Author Archive | Bill Ward

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Familiar Spaces With (Mostly) New Faces

Note from Jason: This is a guest post from Bill Ward,  the Star Tribune’s wine columnist and producer of awesomeness at www.decant-this.com. Photo to the right from The Wine Thief’s Facebook page. *** At this time of year, we tend to look back in time. But usually only to this particular annum. I’m hopping into the […]

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Drink Oregon Pinot for a good cause

OK, let’s see. Seriously worthy cause? Check. A bunch of awesome wines? Major check. Sublime setting? Check. Bocce ball? But of course. The Stars of Oregon breast-cancer benefit almost looks like a too-good-to-be true deal, especially since it costs a pittance. But it’s for real, and a real deal. For $20, you can sample 85 […]

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Marquette Grapes, a Coming of Age Story

Minnesota vintners have had a tough row to hoe over the years, especially if the row contained red grapes. Some of the hybrids crafted decades ago by Elmer Swenson made some passable wine. But the same U of M outfit that created the Honeycrisp apple has not had as much success with red grapes. Frontenac, […]

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