Solo Vino's Chuck Kanski has the list of best bubbly wine for your Fourth of July

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Marsha Trainer
Chuck in front of the bubbly at Solo Vino

Independence Day is upon us, which means hot weather, grilling, fireworks, and adding fizz to all that sizzle with the addition of a sparkling wine or two (or three). Bubblies are food-friendly chillers that can give your red, white, and blue festivities an extra pop of excitement.

Don't just take our word for it -- Solo Vino's Chuck Kanski shares three of his favorite sparkling wines for the occasion.

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The best wines for your Memorial Day weekend

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It's finally balmy here in the Twin Cities, so this Memorial Day will mean picnics, grills, and all manner of outdoor eats. Of course, someone will show up with the obvious beverage choice -- beer -- but what about wine? What quaffs will go well with your holiday grub?
To find the answer, we went to two local wine aficionados for their picks. Follow their lead and you'll look oh-so-savvy in front of your friends, family, and party guests.

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Solo Vino in St. Paul expands store selection and hosts largest rosé tasting yet

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Joy Summers
Think pink this May

Wine fanatics will soon notice a few changes when entering Solo Vino, St. Paul's beloved Selby Avenue wine shop. Space has been made for a beer cooler and shelves have been added to include a wider selection of hard alcohol. And that's not all that's expanding. This year owner Chuck Kanski has ordered the biggest tent yet for their sixth annual celebration of rosé.

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Fifth annual Savor Minnesota event in Shakopee celebrates local wine

On April 26 at Canterbury Park, Savor Minnesota hosts its fifth annual wine and food event
If locally produced wine is your thing, or you don't know a lot about it and want to, then mark you calendars for April 26 when Savor Minnesota takes over Shakopee's Canterbury Park, turning it into a celebration of locally grown grapes and locally produced food. This will be the event's fifth year and will feature over 40 Minnesota wineries, breweries, and various other food producers.

Thirsty event goers will receive a wine glass they can use to sample an array of local wines and beers while munching on treats from local producers like Caves of Faribault, the New French Bakery, and Olive on Tap. The event runs from 1 to 5 p.m. and tickets are $40 if purchased in advance and $45 at the door.

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Xcel Center now serving a fake loon sausage and Zenon Konopka's wine

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New and improved brats from Husnik's Sausage.

While you're reading this week's cover story about the Minnesota Wild's controversial new arrival, Matt Cooke, you may find yourself wondering what kinds of tasty foods will be available at the Xcel Energy Center this year. Indeed, there will be quite a few new menu options for sports fans and concert-goers.

Executive chef Jason Steidle tells Hot Dish that people are going to find improved cuisine with a focus on local foods and local inspiration. For example, among the many new foods being offered is a "Loon Sausage," made by South St. Paul's own Husnik's Sausage. The brat-style sandwich comes stuffed with cheese, wild rice, and -- no, not our state bird -- pork.

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JJ's Coffee + Wine Bistro opens seasonal rooftop location at Open Book

Categories: Coffee, News, Wine

E. Katie Holm
JJ's Coffee + Wine Bistro celebrates the opening of their Open Book rooftop deck location this weekend with drink specials and beautiful downtown views.

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Terzo opens Wednesday

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Italian wines (and a few beers too) start flowing at Terzo this Wednesday
We lamented the closing of Pierre's Bistro last fall, but as soon as we found out who the new tenant would be, our disappointment quickly turned to excitement. The Broder family, as in Broders' Pasta Bar and Broders' Cucina Italiana, revealed that they were planning a new wine bar for the space called Terzo, Italian for third. Because it's their third restaurant, you see.

Anyway, after many months of planning, selecting wine, and designing a new menu, Molly Broder told the Star Tribune's Rick Nelson that wine bar will officially open for business this Wednesday at 5:00 p.m.

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Von Schleinitz Riesling at Kings Wine Bar: A wintery white drink of the week

Kelly Moritz
German riesling is a surprisingly satisfying winter sipper

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Kings Wine Bar
$9/glass, $27/bottle

What else is there to do when faced with layers of sheer ice on every walking surface but granny-shuffle into the nearest neighborhood bar for some liquid relief? If that local watering hole happens to be the decidedly undivey Kings Wine Bar, it would be downright criminal not to settle in with something from the vine. With winds whipping subzero chills just out the window, make the unconventional choice to eschew those full, jammy reds for a riesling. The von Schleinitz 2008 Riesling peeks through the palate like the sun through heavy clouds and will become your new chilly-day go-to.

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Beaujolais Nouveau Day: Celebrate at Barbette

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Last year's vintage of Beaujolais Nouveau is making way for the new guy this Thursday

In America, there's a certain Thursday in November that wine drinkers look forward to. This is also true in France, but the holiday is a week earlier and it doesn't involve as much food, but it does involve a lot more wine. The point is, this Thursday is Beaujolais Nouveau Day! 

When the clocks strike midnight on the third Thursday of each November, Frenchmen from Normandy to Alsace flood the bistros and brasseries to get their first taste of the year's latest Beaujolais -- a fruity, barely fermented, super-young red wine made from gamay grapes. The fervor, fun, and festivity surrounding the release of Beaujolais has since inspired other countries to follow in the tradition, with Italians celebrating Vino Novello Day, and now we even honor nouveau wines in the U.S. -- all on this upcoming third Thursday in November.

Want to start a tradition of your own? Head to Barbette in Uptown. From Thursday to Sunday this week, they'll be hosting a four-course dinner where you can sample Beaujolais Nouveau from popular French winemaker Joseph Drouhin. 

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Top 10 wine bars in the Twin Cities

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Spending an evening at a great wine bar is one of life's most elegant, refined, and enjoyable dining experiences. Whether you're rediscovering a favorite wine; exploring little traveled regions, wineries, or varietals; seeking a perfect match of food and beverage; or just relaxing in good company, Twin Cities wine bars offer a world of taste adventures, and with so many opening in recent years, it's easy to find one nearby. Here are 10 of our favorite spots to pour a glass. They can be a destination in themselves or the perfect beginning or ending to a night on the town.

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