Napa Valley

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    September 16, 2014

    Gavin Kaysen: "We Shouldn't Compete Against Chicago, That's Not Our Competition"

    Flashback to 1995. A young Gavin Kaysen is at work. He's slicing fresh tomatoes by the case. One by one, they fall under the spell of his knife. Lettuce is on the block next. It's almost lunchtime in the business district, and he's anticipating a busy rush. Prepping for a steady stream of h ... More >>

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    January 9, 2014

    Peter Botcher dishes on Butcher & the Boar's future, bagel pizza, and world domination

    Tonight's dinner service will be a busy one for Peter Botcher and his staff, one of many to come for this new executive chef. Now that opening chef and part-owner Jack Riebel has sold his stake and left the business, Botcher has taken over this fan-favorite known for rustic takes on regional Am ... More >>

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    September 16, 2013

    Sip on Wine and Watch "A Year in Burgundy" with the Alliance Française

    Do you know what sets Burgundy wines apart from those made in Bordeaux, Napa Valley, or Tuscany? Not all wines are created equal, and even the most experienced oenophile can use a little brushing up on those wine-tasting skills every once in a while. This October, join the Alliance Française in r ... More >>

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    May 29, 2013

    Lake & Irving coming soon to Uptown

    Brothers Chris and Andrew Ikeda have returned from stints cooking in Hawaii and Napa Valley and are working together on opening a new restaurant called Lake & Irving in the old Blue Sky Creamery building at 1513 W. Lake Street, reports the Southwest Journal.The brothers are Minnesota natives who ... More >>

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    January 14, 2013

    Summit, Excelsior and Hess make for a boozy Week in Food

    It's an all-alcohol Week in Food, with numerous beer, wine, and liquor-themed events -- most with food mixed in to keep you from having an entirely liquid diet. Instead of staying at home and depleting your own stash of booze, head to one of these events for a good cause/time/meal.

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    November 22, 2011

    Twin Cities restaurants offer Thanksgiving Day options

    On a holiday that's all about food, why not let the professionals do the cooking? Whether you're hosting notoriously judgmental family members or looking to start a new lower-key Thanksgiving tradition, choosing one of the many Twin Cities restaurants that offer Thanksgiving Day meals just might be ... More >>

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    February 11, 2011

    5 wines for Valentine's night in

    Folie à Deux WinesWine can determine fun and sexy, or sweet and romantic​Cooking at home for Valentine's Day? It's not a bad idea, considering it's one of the busiest and thus potentially nightmarish days for restaurants. Even if you aren't a master chef, a well-chosen bottle of wine can mak ... More >>

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    October 8, 2010

    Haskell's wine sale: 10 recommendations

    Haskell'sHaskell's Wine Sale on Now​Wine shop sale week continues with the annual Haskell's Fall Sale. I hope you were able to attend the free tasting last Saturday. A lot is going on at Haskell's over the next month. Here are some of the events, plus recommendations on great wines to look fo ... More >>

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    October 6, 2010

    Wine Sale Week: Surdyk's fall blowout includes free tastings

    Surdyk's big fall sale: Here are in-store tastings and 10 recommendations on what to buy​When you pull into the Surdyk's lot on a Saturday afternoon during it's big sale, you'd think you were trying to find a parking spot in downtown New York. There's a reason for that: Surdyk's offers not onl ... More >>

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    October 4, 2010

    St. Paul Grill celebrates 20 years with discounts and a Napa trip

    St. Paul Grill rolls back to 1990s prices.​This October 4 marks a milestone that might be measured in food and beverage: 106,080 filet mignons, 127,920 walleye, 40,800 apple crisps, and 260,640 ounces of scotch later, the St. Paul Grill turns 20. The clubby institution is known for its upsca ... More >>

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    October 1, 2010

    The best free wine tasting of the year

    Haskell's DowntownHaskell's Downtown Minneapolis: Try before you buy​Everyone who drinks wine has been to, or at least noticed, an in-store wine tasting, whether it's a winemaker in town or a distributor pouring six of their value wines. Well, a big in-store tasting tomorrow (Saturday, October ... More >>

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    August 6, 2010

    Worst Wines of the Year (so far...)

    ​I sample over a thousand wines a year (yes, I spit many, for the sake of my health and liver), and very few wines are what I deem undrinkable. My dad, for example, loves his Tisdale Merlot, which is usually on sale at Morelli's in St. Paul for $2.00. I consider it drinkable, especially for ... More >>

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    July 7, 2010

    Surdyk's Summer Sale begins: 10 picks for your summer party

    tsuacctnt / FlickrSurdyk's Wine Shop Sale through July 24​There is no better time to shop for quality wines than during a sale. You can easily save $3 to $10 a bottle, which you can use to buy more wine. Surdyk's big summer wine sale runs today through July 24, and with the store's try-before- ... More >>

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    June 29, 2010

    Appellation: Know where your wine comes from

    Ernst LoosenMosel region in Germany​In this third part of a series about important wine terms and concepts, we'll talk about appellation, which tells you what region of the world your wine comes from. (You can read here about the first two terms, terroir and vintage.) Appellations are geograph ... More >>

