Bonny Doon founder and renegade winemaker Randall Grahm in town to talk terroir

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Bonny Doon's fearless leader, Randall Grahm

Calling all highbrow wine folk! Randall Grahm, the original Rhone Ranger who named his wine after a French law prohibiting flying saucers from traveling over certain vineyards and put Ralph Steadman's art on his bottles, is coming to town. He's one of the most compelling winemakers in the country and he'll be here to chat with Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl as part of the local What's Up? Pop Up series created by Sarah Lutman. They'll be at Open Book May 8, to gab about creating terroir in the New World.

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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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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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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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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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