How to Celebrate Beaujolais Nouveau in the Twin Cities

Categories: Wine, Wine Events

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Lindsey Turner

Le Beaujolais Nouveau est arrivé!

Today, fans around the world will be celebrating the arrival of this year's Beaujolais Nouveau 2014 -- a young and playful wine fresh off the vines from the southernmost tip of Burgundy.

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Twin Cities Wine Guru, Bill Summerville, on His Collection for Spoon and Stable

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Had a memorable meal in Minneapolis lately? Chances are good that Bill Summerville had something to do with the experience.

After leaving his long-held post as managing director and sommelier at La Belle Vie this past spring, Summerville has been in project mode. He partnered with chef Erik Anderson on a well-received fried chicken and Champagne pop-up at Travail and designed the wine programs at the Third Bird and Sea Change. He then traveled, tasted, and studied his way through hundreds of bottles to create the perfect collection for Gavin Kaysen's North Loop hot spot, Spoon and Stable, where Summerville is general manager and wine director.

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A Guide to Vegan and Biodynamic Wines in the Twin Cities

Categories: Wine, Wine 101

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Alma Guzman

We are fortunate here in the Twin Cities. Our fair homeland boasts a veritable cornucopia of culinary selections, catering to every possible dietary restriction, adventurous palate, and food trend. It seems that there is hardly a restaurant without a handful of menu items devoted to the gluten-averse, veggie-loving, lactose-intolerant among us. And it's not just diet-driven stuff, either: Our restaurant scene is all about local love, sustainable farming, and ethical cuisine. Those principles might as well be our dining commandments.

But how many times, after we've ordered that seared Wild Acres duck breast or vegan butternut squash ravioli, have we stopped to consider the glass of wine we've paired with it?

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Dessert Wines to Try and Where to Buy in the Twin Cities

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Dessert Wines to Try and Where to Buy in the Twin Cities

Categories: Wine, Wine 101

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People love wine. People love dessert. It seems fairly logical that dessert wine would be an incredibly popular thing to put in a glass after dinner. While not exactly under-appreciated, the world of dessert wine could be described as at least a bit under-explored. Fortified wines such as Vermouth, Port, and Sherry, and even infused wines such as Chinato could be considered part of the dessert wine family, but each of those topics deserves to be examined on its own.

Here we'll just focus on some common types of un-fortified wines that could pair well with desserts or even stand as dessert on their own.

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

Categories: Wine

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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

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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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Dawn Brodey
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

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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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