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

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

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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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Solo Vino's rosé tasting a just-sweet-enough success

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Actually, a rose by another name isn't quite as sweet
Despite a bit of gray in the skies and a weekend packed with events, the fourth-annual Rose Wine Tasting at Solo Vino Wines was a smashing success -- literally. The event kicked off with an honorary glass smashing, followed by owner Chuck Kanski graciously picking up the pieces.

There were 144 wines to sample, and not all were pink.

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Solo Vino's fourth-annual rosé tasting is set

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Think, swirl, and sip pink at Solo Vino's annual tasting event
It's appropriate that the traditional four-year anniversary gift is flowers. Sunday, May 20, expect a showering of rosés--the wine kind--to be poured from the parking lot at St. Paul's premiere wine shop Solo Vino. Owner Chuck Kanski promises this year's event will be spectacular, with pours of over 130 wines from more than 10 countries..

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Cannon River Winery hosts Meet the Winemaker

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Sip and tour a Minnesota winery
​This summery spring has the open road calling. What better way to celebrate the warm breeze than spending the day at a not-too-far-away winery? On Saturday, April 7, Cannon River Winery in downtown Cannon Falls will be hosting its annual Meet the Winemaker event. The winery, which is less than an hour away, will have wine, food, and music on hand, and the event is free.

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W.A. Frost will host Anti-Nouveau Beaujolais tasting this Thursday

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There's more to Beaujolais wines than Nouveau
On Thursday, November 17, while celebrations of the release of Beaujolais Nouveau take place across town (most prominently at the Jeune Lune Event Center), W. A. Frost and Company will be inviting wine lovers to explore the lesser-known wines of Burgundy's southernmost sub-region. Guests at the "Anti-Nouveau Beaujolais Tasting" will be invited to sample Villages and Cru wines from Beaujolais, as well as an assortment of hors d'oeuvres.

"Nouveaux are wines that are too young to have really developed any nuance or character, and they've hurt the reputation of the more serious wines from Beaujolais," says Ryan Huseby, beverage director at W. A. Frost. "We want to give people the opportunity to taste some of these wines that are much more reminiscent of an elegant red Burgundy than of fresh grape juice."

The Anti-Nouveau Tasting will be open from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. this Thursday, coinciding with the release of the Nouveau. The cost is $35 per person, and reservations are required.

Beaujolais Nouveau is coming: Here's where to celebrate like the French

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All Beaujolais is not nouveau, bit it's a reason to have a good time
November 17! Mark your calendar. The third Thursday of November is the traditional debut of the world's freshest, least pretentious wine: Beaujolais Nouveau.

One of the best places to celebrate this year may be at the Jeune Lune Event Center (105 N. First St.) in Minneapolis, at an event organized by the French-American Chamber of Commerce. You'll be able to enjoy much more than just innocent, unspoiled Nouveau. French wine, local star chefs, and local musicians will all come together from 6 to 10 p.m. on Thursday the 17th.

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