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    Find it Local Friday: New Year’s Drinks

    Welcome to the last hours of 2011. Here’s the excitement left on my list this year: 1. Finish Seasons 2 & 3 of How I met your Mother. 2. Run the clean cycle on the washing machine. 3. Listen to Carpe Season’s Winter Playlist while REFUSING to leave the house on New Year’s Eve. As wonderful as the local celebrations are, I’m not sure I have it in me this year. Settling in with a DVD, some cranberry cheesecake, and a glass of wine seems like the best plan. Whether you’re out on the town, heading to a house party with friends or staying in to watch Dick Clark, make…

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    Find It Local Friday: Wine

    “Wait…wine? In Minnesota? Seriously?” You betcha! When we bought our townhouse in 2009, the first major home project we did was to install a wine bar off our kitchen.  Our love for Minnesota wines was well-established before the locavore diet came along, evidenced by the collection of local bottles I can’t seem to part with.  When I serve a local wine at dinner, folks are surprised to learn Minnesota has a great selection of wines (yes, they taste good too!) and is becoming a well-known wine region in the United States.  Many of the cold-hearty grapes grown in the state have been developed through the U of M breeding program, and…