White Wine 101: It’s all in the grapes

“I don’t like Chardonnay. They’re too oaky.” “Cabs are too dry.” “Merlots are…eww, merlot.” Everyone has an opinion on the wine they like and usually an even stronger opinion of the wines they don’t. That’s good. That’s great, in fact. But bear something in mind next time you hate on a particular grape: Don’t blame … [ Read more]

Cannon Falls Wine & Art Fest

The Cannon Falls Wine & Art Fest is in its eighth year and features over a dozen regional wineries and cideries, plus food vendors and a variety of art to peruse and purchase (over 80 vendors in all). The Wine Market: One aspect that makes this festival unique is that it is a combined wine … [ Read more]

How to explore the world of wine without going broke

  For a long while, being educated about wine made you fancy or, so it seemed, automatically a snob. Knowing about liquor meant you were a drunk. Knowing about sake made you exotic but somehow not in a good way. Knowing about beer, though, went from being blue-collar to kinda cool to being practically mandatory … [ Read more]

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]

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]

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]

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]

Minnesota Spoon: Wine pairing with Jill Mott

Earlier that afternoon, just outside Jon Wipfli’s patio door, an entire boneless leg of lamb had twirled slowly on a string suspended above a hardwood fire for six hours or so, dripping occasional runnels of fat into the coals, and wrapping itself gradually in a cloak of char. Now, on the cutting board in front … [ 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]

Through the Grapevine: 6 experts weigh in on the world of modern wine

Illustrations by Brent Schoonover Your local wine store has a thousand different bottles. Half of the labels aren’t in English. New trends arise with every vintage, and it’s hard to know which to chase and when to stick to your go-to bottle instead. Fortunately, we know a few wine experts in the Twin Cities. So … [ Read more]

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