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

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Kelly Moritz
German riesling is a surprisingly satisfying winter sipper

Von Schleinitz Riesling 2008
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. 

Here's the menu:

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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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Top 10 craft cocktail bars in the Twin Cities

Top 10 late-night restaurants in the Twin Cities
Top 10 romantic restaurants in the Twin Cities

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Solera's expanded wine list features Spain's best

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Solera's expanded wine list features 85 bottles from Spain
I've finally stumped Jay Viskocil. For the last hour, Solera's general manager and beverage aficionado has been giving me a tour through the restaurant's expanded wine list, which now boasts 85 bottles from over 20 regions. As I've pelted him with questions about everything from Rioja to Rueda to Ribera del Duero, he's volleyed everything back.

Until now.

Dressed in a tailored dark jacket, he looks appropriately mid-day casual. And as the gray winter light filters through the floor-to-ceiling windows at his back, he thoughtfully taps his fingers on the copper tabletop between us.

"It's so hard to choose..." he muses. And then finally, looks over and gives me a smirk:

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Sea Change's new Blind Tasting offers mystery in a glass

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Sea Change Raw Bar
Holly Carson grabs a clean white towel and nestles an oyster inside. With a few firm flicks of the knife, crack!, she's in. And I bet she could do the next one with her eyes closed.

Since Sea Change opened in 2009, Carson (chef at the raw bar) has probably shucked thousands of oysters--and I've just ordered a dozen more. She neatly arranges the half-shells on a bed of crushed ice. And since I'm sampling three different varieties, she adds a lemon wedge to signal where one ends and another begins.

As she places the plate in front of me, wine director Bill Summerville grabs the seat to my left. He'll be my personal guide this evening, talking me through the finer points of wine and oyster pairings--which is a very good thing, because I've just been poured three glasses of white. And I have no clue what they are.

Which is exactly how this is supposed to work.

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Alexis Bailly Vineyard lines up stellar cellar tastings for late fall

Categories: Wine, Wine Events

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Sam Haislet
Nan Bailly of Alexis Bailly Vineyard, with Leon, the original Winery Dog
The harvest is in at Alexis Bailly Vineyard in Hastings, and word is that it was a very good year. Summer's rain + sun + temperature yielded a bumper crop of grapes at Minnesota's oldest winery. To celebrate the harvest and taste the wine, the winemakers have come up with a creative slate of wine-centric fun for November and December.

Mark your calendars for the always popular Alexis Bailly Vineyard events:

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I Nonni wine tasting October 30

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I Nonni's wine shop and restaurant offer elite Italian bottlings
I Nonni Osteria in Lilydale is set to host its annual wine tasting, showcasing the very finest Italian wine available in our market, some of it only available at I Nonni.

The tasting will take place Sunday, October 30, from 3 to 6 p.m., featuring about 100 wines, with significant discounts for same-day orders. Here are details on how to get in on the action.

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St. Croix Vineyards hosts VIP wine tasting and tour

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Joy Summers
Of raisins and wine,a tale of a local vineyard
​Turning down the winding road that leads to St. Croix Vineyards, just outside of Stillwater, the afternoon sun basks the boughs of the apple trees and grapevines. A light afternoon breeze catches the branches, which seem to bow to acknowledge our arrival. The grounds, which share space with the Aamodt orchard, are lightly populated. The full fall rush of apple pickers has yet to descend.

Owners Paul Quast and Peter Hemstad greet us at the door.  The room smells of fresh-cut wood from the new deck just added to the front of the building. The room is full of people taking advantage of the $5 wine tasting that the vineyard offers. We've arrived for a VIP tour of the vineyard as well as a full tasting. 


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Solo Vino hosts rosé tent tasting

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​St. Paul's Solo Vino wine store on Selby will be hosting its third annual rosé tent tasting, come rain or shine, on Sunday May 15. Hopefully, at this point there will be some consistent sun to pair with the crisp, tart, and refreshing flavors of beautifully crafted wines from all over the world. Wine aficianados declare rosé to be where it's at for summer refreshment and an easy transition for those who prefer red to white. 

Tickets are available for $30. The event begins at 2 p.m. in the Solo Vino parking lot off Selby Avenue.

Solo Vino
517 Selby Ave, St. Paul
651.602.9515
Solo Vino website


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