Little Minnesota in the Willamette: Winemakers from the North have staked their claim in Oregon’s wine scene

Pinot noir that seduces with satin-and-lace elegance. Riesling worthy of her exalted status as Queen of the White Wines. Chardonnay that walks a tightrope with both energy and grace. These are the kinds of wines coming out of arguably the most exciting wine region in the United States today—Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Over the years, several … [ Read more]

Spirits Close Up: Sherry

There’s no doubt that sherry can be an acquired taste. Sipped neat, one might find it tangy and robust, or acetic and brash. But paired with the right spirit or sugar, it can be transformed to show more like toffee, hazelnuts, and salted caramel. Here’s how to mix it. Bit player: Sherry is an oxidized, … [ Read more]

The best red wine region for your Thanksgiving dinner

Wines for the Turkey Day table should take into account the whole table, not just the bird. For me, November is all about Beaujolais. I know, I know, you may have heard this before. It is natural to think about gamay this time of year thanks to Beaujolais Nouveau, a wine made famous by its annual … [ Read more]

Happy Hour at Borough Bar

Good news for North Loopers…Borough is starting their happy hour Monday, November 13. Happy hour will be available at the Borough bar from 5-7pm Monday through Friday. Special happy hour offerings will include half-off select beer taps, $1/ounce pours of select wines, $6 craft cocktails on tap, and a special happy hour food menu.  

Happy Hour at Borough Bar

Good news for North Loopers…Borough is starting their happy hour Monday, November 13. Happy hour will be available at the Borough bar from 5-7pm Monday through Friday. Special happy hour offerings will include half-off select beer taps, $1/ounce pours of select wines, $6 craft cocktails on tap, and a special happy hour food menu.  

Happy Hour at Borough Bar

Good news for North Loopers…Borough is starting their happy hour Monday, November 13. Happy hour will be available at the Borough bar from 5-7pm Monday through Friday. Special happy hour offerings will include half-off select beer taps, $1/ounce pours of select wines, $6 craft cocktails on tap, and a special happy hour food menu.  

Happy Hour at Borough Bar

Good news for North Loopers…Borough is starting their happy hour Monday, November 13. Happy hour will be available at the Borough bar from 5-7pm Monday through Friday. Special happy hour offerings will include half-off select beer taps, $1/ounce pours of select wines, $6 craft cocktails on tap, and a special happy hour food menu.  

Happy Hour at Borough Bar

Good news for North Loopers…Borough is starting their happy hour Monday, November 13. Happy hour will be available at the Borough bar from 5-7pm Monday through Friday. Special happy hour offerings will include half-off select beer taps, $1/ounce pours of select wines, $6 craft cocktails on tap, and a special happy hour food menu.  

Red Wine 101: The 9 grapes you need to know

In the late 1970s, a historic pinot noir winery in Oregon had to make cabernet sauvignon from purchased grapes just to pay the bills because, at the time, no one was buying Oregon pinot. They hated doing it because it felt like selling out. But having had the opportunity to taste one of those cabs … [ Read more]

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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]