From our students

“Thank you for the classes. They have been a highlight for me during the pandemic!” —Kimberly

“I appreciated how you discussed each [French] region’s iconic wines, but then we tasted your more affordable “insider tip” wines. I usually avoid shopping French wines because I think a quality wine will be too expensive for my budget. … The class was definitely a highlight in a time where there are very few opportunities for fun and community.” —Jennifer

 

PLEASE NOTE: Each tasting kit can serve up to 4 people. All kits include a cheese plate that can serve up to 2 people. We cannot ship alcohol outside of Minnesota.

No books. Just wine.

Book Club

Welcome to France 44’s version of Book Club, where we meet up weekly via Zoom to do what everyone really does at book club: drink wine.

Book Club is a 4-week long series that will focus on a specific wine theme, led by one of our wine staff. It’s less stuffy than a formal class, but more informative than your normal happy hour.

FEBRUARY BOOK CLUB: Our first Book Club theme is Women in Wine! Each week in February we’ll pop a bottle made by a different strong, creative, and insanely talented woman winemaker, each with a unique story and background.

Book Club

The Secret Cult Following of Chenin Blanc

January 29, 6:30pm | Club 44: $94.99, non-members $104.99 | Join Josh for a comparative flight of three different Chenin Blancs from around the world, and get to know why this underrated variety achieves cult status around the world.

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Wines of Austria

February 3, 6:30pm | Club 44: $94.99, non-members $104.99 | Austrian wine has undergone a stunning transformation within the last 30 years. Join nationally-known Austrian Wine Specialist Jodi Stern, consultant to the Austrian Wine Marketing Board to talk about the checkered past, present trends and important grapes, and the exciting future of Austrian wine.

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EXTREME WINES COMEBACK!!!

February 12, 6:30pm | Club 44: $94.99, non-members $104.99 | JOIN YOUR FAVORITE MANIACS JOSH AND SAM FOR ANOTHER NIGHT OF DRINKING THE SCREAMING, BURNING, LITERALLY-ON-FIRE EDGES OF THE WINE WORLD AS WE CRACK BOTTLES IN THE SAFETY OF OUR HOMES. IT’S A COMEBACK YOU MIGHT HAVE NEVER EXPECTED, BUT GET READY, BECAUSE IT’S HAPPENING. ONLY AT THE F44!

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Wines of Piedmont

February 18, 6:30pm | Club 44: $94.99, non-members $104.99 | Piedmont is home to some of the world’s most age-worthy, complex, and regal wines. But how did it become the stunning powerhouse region it is today? Join Sam on a deep dive into the history of how Piedmont came to be, and discover some of the region’s most heralded grapes and wine styles.

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Introduction to French Wines

February 23, 6:30pm | from $30 | This class is perfect for anyone trying to get into French wine but doesn’t know where to start. Attendees are welcome to purchase one single bottle through to the entire lineup, or simply purchase the Zoom link alone.

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The Real Deal Sherry Experience

February 25, 6:30pm | Club 44: $94.99, non-members $104.99 | Sherry, it ain’t just for cooking! Join fortified wine nerd (and Certified Sherry Wine Specialist!) Sam for an introduction to the wild world of sherry. Whether cracking a bottle to pair with dessert, appetizers, or a sushi dinner (really!) you’ll never be in the dark again.

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Bordeaux for Normal People

March 4, 6:30pm | Club 44: $94.99, non-members $104.99 | Join Dustin for an evening of talking about the importance of dirt, what Napoleon has to do with wine prices, and discover some insider secrets to the seemingly impossible task of finding delicious Bordeaux at affordable prices.

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The Wonderful World of Washington Wines

March 10, 6:30pm | Club 44: $94.99, non-members $104.99 | 30 years ago, Washington State had only 19 wineries. Today, there are over 1000. Join Amy as she explains why so many wine enthusiasts have fallen head over heels for Washington wines.

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Wines of Northern California: Taking the Scenic Route

March 12, 6:30pm | from $30 | A new wave of grapes and wine styles has taken over northern California, making consumers take a second look at this iconic region. Attendees are welcome to purchase one single bottle through to the entire lineup, or simply purchase the Zoom link alone.

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Irish Whiskey Cocktails

March 16, 6:30pm | Club 44: $94.99, non-members $104.99 | St. Patrick’s Day is March 17th, and we’re here to take you through the fundamentals of Irish whiskey and guide you through several do-it-yourself Irish whiskey cocktails.

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Wines of the Finger Lakes Region

March 25, 6:30pm | Club 44: $94.99, non-members $104.99 | The Finger Lakes region of New York is one of the most exciting places to make wine in the United States. Sarina will introduce you to the character of this incredible region, its history and origins, and some dynamic producers on the market today.

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24/750: An Evening of Film and Wine

March 30, 6:30pm | Club 44: $94.99, non-members $104.99 | What happens when you put a film buff and a wine nerd in a room together? We love a good pairing challenge, and Emmet and Sam take this fully to heart as they bring you through a curated selection of film clips, paired to a thoughtful lineup of wines.

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An Introduction to Domestic Craft Ciders

April 6, 6:30pm | Club 44: $39.99, non-members $44.99 | Join Certified Cider Specialist Melissa in an exploration of domestic craft ciders, from the Pacific Northwest to the East Coast (and of course, the Midwest)!

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Gin-onomics 101

April 13, 6:30pm | Club 44: $94.99, non-members $104.99 | If you’re gin-curious, this spirits class is for you. We’ll dive into what makes a gin a gin, the various styles made worldwide, and help you stretch your home bartender skills in new directions.

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Grilling & Wine

April 21, 6:30pm | Club 44: $94.99, non-members $104.99 | Meatmonger Thomas and wine specialist Adam will cover prep and cooking tips to elevate your grilling game this spring and summer, and give you the inside scoop on classic wines and some new, unique favorites.

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Tiny Bubbles: Discovering Pét Nats

April 29, 6:30pm | Club 44: $94.99, non-members $104.99 | Join Karina for a deep-dive into the oldest method in the world for making sparkling wine. She’ll guide you through a fascinating selection of pét nats from winemakers around the world who are rediscovering this ancient method and making it new and hip once again.

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