Vineyards and Winemakers

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    November 13, 2014

    A Guide to Vegan and Biodynamic Wines in the Twin Cities

    We are fortunate here in the Twin Cities. Our fair homeland boasts a veritable cornucopia of culinary selections, catering to every possible dietary restriction, adventurous palate, and food trend. It seems that there is hardly a restaurant without a handful of menu items devoted to the gluten-avers ... More >>

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    April 16, 2014

    Fifth annual Savor Minnesota event in Shakopee celebrates local wine

    If locally produced wine is your thing, or you don't know a lot about it and want to, then mark you calendars for April 26 when Savor Minnesota takes over Shakopee's Canterbury Park, turning it into a celebration of locally grown grapes and locally produced food. This will be the event's fifth year ... More >>

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    April 17, 2013
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    June 20, 2012
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    March 26, 2012

    Cannon River Winery hosts Meet the Winemaker

    ​This summery spring has the open road calling. What better way to celebrate the warm breeze than spending the day at a not-too-far-away winery? On Saturday, April 7, Cannon River Winery in downtown Cannon Falls will be hosting its annual Meet the Winemaker event. The winery, which is less than an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2011

    Top 5 books for wine lovers

    ​Wine can be an intimidating subject for many people. With so many wines, varietals, vintages, and regions, it can be hard to know where to start. What's the difference between chenin blanc and sauvignon blanc? Why are American wines categorized by grape variety and French wines by region? Was 200 ... More >>

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    May 27, 2011

    Great River Road Wine Trail hosts local food and wine weekend

    Mark your calendar for a weekend getaway.​Looking for a weekend getaway idea? The Great River Road Wine Trail is hosting a three-day Local Foods-Local Wine Weekend on June 3-5, from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. daily. The Great River Road Wine Trail consists of 10 wineries near the Mississippi River ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2011

    Pizza Nea appreciates Surly this Week in Food

    Venture out this Valentine's Day.Cupid has hit the Twin Cities. Explore Valentine's, viticulture, and vegetable gardens this Week in Food. Monday 2/14 Appeal to Cupid's culinary senses this Valentine's Day with myriad dining options. Wednesday 2/16 The Surly Appreciation Party keeps on kickin' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2010

    Great River Road Wine Trail Holiday Food & Wine Festival

    Great River Road Wine TrailWine...with a view.​Book a holiday flight for just $20--a wine flight, that is, sampled via vintners along The Great River Road Wine Trail at this weekend's Holiday Food & Wine Festival. The Great River Road Wine Trail is made up 10 wineries located near the Mississ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2010

    Affordable wines made for grilled food

    Nothing like a steak off the grill​Most people who drink wine are not going to pop open a 2000 Chateau Montrose St.-Estephe, a 1998 Fox Creek McClaren Vale, or a 2005 Dr. Loosen Erdener Treppchen for their casual grilling event with friends. If you do pop these open, make sure I am invited. Fo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2010

    A great wine club for free

    Mike ThomasThomas Liquors Wine Education series​There are several wine clubs in the Twin Cities, though many are more focused on socializing than on pouring wines with any character or providing educational instruction. But one very good wine club is offering you a chance to learn about South ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2010

    The most important concept in great wine: the winemaker

    Mark VlossakMark Vlossak of St. Innocent Winery​Of the five most important facets of wine--terroir, vintage, appellation, wine producer, and winemaker--the last is arguably both the most and least important. The winemaker is the most critical factor in what comes out of the bottle, yet all win ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2010

    What kind of wine drinker are you?

    John GlasSerious wine geek wines​To me there are three types of wine drinkers: the wine drinker, the wine snob, and the wine geek. Wine drinkers are the largest of the three groups, and they are the most likely to try a new wine bar, buy a glass of South African chenin blanc at a restaurant, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2010

    Wine 101: Who made your wine--and why it's important

    St. InnocentTemperance Vineyard Site​Can you name five wine producers? Many casual wine drinkers might mention Robert Mondavi, Sutter Home, Beringer, Coppola, or Kendall Jackson. But what about Monchhof, St. Innocent, and Felsina? In the fourth of a series of Wine 101 topics (which includes terro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2010

    Willamette Valley: 5 top wines from the greenest winery in America

    Willamette Valley Vineyards: They even recycle their used corks​ Many wineries that make it start out small, receive some positive press, expand and gain a following, but rarely in the wine business do you see a leader that is as environmentally conscious as Willamette Valley Vineyards out of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2010

