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Stop and smell the flowers (in your wine)

Stop and smell the flowers (in your wine)

Lilacs are in bloom. Need I say more? We are in that special window of time in Minnesota where the blossoms are drawing the bees, and wandering through the neighborhood the explosion of floral aromas makes me giddy. I’ve found myself looking over State Park maps, plotting camping trips. Cleaning up the canoe and camping […]

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A seriously good use of $20

Bargain eats for wine lovers can be tough to find, especially in the high tax district of downtown Minneapolis. More often than not a quick bite and a glass turns into sticker shock once it adds up. I remember clearly stepping into a beloved local institution of a restaurant off Marquette Avenue, determined to have […]

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Knudsen corks

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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