Tux meets Tracht at GAI's annual dinner and wine event

GAI's Haus.

On Saturday, the Germanic American Institute will host its annual black-tie wine tasting and dinner event. Wearing their finest, guests will stroll up to a bona fide mansion on Summit Avenue and eat like kings... or Kaisers.

The five-course dinner, prepared by Haus chef Katrin Erdmann of Hanover, includes a smoked salmon-trout terrine, herb-crusted pork tenderloin, whiskey-glazed carrots with thyme, and pan-fried semolina dumplings. For dessert, attendees will savor kaiserschmarrn, a shredded, caramelized pancake, with goat cheese parfait.

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Deutsche Tage (German Days) 2013

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Taking it to the streets: Spill the Wine hosts Sip 'n' Streets

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Alma Guzman
Taking the party outside, where it's easier to clean up if you do any literal spilling of the wine
After moving her business from Washington Avenue to the corner of Lake and Bryant, Spill the Wine owner Katie Greeman has proven to be not only a petite force of nature, but a savvy businesswoman who knows how to fill a neighborhood niche. Spill the Wine is more than just an oenophile hangout, it's also a spot where you can come across neighbors, catch up with old friends, or settle in for a long, romantic date night.

This Sunday, Spill the Wine is taking that community vibe, plus wine and munchies, out to the street for the Sip 'n' Streets event.

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

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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Sip on Wine and Watch "A Year in Burgundy" with the Alliance Française

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Do you know what sets Burgundy wines apart from those made in Bordeaux, Napa Valley, or Tuscany? Not all wines are created equal, and even the most experienced oenophile can use a little brushing up on those wine-tasting skills every once in a while.

This October, join the Alliance Française in raising a glass (filled with Burgundy, of course) and learning about the region, the wine, and the people who make this celebrated drink.

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The Wedge seeks community input; Hennepin Whole Foods has opening date

Categories: Coming Soon, Wine
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Tell The Wedge where they should put their second location
The Wedge currently holds the unique distinction of selling more product per square foot than any other co-op in the country. This means (as anyone who has ever shopped there already knows) two things. First, it's always impossibly busy... and second, it's really too small to accommodate that much traffic. The solution? Expand, of course. The question? Where. 

In order to help make the most informed decision on where to put their second location and what areas they should emphasize in the remodel of their current store, the management team that runs the Wedge has released an in-depth survey.

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

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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Solo Vino fifth-annual rosé-tasting tickets go on sale

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Joy Summers
Every shade of pink from blush to bashful

Spring is ready to bloom bright and rosy as another annual sign of warmer weather arrives. Tickets for Solo Vino's annual tasting of blush-colored wines throughout the world are now on sale. For the fifth year, the giant tent will be raised in the St. Paul parking lot of the wine shop, but this year there will be some changes.

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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

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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