    Great River Road Wine Trail hosts food/wine weekend

    ​For a crash course in local wine, hit the Great River Road Wine Trail's "Local Foods-Local Wine Weekend," on Saturday, June 5, and Sunday, June 6, from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. each day. The trail consists of 10 wineries near the Mississippi River (Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Iowa) and will offer s ... More >>

  • Calendar

    May 19, 2010
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    May 18, 2010

    Meek Family Estates: Minnesotan now makes world-class wines in Washington

    Michael MeekMeek Family Estates Yakima Valley​I met Michael Meek two years ago as he was about to release his first vintage of Meek Family Estates. As a resident of Minnetonka, Michael realized that to make world-class wines you need to head west, and his location in Yakima Valley, Washington ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2010

    Savor Minnesota a boost for local wineries

    Saint Croix Vineyards wine tasting​Anyone with preconceived ideas about Minnesota wines is probably re-evaluating those notions if they were part of Saturday's first-annual Savor Minnesota event at Canterbury Park, which featured the best of Minnesota wine, food, and beer. Though the exhibitor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Calendar

    February 17, 2010
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    February 16, 2010

    5 Great Bottles of unusual wine

    Looking for an out-of-the-ordinary wine? Here are bottles made in odd places or from obscure grapes, recommended by Solo Vino.

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2009

    Iowa wine industry growing

    Iowa's capitalizing on some of Minnesota's cold weather grapes to support its growing wine industry.

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2009

    Alexis Bailly Vineyard harvest wine available this weekend only

    Wanna feel exclusive? Then head out to Alexis Bailly Vineyard this weekend for some of its very limited Nouveau 2009 wine.

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2009

    Meet local food writers at Magers & Quinn

    The hottest spot for foodies in the next few weeks might not be a restaurant but a bookstore.

  • Blogs

    August 24, 2009

    Cold climate wine competition tomorrow at U of M

    Cold climate grapes will be strutting their stuff at tomorrow's first-ever competition among wines originating in places like Minnesota.

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2009

    Coming soon: Indian Island Winery

    More wineries are coming to Minnesota. Schweet!

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2009

    Midwest wineries trying to get a piece of the action

    The Upper Mississippi River Valley seeks recognition alongside Napa, Sonoma Valley.

  • Calendar

    April 29, 2009
  • Blogs

    February 18, 2009

    RIP Sam's Wine Shop

    Washington Avenue's beloved boutique wine shop has shut its doors.

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2009

    5 Great Bottles: Minnesota wines

    Land of 10,000 wines? Not quite. But Surdyk's rec ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2009

    Wine industry toasts the Obamas

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

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2009

    5 Great Bottles: Eco-friendly drinking with organic wines

    Raise a glass, reduce your impact. France 44 recommends five gr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2008

    Presidential feast at North Coast

    northcoast-1.gif Celebrate an Obama victory and treat your favorite wonk to a six-course dinner this Saturday.

  • Calendar

    September 26, 2007
  • Restaurants

    April 4, 2007

    Port is the Answer?

    In which Dara seeks great Minnesota wine in all the wrong places, and finds it anyway

  • 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.

  • News

    November 8, 2006

    Asked and Answered

    What's the wallaby on the label of that shiraz trying to tell you? What about the syrah label featuring a generic chateau? Dear Dara answers all your peskiest wine questions.

  • Restaurants

    November 8, 2006
  • News

    October 12, 2005

    Wine Party: Spanish Reds

    Skip the Forest, Focus on a Few of the Most Typical Trees, and You May Finally Feel Comfortable in the Fabulous Jungle of Spanish Red Wines

  • News

    October 12, 2005

    Elsewhere in Europe

    Want to taste your way through another country? Local restaurants are a good first stop

  • Restaurants

    August 31, 2005


    The only place you'll find Schumacher's famous Czech-German cuisine today is twixt the mighty Midway and Ye Old Mill

  • Restaurants

    June 15, 2005

    Noble Grapes

    Car-seat country scores a family-friendly wine bar with a serious education mission

  • Restaurants

    October 22, 2003

    The Wide Whirl of Wine

    Dear Dara explains why you can't always get what you want

  • News

    February 6, 2002

    The Grape Debate

    It's enough to drive you to drink

  • Restaurants

    December 19, 2001
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