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 >>
Tool and Puscifer both to perform at River's Edge Festival
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Nothing like a steak off the grillMost 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 >>
Mike ThomasThomas Liquors Wine Education seriesThere 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 >>
Mark VlossakMark Vlossak of St. Innocent WineryOf 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 >>
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 >>
John GlasSerious wine geek winesTo 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 >>
St. InnocentTemperance Vineyard SiteCan 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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Michael MeekMeek Family Estates Yakima ValleyI 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 >>
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 >>
Saint Croix Vineyards wine tastingAnyone 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 >>
Ernst LoosenWehlener Sonnenuhr on the Mosel RiverOn 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 >>
Looking for an out-of-the-ordinary wine? Here are bottles made in odd places or from obscure grapes, recommended by Solo Vino.
Iowa's capitalizing on some of Minnesota's cold weather grapes to support its growing wine industry.
Wanna feel exclusive? Then head out to Alexis Bailly Vineyard this weekend for some of its very limited Nouveau 2009 wine.
The hottest spot for foodies in the next few weeks might not be a restaurant but a bookstore.
Cold climate grapes will be strutting their stuff at tomorrow's first-ever competition among wines originating in places like Minnesota.
More wineries are coming to Minnesota. Schweet!
The Upper Mississippi River Valley seeks recognition alongside Napa, Sonoma Valley.
Washington Avenue's beloved boutique wine shop has shut its doors.
In which Dara seeks great Minnesota wine in all the wrong places, and finds it anyway
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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Car-seat country scores a family-friendly wine bar with a serious education mission
Dear Dara explains why you can't always get what you want
It's enough to drive you to drink