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Reflections on the Wine Awards 2018 Grand Tasting

Reflections on the Wine Awards 2018 Grand Tasting

The Twin Cities Wine Awards Grand Tasting was all we hoped it would be and more. Last Monday night the best of the local wine scene along with fantastic consumers celebrated, high fived, hugged, and laughed. And it was magical. Photo: the power trio of local wine lists. Desta Klein of Meritage (best wine list, […]

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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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A Basic Cheat Sheet For Ordering Wine At a Restaurant

After a recent wine class, a student named Alyssa shared an exciting story. She was out for dinner with her boss, and her boss’ boss, and (you guessed it) the boss’ boss’ boss. It was a French-fusion-meets-steakhouse restaurant in Chicago with a pretty extensive wine program including two full time sommeliers on staff. As they […]

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