Crave America

Behind The Scenes of the CRAVE Wine Academy

The class begins with an introduction from Sommelier Tim Edmunds and Executive Chef Mike Agan to provide you with a rundown of the wines (“Juice”, as Tim calls it) and food pairings that they will be serving. The class is light hearted and fun, never snobby or pretentious, and everyone is encouraged to ask questions and interact with Tim, as well as one another. Feel free to slurp and sniff your wine as loudly as you want! The main goal of the class is to provide you with knowledge so that you can feel comfortable purchasing wines in restaurants and stores, but also to have fun with a
one of a kind experience.

Tim begins by describing the process for categorizing and evaluating grapes based on color, aroma, flavor and texture. This leads into the process for how wine is actually made, how the process varies by region and by winery, the difference between using oak barrels and stainless steel barrels, and why hand squeezed grapes yield a higher quality wine. Tim will also explain the aging process and why particular wine varieties are required by law (the wine cops, as Tim calls them) to age for a specific period of time, which can be anywhere from 1-10 years.

For each individual wine that Tim presents, he will take you through the process of sampling each one to pick out the elements that went into making that particular wine. Was it made in an oak or steel barrel? What varieties of grapes were used? How long was it aged? In which region was it made? It’s a fascinating process that is fun to learn, but difficult to master, which is why we have Tim!

While wine is the main focus, it wouldn’t be the same without regionally inspired dishes to complement them. Luckily, Executive Chef Mike Agan is on hand to craft food pairings specifically for each wine that accent their sweet, oaky, or savory flavors. Classically trained in French Cuisine, Mike provides the perfect supporting cast for Tim’s “Juice” and adds another element to these one-of-a-kind classes.

We hope you will join us in the future at one of our 3 monthly classes. We feature a new region every month and hold the class once at each of our Minnesota locations throughout the month. For schedule and times, please call 952.697.6000. Tickets are $55.00 per person and include 6 glasses of wine, 6 courses, and Tim’s expert insights!