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Meet 2 of the Speakers for our High End Tasting!

Our Apollo High End Tasting is nearly here!  If you haven’t got your ticket yet, you better soon. The event is April 24th at 6:30.  Tickets available at any Apollo store or at 

This will be a great event.  For $25 you get four courses of heavy appetizers, and enjoy 4 different wine gurus present a flight of wines.  Each Speaker will pour from a particular country.  This is the chance to truly compare great wines from each of the great winemaking countries.

To pique your interest, here is a brief bio of 2 of our speakers.

Tom Gill, The French Wine Speaker,

A former teacher, Mr. Gill found his true calling in the early 1970s, when good fortune placed him in Napa Valley during the Golden State’s wine renaissance. There he tasted the debut vintages of Caymus, Joseph Phelps, and — especially — Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars, whose now- legendary 1973 Cabernet he discovered, in barrel, and imported to Minnesota. Within a year, that now-legendary wine — subject of the Hollywood film “Bottle Shock” — would come to symbolize the ascendance of California wine to the world stage when it out-scored an international field of competitors to win the Judgement of Paris…And to think that the residents of Rochester enjoyed an out-sized percentage of that coveted collector’s item!

               In the years since, Mr. Gill has contributed to virtually every facet of our profession — including retail and shop design — and has written over 200 wine articles while employed as a columnist for the StarTribune, MPLS/ST. PAUL magazine, and Minnesota Monthly, among others. Since 1998 he has been engaged as an importer and distributor, representing family wineries from every corner of the globe, including

— of course — France.


Peter Plaehn, Italian Wine Speaker

Peter Plaehn, CSW, is a 19-year veteran of the food and beverage industry, getting his start in the kitchen of a college bar. Since then he’s held almost every position possible, from host to bartender to finally General Manager and Wine Director at an award-winning fine dining restaurant. He is one of only fourteen Certified Sommeliers in Minnesota certified with the Court of Master Sommeliers and is the only CMS Advanced Sommelier candidate in Minnesota. He is also a Certified Specialist of Wine with the Society of Wine Educators.

He is currently the Wine Specialist for Wirtz Beverage Group, based in St. Paul.

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High End Wine Tasting Coming!

Mark your calendars!  April 24th we will have 4-5 speakers presenting up to 20 wines.  All wines will b $30 plus along with food by Johnny Mango Catering.  Details still being worked out, but this is a can’t miss event!  More details forthcoming.


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