(SUN PHOTOS BY KRISTEN MILLER)

Who says champagne is the only way to toast the new year? Shar Peterson, a sommelier with Twin Cities Wine Education, begs to differ. In the class “Under the Radar Sparkling Wines,” Dec. 31 at The Vine Room in Hopkins, Peterson, who also works at The Vine Room as an ambassador, shared five sparkling wines from different regions of the world, such as LA Cetto Sparkling Brut from Baja, Mexico; and Keush “Origins” Brut from Armenia. The class was to educate attendees on sparkling wine to give them another option to consider for ringing in the new year or any other occasion. “People are kick-starting their New Year’s festivities early,” said owner Ali Hanson, noting the afternoon class was sold out. The Vine Room offers similar classes and events, which can be found online and through Facebook.

Kristen Miller is the community editor for the Sun Sailor, covering the communities of Plymouth, Hopkins and Minnetonka. Email story ideas to kristen.miller@ecm-inc.com

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