Minnesota-made Wine Pairings
Cannon River GoGo Red
Grandma “GoGo” was a good woman and a good cook, and the wine that carries her name (nicknamed as such when her granddaughter couldn’t pronounce “grandma”) lives up to her legacy. First created in 2006 by Cannon River winery owners Maureen and John Maloney, GoGo Red is the everyman’s red wine, appreciated by those who adore a dry red, but also loved by those who didn’t think they even liked reds. “It has a very loyal following in the metro area,” explains Maureen. Composed of 100-percent estate-grown Minnesota grapes Sabrevois and Frontenac, this soft and fruity wine carries aromas of blackberry jam and wild berries.
The winery itself is situated on a high south-facing slope in the Sogn Valley, which happens to be the same longitude as many French vineyards. “We’ve got a great grape growing region,” says Maureen. “…just with winter to contend with.” $14.
Because of its sweet hints, this wine goes great with spicy foods like Thai, Chinese and Mexican. It also makes a perfect sangria in the summer, and in the fall and winter, Jerry’s corporate manager of home economics/consumer services Carol Jackson recommends mulling it with a few fruits and spices for a perfect cold weather warmer.
Overall, though, the folks at Cannon River call it their “pizza wine.” Try a take-and-bake homemade pizza ($9.99) from Jerry’s Café and enjoy a cozy night in with a glass of vino. As Cannon River Winery co-owner John says, “Pizza is great, but I think this wine is better enjoyed with friendly conversation next to a warm fire. Some wines go beyond food pairings."
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