favorite wine shops in town.
Beaujolais Nouveau in 2020: the one to find!
We're releasing this episode on Beaujolais Nouveau day, one week ahead of Thanksgiving, and for the first time in years, I'm suggesting you buy a bottle. Not just any bottle, but ONE particular producer that I discuss in the show.
Learn more about that wine at https://twincitieswine.com/nouveau2020
John Garland: Twin Cities wine, beer, and food journalist
A special interview with independent journalist and editor John Garland, who was a senior editor at The Growler magazine for years until its folding in August 2020. Our conversation ranges from the local beer scene to wine journalism and everything in-between. Learn more about John at johngarlandwrites.com.
This episode is brought to you by The Wine Workshop. Learn more at thewineworkshop.net.
Organizing your wine collection
A wine cellar doesn't have to be confusing or disorganized. Here are four simple categories to organize your wines into, plus a bonus hint that you'll appreciate years down the road.
Thanksgiving: Six tips for 2020 wines
Sommelier Jason Kallsen of Twin Cities Wine Education brings six suggestions geared toward this different-than-ever-before holiday season, including some general ideas on wine and Thanksgiving pairing, shopping advice, and the one food to avoid if you want to enjoy your wine.
Jason DeRusha (Part 1, pre-pandemic)
For this episode, we welcome award winning journalist, broadcaster, and restaurant critic Jason DeRusha in for a wide-ranging interview. However, this was recorded in January 2020, about six weeks before the world changed. In many ways, it's a fascinating glimpse into the world-that-was and will be followed up by another interview shortly focusing on the food and wine world of the Twin Cities during the pandemic.
Thoughtful and Educational
Jason genuinely loves teaching. I’m new to diving deeper in wine education and find Jason’s work - though the podcast, Twin Cities Wine Education and the Wine Workshop - completely approachable and engaging. He makes exploring wine accessible for all and interesting. Without his expertise I may have been too intimidated.
TC wine’s most knowledgeable
No one knows the Twin Cities’ wine scene better than Jason. He is a great teacher and you’ll learn as much as you would ever want to, not only about the local scene, but anywhere else in the wonderful world of wine as well.
The best wine info anywhere
Jason’s podcasts live up to his excellent classes. If you haven’t tried his classes, I highly recommend them. He is both knowledgeable and fun to learn from.