I’m going to warn you straight up: You will want to click and get tickets before you’re done reading this story, because this is the wine event of the year.
At the end of this month we are hosting a cool new wine-centric Tastemakers: New American Classics. Have you been aware of the wine revolutionaries changing the face of American wine? They’re motivated by a belief that American wine needs to be its own thing—it needs to stop aping European wine, and find the right techniques, agriculture, and styles to be essentially and freshly American. These folks and their ideas have been the avant-garde of wine for a decade now. The California critic Jon Bonne wrote a terrific, and hugely influential book about them, “The New California Wine.” They’ve picked up highly influential fans around the country, and one of those fans in the Minneapolis importer Michael Kuperman, of Tradition Wine and Spirits. Kuperman has been placing some of these phenomenal, and very rare, wines all over town. He’s the reason everyone’s favorite fried chicken joint, Revival, has ultra-elite Scholium Project wine as the house white, for instance.
Well. Kuperman decided to bring nine of these bleeding-edge winemakers to town in late May, to really boost the profile of these cutting-edge wines. I got wind of this, and nearly fell over dead with shock and joy. Because the Twin Cities is the greatest small town in the world, all of us put our heads together and said: "My golly, we have an opportunity to get these wines in front of the people." And so we’re doing it. Mark your calendars, get your tickets: May 25th, at the Lab Theater in downtown Minneapolis, from 6 - 9 p.m. You will have the opportunity to taste wine and meet the winemakers from nine of America’s most important new wineries, specifically:
Abe Schoener of The Scholium Project
Matthew Rorick of Forlorn Hope
Andrew Jones of Field Recordings
Barnaby Tuttle of the Teutonic Wine Company
Kate Norris of Gamine Wines and the Divison Wine Company
Hardy Wallace of Dirty and Rowdy Family Wines
Sam Bilbro of Idlewild Wines
John Lockwood of Enfield Wine Co.
We’ll also have a panel discussion with six of the winemakers. I cannot express to you what a rare and unbelievable opportunity this is. The theater will be filled with nothing but the rarest and most thought-provoking wines and winemakers. I have never heard of an opportunity like this, and there’s definitely never been something like this in Minnesota.
I so hope to see you there.
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