Soldier’s 2,600-year-old request for wine revealed on pottery shard






New scans of a millennia-old shard of pottery revealed the details of an ancient booze run. Originally unearthed in 1965, the ostracon—a pottery fragment with an inscription—was found in poor condition in 1965 at the desert military fortress of Tel Arad. Dating back to 600 B.C., or the eve of the kingdom of Judah’s destruction … [ Read more]

How to drink in the woods: Pro tips to elevate your beverage experience in the backcountry






We’re approaching that glorious time of year when we shed what’s left of our winter layers and head north in search of fresh air and open spaces. What’s an adventure trip without some delicious drinks to enjoy after those long, summer days? We talked to some Duluth-based experts who shared their recommendations on the best … [ Read more]

What We’re Drinking: May 2017






Welcome back to What We’re Drinking, wherein The Growler editorial staff look back on a recent remarkable beverage. What are you drinking, Growler Nation? Let us know on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Olvalde Farm and Brewing Co. Rollingstoner – John Garland, Senior Editor I love the beer Joe Pond is making in Rollingstone. He uses old-school techniques that make … [ Read more]

It’s spring, and that means Rosé season






Our Senior Editor, John Garland, appeared on Appetites with Tom Crann on MPR today, heralding the return of pink wine. Yes, as winter looses its grip and color returns to the trees, that means rosés of all kinds will be appearing on happy hour menus and wine store display tables across the Metro. How can you … [ Read more]

Lawsuit challenges locally grown mandate in Minnesota wine






The Institute for Justice, joined by Alexis Bailly Vineyards of Hastings, and Next Chapter Winery of New Prague, announced yesterday a lawsuit that will challenge the language of Minnesota’s statutes for farm winery licenses. Currently, the statute mandates that Minnesota wineries must use a majority of Minnesota-grown grapes in their yearly winemaking output. The lawsuit … [ Read more]

Solo Vino Rose Tent Tasting ’17: Tickets On Sale






It’s a sure harbinger of spring, and it’s bigger than ever before. Tickets are on sale now for the 9th annual Solo Vino Rosé Tent Tasting, Sunday May 21, from 2-5pm. What’s new this year: the LOCATION! This event is so popular, it’s overgrown its humble beginnings in Solo’s parking lot. The Lower Westend parking lot of St. … [ Read more]

TBF’s Erin Rolek named to F&W 2017 Sommeliers of the Year






The Bachelor Farmer’s Erin Rolek was named by Food & Wine Magazine as one of eight 2017 Sommeliers of the Year. “Rolek hunts for new discoveries in a city that’s just beginning to have a thrilling wine scene,” writes F&W. “Her 100-plus-bottle list hews to cool-climate wines that fit 
chef Paul Berglund’s cool-region cooking—it’s local … [ Read more]

Lessons for the 20-something wine drinker






The tension was palpable. Everyone was looking at me (everyone being my father and our waiter) and anticipating my next move. After a couple seconds of uncomfortable silence ticked by, it was too obvious. I had no idea what I was supposed to do. I always laughed at my father when a splash of wine … [ Read more]

In vino veritas: 24-hour red wine fountain opens in Italy






Eccola qui, solo oggi decine di persone sono venute a visitarla 🙂 Ringraziamo Radio 105 che domenica ha parlato a lungo di noi 😀 www.dorasarchese.it #doraesempre #dorasarchese #nitae #FontanadelVino A photo posted by Dora Sarchese (@dora_sarchese) on Oct 10, 2016 at 11:32pm PDT We hope your passport is up to date because Italy recently inaugurated … [ Read more]

Cannon River Winery plans expansion to double wine production






The saying goes that if you’re a Midwest winery, you’re in the wedding business first and the wine business second. Cannon River Winery of Cannon Falls, already one of the biggest wineries in Minnesota, has announced expansion plans that solidify the first goal and make serious efforts with the second. The winery was acquired by Ron Stowell, founder of … [ Read more]

Celebrate the harvest at these 10 Minnesota wineries






Across Minnesota, the nights are getting cooler, the days are getting shorter, and grapes are ripening on their vines as harvest season pushes summer out the door. All the hours spent tending to their vineyards come to fruition at harvest and beyond for Minnesota vintners, so it’s no wonder many of them mark this time of … [ Read more]

Spirits Close-Up: Sweet Vermouth






This month’s Craft Cocktail, The Fender Bender at Hi-Lo Diner, uses the sweet vermouth Carpano Antica (above, far left) to bring the flavors of the drink together. In this month’s Spirits Close-Up, we focus on this fortified wine, and why is makes sense to pop for the good stuff when mixing drinks that call for it. … [ Read more]

Winemaker Profile: Mike Drash and Josie Boyle of Chankaska Creek Ranch and Winery






In the cellar room at Chankaska Creek Ranch and Winery, just outside Kasota, Minnesota, there are three A-frame racks full of wine bottles. This is where sparkling wine gets riddled—and no, that doesn’t mean it gets asked trivia questions. Riddling is how the bottle-fermented wine gently loses the dead yeasts that have created its bubbles. … [ Read more]

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Wine in the age of beer: A lesson in hedonism






Ten short years ago, in 2006, I was at the newly reopened Town Talk Diner enjoying a glass of wine. Tim Niver was behind the bar, working his magic on the crowd. A couple in their early 20s, sat next to me and started off their dinner with a craft beer (after extensive questions regarding … [ Read more]

Bye Bye Burgundy: How a warming climate is changing the landscape of wine






I was waiting in line to speak to a wine shop owner in San Francisco when I struck up a conversation with a winemaker visiting from Italy. She and I started talking about the Cascadia fault in Oregon and the potential of much of the vineyard land sliding into the Pacific Ocean when the ‘big … [ Read more]