Meet Your Maker @ St. Peter Lutheran Watertown

Join us for a Minnesota craft beverage experience Saturday, October 7, 2017. Take a trip out to the country and sample some outstanding Minnesota-made beer, cider, wine, and spirits from around the state. There will also be live music performed by 4/4 Jazz. Tickets are $25 per person in advance and $30 at the gate. … [ Read more]

Cold Climate Wine Competition 2017: La Crescent, Marquette reign supreme

The Growler was on hand to help judge the 2017 International Cold Climate Wine Competition, which always gives us a good barometer on the state of local wine. The competition is open to any winery using non-Vinifera, cold-hardy grape varieties to make wine, and some of the region’s finest wineries were among the winners this … [ 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]

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]

U of M releases “Itasca,” a new white grape for dry wines

The University of Minnesota’s grape breeding program has released a new variety. Itasca, the fifth-cold hardy variety released by the U of M since 1999, has high sugar levels but lower acidity, making it a prime candidate to be vinified as a dry wine. The U of M’s previous white varieties, La Crescent and Frontenac … [ Read more]

Drink local wine this winter with the Minnesota Wine Passport

Minnesota’s local wine industry has skyrocketed to over 70 wineries in a short period of time. Many are open year-round and now’s the time to visit to avoid the huge crowds. If you like the look of snow-covered vines, but would still rather be drinking inside, then perhaps the Minnesota Wine Passport is your ticket … [ Read more]

2015 International Cold Climate Wine Competition

The very best in cold climate wine was sipped, spit and judged in St. Paul on Tuesday. The results are in for the 2015 International Cold Climate Wine Competition, and The Growler was there to taste it all. Here’s all you need to know: 2015 Winners and Standouts MN Governor’s Cup (Best MN Wine) and Best … [ Read more]

Thoughts on the 2014 Int’l Cold Climate Wine Competition

Judging the International Cold Climate Wine Competition always gives me a nice baseline to gauge the state of the local wine industry. Herein, a few thoughts on local wine following the 2014 competition: 1. Dry Whites are improving: The Achilles heel for the cold climate wine industry has been development of a white grape that’s well … [ Read more]