You’d have to be wearing some seriously rosé-colored glasses to think the iconic Solo Vino Rosé Tent Tasting would go on as usual in 2020. Frankly, it’s hard to imagine events involving hundreds of people cramming into tents outdoors taking place anytime soon. So what would Solo Vino Bottle Shop’s owner Chuck Kanski do?
The 12th annual iteration of the St. Paul wine destination’s tasting is going virtual. Just announced, Kanski and sommelier Jason Kallsen are going to do this whole thing online. You buy a case of wine if you want to taste along, or just log on and watch Chuck, Jason, and special guests talk about the wines and share “tons of rosé education at the same time.” This will include buying advice no matter where you procure your pink wines.
Basically this is a webinar modeled after the successful online classes Kallsen offers through The Wine Workshop. It will be this Sunday, May 17 at 4 p.m. CST. It costs $19 to join the tent tasting (register online here). If you buy the case of wine as well, it is a $200 total cost, about a 10% discount from the regular price of those wines which is $222.83.
Kanski and Kallsen will be tasting the wines online. You probably don’t need to pop a dozen bottles of wine to taste along, but I think it sure would be fun to taste a couple with them. I tried three rosés with them on their Wednesday magic show—where they do a trick, and then talk wine. (You can watch my appearance online here.)
“No obligation to buy the case to enjoy the webinar and the special price on the mixed case will continue through the month of May,” Kallsen say.
What’s in the case?
They wouldn’t give me all the details, but we know:
- A “New California” producer’s superstar Grenache rosé (rare)
- A rosé gem from the heel of Italy
- One of our favorite Pinot Noir rosés ever
- The best Provence rosé of the year
- A couple of pop-on-a-whim porch pounders
- A rare Txakoli rosé from Spain
Solo Vino (Virtual) Rosé Tent Tasting 2020. 4 p.m. CST, Sunday, May 17. Register here.