November 19, 2019

There are many new wine bars in the Twin Cities these days and I recommend visiting them all, including a classic, Swirl Wine Bar in Afton. They boast the largest wine club in Minnesota with over 700 members! Swirl wine bar is a part of the historic 150 year old Afton House Inn, family owned and located on the St. Croix Train in Afton MN, 20 minutes south of Stillwater. 

Dave Jarvis (owner), certified Sommelier and all aro...

November 19, 2019


Coming soon!

August 11, 2019

If you are thinking about becoming a Sommelier this upcoming series is for you, led by our own certified Sommeliers, giving you the edge to pass your exam! Stay tuned for more information!

August 11, 2019

Wine Pro 2019, starts September 7th! Would you like to know more about wine? Are you unsure where to start? A comprehensive course may be for you. Some of us want to enhance our knowledge and like the atmosphere of a classroom. In 14 weeks (one semester), you can earn your Wine Professional Certificate at Saint Paul College. This certification, a part of the Culinary Arts program has been in place since 2005. This course is on...

August 10, 2019

WSET and Vine Lab Wine & Spirits Academy present "Awesome Sauce: The Wines of Alsace" for Wine Education Week!

Thursday, September 12th

7:15pm - 8:00pm $15.00

Taught by Karina Roe of France 44 Wines & Spirits. Register HERE

Explore this northerly, little-known region of France through the lens of wine. Set apart from the rest of France in history, culture, politics, cuisine, and wine style, Alsace has been fought over for centurie...

August 10, 2019

Register today for a special Harvest Tour and Tasting at & Vines Vineyard in Dellwood Minnesota

register here

September 15th, 2019

Join us at 7 Vines Vineyard for the final event of Wine Education Week. Learn about, and participate in, harvest; receive an educational tour to learn about the vineyard, fermentation, barrel aging, and more! Finish your day with a wine and cheese pairing!


  • Harvest Experience: 10:00am - 12:00pm


August 10, 2019

WSET Wine Education Week September 9-15, the following classes at Saint Paul College

Follow link to register for classes,

A Tale of Three Frontenacs- Instructor, Lauren Voigt

Start Date: 09/09/2019 Days: M Time: 5:30 PM to 6:15 PM

$ 15.00

Here for the right Riesling- Instructor, Karina Roe 

Start Date: 09/09/2019 Days: M Time: 6:30...

February 9, 2019

What is Wine Education Week? Wine Education Week is a global consumer campaign to raise awareness of wine education.

We are so excited to celebrate WSET''s 50th anniversary with a week of our own local classes, seminars and events!

Stay tuned for more information including a calendar of events! 

February 1, 2019

Here’s a story about a professional violinist that doubles as a story about one of the greatest wines on the planet:

The violinist walks into an audition for a spot in a prestigious symphony orchestra. He pulls out his violin and starts to play, but the conductor stops him abruptly after only a minute. He says, “Thank you for coming in, but the sound just isn’t quite what we’re looking for.” The violinist replies, “Will you g...

December 19, 2018

Hello fellow wine enthusiasts! It has been a while since I wrote a blog post. I will try to be more regular in posting and get my colleagues to do the same. 

I wanted to write about how to immerse yourself into wine. Those that want to get educated just to be better enthusiasts are the lucky ones! There is no right or wrong way. How do you learn best? In a classroom? Self study? Exploring? I learn best when I use a combination...

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