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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…

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    29 Bottles of Wine

    Last week we finished bottling our first home winemaking experiment.  I say “we” in the fondest sense because Greg is by far the wine expert in this domestic partnership. I drink what he pairs with my food and visit the wine shop with his notes on what to buy. We have great success in winemaking with our friends at Vine Park Brewing in St. Paul. However, this spring it was time to go at it alone.  End result:  29 bottles of German Müeller-Thurgau and a full wine fridge. Müeller-Thurgau was described to us as a mild white wine; it was the most popular grape variety in Germany before the Riesling…