Sunfish Cellars Wine & Spirits

803 Sibley Memorial Hwy
Lilydale, 55118
Went to a wine class here on a groupon deal and felt completely ripped off! This was advertised as a wine and cheese pairing class and when we got there we were told that there was no cheese since the cheese store had closed! - what a lame excuse for an advertised class. And the instructor acted as if it shouldn't be a big deal to us! For the class itself, seemed like the instructor was winging answers on the go and although he had a lot of experience with wine, he did a poor job of keeping the class focused/entertained. Overall they were very under-prepared.and as a result we felt under whelmed by the whole experience!
The store and product selection is fantastic and really knowledgable staff...but these classes they offer are WAY over-priced....I would have been REALLY unhappy if we would be paid $50 pp for a class, but got them for $20 pp through groupon. A few chunks of cheese and crackers are not exactly appetizers to me, and the class said it was 2 hours and it was over in 45 minutes, maybe less. But I mean the product that was provided was good, and it was informative, just really overpriced for what you my opinion anyway. I would never do another class...but if I was ever in the area, I might swing in to shop.
After wanting to check them out for over a year, the hubby and I ventured over last Saturday after hitting the farmers market. We went in to the wine store first, and wow, we were impressed at the selection! Like kids in a candy store! We have been into trying Malbecs recently and one of the staff members was very insightful as he helped us choose two. The actually have a "beer cave", a walk in cooler with a nice variety of local and national beers, all reasonably priced, like the wines. Next we stopped over to the cheese shop. I now feel like I have a personal cheesemonger in Ken Liss. This man not only knows his cheeses, he knows most of the cheese makers too! He let us taste a number of cheeses and had a story to go with each one. To boot, there is a particular blue I have been scouring the cities for for over a year, and Ken had it! Most cheeses run about $25/lb, but for the quality it is well worth it. We ended up taking home 4 types, approx. 1/4 pound each, and enjoyed with a Rustica baguette and our Malbec. Ken serves his sandwiches on Sun Street Breads baguettes, and even threw in a hunk for us to go when w mentioned we hadnt tried it. We will definitely be back, and look forwardd to signing up for some of the classes they offer as well. The atmosphere is very cool, With huge windows overlooking a ravine. Nice cozy spot to share a flight of wines and a sandwich or cheese plate.

(651) 552-5955

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