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    June 11, 2010

    Artisan Vineyards wine tasting: Sample great wines for a good cause

    Mike Feltault PhotographyOld Arizona's Wine Bar​Charity wine events are popular, but not all are created equal. The best have several things in common. They don't just pour wines under $15, and they make sure to list the vintages of the wines. They offer selections from around the globe. (We a ... More >>

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    June 3, 2010

    Surdyk's sale begins today: Here are 5 recommendations

    tsuacctnt / Flickr​Surdyk's is a Twin Cities institution and has been serving consumers since 1934. Today through Saturday, Surdyk's Heart Healthy Sale is offering 20 percent off all of its wines. In 1979 Surdyk's moved to its current Northeast location and over the years expanded its busine ... More >>

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    May 26, 2010

    Mall of America: new restaurant roundup

    ​There are, on occasions, reasons to visit the Mall of America--say, to get married at the Chapel of Love or to pick up the newest plaid swooshflex at LIDS. Between the parking and the walking to your destination, inevitably you're going to be there long enough to work up an appetite. The best ... More >>

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    May 26, 2010

    Chilean wines: fabulous, inexpensive picks from the Rapel Valley

    Vina Siegel​Chile is home to amazing value wines and is creating a reputation for producing wines to rival Napa Valley and Bordeaux. Vitis vinifera grapes were planted by the Conquistadors back in the 16th century, but it has only been recently that their wine has been exported in volume.

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    May 14, 2010

    Sorella Wine & Spirits: 11 great bottles under $20

    SorellaSale through May 22​I love asking people the question, "How do you save money on wine?" Many say they buy by the case, or the comedian in the group will say don't buy wine at all. The key is buying wine on sale, as the average savings are $3 to $5 per bottle at most shops. Sorella (the ... More >>

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    April 28, 2010

    Wine 101: Vintage

    One question I love to ask wine drinkers is: "What is 'vintage'?" Some people respond with "old," or the year the wine was bottled, or the year the grapes were picked. In this Wine 101 post, I'll explain the importance of vintage talk about how winemakers can create good wine in almost any year. ... More >>

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    April 12, 2010

    Wine 101: Terroir

    Ernst LoosenWehlener Sonnenuhr on the Mosel River​On a bottle of wine there is so much information, with some items being extremely important while some meet just meet legal requirements. Over the next five Wine 101 blogs I will explain five of the most important wine concepts in the world: t ... More >>

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    January 20, 2010

    Crave, Cooper, and Icon bring convenience to St. Louis Park

    Taste is often lost in the strip-mall dining experience

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    October 13, 2009

    5 Great Bottles: Straight from Stillwater

    Top picks from St. Croix Vineyard: Buy these bottles at your local wine retailer, or, better yet, straight from the vineyard.

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    April 16, 2009

    David Vlach takes our questions

    Heidi's new sous chef David Vlach chats with Hot Dish.

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    January 21, 2009

    Wine industry toasts the Obamas

    Winemakers are happy to have a drinker in the White House.

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    May 30, 2008

    Bears and otters would like you to drink

    When shopping for classy wine, you might be tempted to shy away from bottles festooned with pi ... More >>

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    October 31, 2007

    Waiter! More Crayons

    Is fine dining possible with kids? Dear Dara finds out.

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    October 3, 2007

    New Chef Rising

    Love Relocates a Great Chef to Minnesota and the Mall's Napa Valley Grille

  • News

    November 8, 2006

    Reviews You Can Use

    Want to put your newfound wine smarts to the test? City Pages' guest taster issues his recommendatinos for bottles sure to please.

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    April 26, 2006
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    May 4, 2005

    Craft's Fare

    A terrific bar lurks within East Lake Street's newest fine-dining restaurant

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    August 20, 2003
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    July 16, 2003

    Prince and the Revolution

    'The Legend of Suriyothai' is an action epic of royal proportions

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    October 23, 2002

    Treat or Treat

    Take time to stop and eat the chocolate

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    August 28, 2002

    The Finger-Food Fear Factor

    Haute junk food and bargain libations make for unlikely but truly happy hours

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    December 26, 2001
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    December 19, 2001
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    August 22, 2001
  • Arts

    June 6, 2001

    Musical Minimalism

    Michelle Hensley takes a bit of Broadway to the workhouse

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    February 28, 2001
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    June 21, 2000
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    June 7, 2000
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    December 22, 1999
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    June 24, 1998
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    May 20, 1998

    Get an Oil Change

    My tongue knows olive oil as an ingredient, not a beverage. But I was determined to learn the intricate flavors inherent in the finest oils, so it was bottoms-up.

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    May 6, 1998

    The Alchemist

    Brian McElrath's Zinfandel-Balsamic Vinegar Truffle is so potent and rich it seems almost meaty.

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    November 5, 1997
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    September 10, 1997
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    February 5, 1997
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    October 23, 1996
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