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Connecting the dots via Knudsen Vineyards

For me, this is what the wine industry is all about. Mid Summer, 1995: The Mall of America had been open for three years, and the hottest restaurant in the Mall was California Cafe. I was there waiting tables, scrapping together every bit of money I could while attending the University of Minnesota. I didn’t […]

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Which Came First? The Wine or the Keg?

The ultimate marker of Spring has occurred in the Twin Cities and thousands of people, including me, are more satisfied, nourished, and relaxed as a result. Yes, the seasonal restaurant Sea Salt at Minnehaha Falls is running full speed for the season, well staffed and ready to make people like you and me very happy. […]

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Q&A with Sommelier Michael Lee of Spoon and Stable, Minneapolis

When Bill Summerville departed Spoon & Stable, arguably the highest profile restaurant to open in the Twin Cities (and Rick Nelson’s Restaurant of the Year 2015), people like me wondered what would become of the wine program. Summerville, former wine director at La Belle Vie, crafted a wine list I compared to prog rock; “distinctive” hardly started […]

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