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Why and About

The Wine Pros of Minnesota is an industry-only group to help connect the dots of our wine community, building a system to streamline communication channels, providing clear information on industry trends and changes, and allowing you to access a network to make your business more profitable and productive.

It’s also a way to learn. To learn more about success in the wine industry, to become a better sales rep, to grow your restaurant, to move more great wine at retail.

We offer classes and seminars for all levels of the industry. Join the email list to learn more!

Bringing in experts for you to meet and learn from? Check!
Seminars and trainings for your employees and co-workers to grow? Yep!
A tsunami of ideas to help you stay fresh and current? Oh yeah.

What will you get? Look forward to …
The Wine Professionals of Minnesota newsletter.
Opportunities to attend exclusive industry-only events.
Hearing about great opportunities to learn from industry, marketing, and sales experts.
And much, much more!

What is the goal of Wine Pros of Minnesota?
To help you sell more wine, find greater happiness, find the job of your dreams, and make more money no matter where you are in the supply or sales chain.

It doesn’t get more crystal clear than that!

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Frequently Asked Questions

Who’s behind Wine Pros of Minnesota?
JasonKallsen_headshot_Square500PXMe, Jason Kallsen, owner of Twin Cities Wine Education, a certified sommelier, and 25-year industry veteran. I’ve worked in every aspect of the business in the Twin Cities: fine dining (twelve different restaurants but who’s counting?), wine buying, retail (Surdyk’s from 1997-2000), fine wine wholesale (Wine Merchants 2001-2002, World Class Wines original version 2002-2010), and social media marketing (The Wine Company 2010-2015).

Starting January 1st, 2016 I went fully independent, with Twin Cities Wine Education as my full-time job while I develop a number of other projects and business ideas, including this one.

What’s the goal of Wine Pros of Minnesota?

To introduce solutions and ideas to a number of questions in our industry. Examples:

How can information be effectively communicated, such as who is carrying what?

How can you stay on top of what you really need to know?

How can we help each other make this an even better state for wine?

How can sales reps learn to work their jobs with more efficiency and attention to detail while freeing up more time for their families?

How can restaurants develop effective staff training while dealing with the revolving door of servers and bartenders?

How can retailers develop their own identity to effectively deal with the changes in the marketplace?

How can restaurants and retailers better communicate with the end consumer?

And more!

 

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