It's finally balmy here in the Twin Cities, so this Memorial Day will mean picnics, grills, and all manner of outdoor eats. Of course, someone will show up with the obvious beverage choice -- beer -- but what about wine? What quaffs will go well with your holiday grub? To find the answer, we w ... More >>
By now you've got the brats, you've got the best cheap beer in America, and back up propane on deck for today's patriotic festivities; if not, get a move on. While you're breaking a sweat prepping for the party, let's talk boozy popsicles, or "poptails": the best way to imbibe on a hot day such as ... More >>
It's no secret that Lady Gaga can be a high-maintenance gal. The woman is a walking MOMA exhibit with her unbelievable wardrobe. While she's not sporting her craziest styles out and about these days, she's still the same old Gaga we know and love. The latest financial drama between Gaga and her ex ... More >>
In America, there's a certain Thursday in November that wine drinkers look forward to. This is also true in France, but the holiday is a week earlier and it doesn't involve as much food, but it does involve a lot more wine. The point is, this Thursday is Beaujolais Nouveau Day! When the clocks ... More >>
Spending an evening at a great wine bar is one of life's most elegant, refined, and enjoyable dining experiences. Whether you're rediscovering a favorite wine; exploring little traveled regions, wineries, or varietals; seeking a perfect match of food and beverage; or just relaxing in good company, T ... More >>
Even though it's been a beastly hot summer, Minnesotans would be wise to take advantage of outdoor dining opportunities when they present themselves, before autumn takes hold. Still, sitting on a stifling hot patio is a bit of a hard sell this month. However, Biella Italian restaurant in Excel ... More >>
Soon, that cup could be filled with merlot!Times are tough for America's restaurant owners. McDonald's is planning a large-scale makeover for many of its restaurants, hoping to make them more 'chic.' Wendy's has reworked its menu, changing to natural-cut fries and new burgers. Even Su ... More >>
Thanksgiving is a uniquely American holiday. Food and football. The meal is built around turkey, but it's the side dishes, traditional to your family and friends and as varied or exotic as your friends and family, that make the meal. Thanksgiving Day dinner offers wine lovers a unique challenge as ... More >>
There's more to Beaujolais wines than NouveauOn Thursday, November 17, while celebrations of the release of Beaujolais Nouveau take place across town (most prominently at the Jeune Lune Event Center), W. A. Frost and Company will be inviting wine lovers to explore the lesser-known wines of Bu ... More >>
All Beaujolais is not nouveau, bit it's a reason to have a good timeNovember 17! Mark your calendar. The third Thursday of November is the traditional debut of the world's freshest, least pretentious wine: Beaujolais Nouveau. One of the best places to celebrate this year may be at the Jeune Lune Ev ... More >>
The combination of chocolate and red wine often sets similar qualities against one-anotherPairing wine and food is often a puzzle, and the question of what wine goes best with chocolate seems to come up fairly often. For some, chocolate and red wine are both so delightful that any combination ... More >>
Despite the head-scratching nature of the new venture, you've gotta admit there's something sort of endearing about the idea of Motörhead frontman Lemmy curling up for a cozy night in with a bottle of his band's new branded Australian Shiraz, a good book and maybe a few logs blazing away in the ... More >>
Yum, DSL- Digital Sushi LunchFights in the kitchen! Rockers pushing wine! And a contract that must be signed before getting a reservation? We take a look at five of the weirdest food stories kicking around the web this week.
Debbie TallenBacalao with charmoula and spring greens, paired with Evodia Garnacha Every month, CRAVE hosts a Wine Academy--a mini class on the basics of appreciating wine, conducted over a 4-6 course pairing dinner. CRAVE Executive Chef Mike Agan creates the menu, and Sommelier Tim Edmunds ... More >>
A little Cahors to warm the nightCèdre Héritage 2008 $9/$5Kings Wine Bar4555 Grand Ave. S., Minneapolis612.354.7928The end-of-January blues have set in, and we're tired of sampling brown liquors (for the moment). So we went looking for a sturdy, deep glass that could stand up to the cold temps ... More >>
Courtesy of AmuséeLeslee Miller gives us her picks.It's holiday time, and we're sure you've bought all your gifts and are getting ready for an onslaught of family and friends. You've got the turkey ordered, your sides planned, and even that amazing dessert is partially completed and tucked in yo ... More >>
Kathy EasthagenDo your part: drink up. Monday 11/5 Gather at Brit's with members of the Guthrie to honor the theater's smash-hit production of The 39 Steps, based off of Alfred Hitchcock's acclaimed 1935 film. Trivia host John Cosgrove will kick off the evening at 7:15 p.m. with a Movies and Hi ... More >>
The first wine of 2010We don't have a lot of wine vineyards in Minnesota, but there's still plenty of reason to celebrate another grape harvest by opening a bottle of French Beaujolais nouveau. The first bottles of this year's vintage--meant to be drunk when it's barely off the vine--are offi ... More >>
Haskell'sHaskell's Wine Sale on NowWine 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 >>
Bin Wine BarGet high legally--on chocolate, anywayThat got your attention, didn't it? While you won't get anything except a sugar high from Bin Wine Bar's terra cotta-wrapped dessert, its novelty doesn't show signs of fading anytime soon. "In the last two weeks, I've probably sold a couple hundre ... More >>
Surdyk's big fall sale: Here are in-store tastings and 10 recommendations on what to buyWhen 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 >>
Time to load up the cartEach day this week we are featuring an ongoing wine shop sale and 10 recommendations from each. Today's feature is South Lyndale Liquors, a solid wine shop specializing in wines under $25. Its sale ends Saturday.
Haskell's DowntownHaskell's Downtown Minneapolis: Try before you buyEveryone 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 >>
Wanna feel exclusive? Then head out to Alexis Bailly Vineyard this weekend for some of its very limited Nouveau 2009 wine.
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