The Waconia Wine Triangle: How a Twin Cities suburb became a hotbed for cold-climate wines

As a thunderstorm rolls across the prairie, Ben Banks rests a finished bottle flat and deftly hand-labels his new vintage release. Disturbing the zen of the moment, he looks up to give me a warm handshake. Banks leads the winemaking at Sovereign Estate, his family’s winery established in 2008 on the north shore of Lake … [ Read more]

Waconia Wine Country Winter Wassail 2018

A day of sampling all that Waconia Wine Country has to offer! Parley Lake Winery, Schram Vineyards, and Sovereign Estate will bring you a day of sampling, music, food, and memories. Ticket includes (3) sample pours. Advanced Tickets: $35 per person (includes ALL wineries) At The Door: $15 per person (only good for winery at … [ Read more]

Drink these Minnesota-made 2016 gold medal wines

The Growler was on hand to help judge the 2016 International Cold Climate Wine Competition. We’ve found that the quality of cold-hardy wines has grown exponentially in the last five or six years. Local wineries are accruing a much better grasp on growing and bottling these new wine grape varieties that are suited to the upper Midwest. Our … [ Read more]