Gopher State Grapes

Matthew Clark

When searching for great domestic wineries, Minnesota might not be the first place you think of looking. Yet, cold-climate Minnesota boasts 80 wineries. The key is breeding grapes that can handle the cold, something scientists at the University of Minnesota have been researching for decades. Read more about Gopher State Grapes


Wine of the Times

Wine can be appreciated all year, but it’s especially apropos during the holiday season. Dinner parties, restaurant gatherings and holiday gift giving tend to make wine top of mind for many revelers. So, with stemware in one hand, we connected with local experts for information to help would-be wine drinkers get more comfortable buying, ordering and gifting wine during the holidays, or for that matter, any time of year. Because, anytime can be wine time. Read more about Wine of the Times


Patio Pick

drinking wine while reading on patio

I’m a sucker for a good wine label, but there is rarely a correlation between the label and the quality of the wine. This month’s recommendation is an exception at a fantastic price. I recently put together a recommended list of wines by the glass for a local restaurant, and this was one of my highlights. Forte do Cego from Portugal is a red blend of syrah, Castelão and Touriga Nacional (the most recognized red grape of Portugal). I can imagine drinking this on a patio in Lisbon with petiscos despite having never been there. Read more about Patio Pick



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