August 17, 2017

Where’s the Local on the Wine List?

The local food movement has pushed farm fresh produce to the menus of top restaurants around the country, yet the movement stops short when it comes to local wines. Even restaurants hailed as leaders in local sourcing often have few, if any, local wines. A study of the menus of six of the top rated Twin Cities “locavore” restaurants reveals only one carries Minnesota wine – and they offer only a … [Read more...]

“Minnescato” – Moscato Wine From Minnesota

I’ve watched the American love affair with Moscato wines for the past four years. I’ve seen sales rise dramatically; in some years the increases have been as high as 100%, particularly for Italian produced Moscatos.It reminds me of the rise of  White Zinfandel in the 80's.  Like white zin, young drinkers are powering Moscato’s rise. I’ve experienced this at our tasting bar, with Moscato … [Read more...]

Carlos Creek Helping to Name New Grape

Carlos Creek Winery in Alexandria, Minnesota is asking for wine drinkers' help with naming two new highly anticipated red wine varieties developed by the renowned grape breeder Tom Plocher.  The two new grapes are currently known only as T.P. 1-1-34 and T.P. 2-11-17.But that's about to change. One hundred potential names have been submitted already, according to Tamara Bredeson of Carlos … [Read more...]

Coming Soon: A New Red Wine That’s a Pearl

A new hybrid red wine, Petite Pearl, is now in production at several Midwest wineries and should be available soon. 2012 will be the first commercial vintage of Petite Pearl. Previously, only test samples have been made.Bred by Tom Plocher in 1996, Petite Pearl is a cross between MN 1094 and E.S. 4-7-26. ("MN" and "E.S" are abbreviations for The University of Minnesota and Elmer Swenson.) … [Read more...]

Frontenac Gris Grape Moves Beyond Minnesota

During 1992,  a new grape variety was discovered by Peter Hemstad in the vineyard at the University of Minnesota’s Horticulture Research Center. According to Katie Cook,  enology project leader at the University of Minnesota, the new grape, called Frontenac Gris, was a single bud mutation of  Frontenac berries growing on a vine that normally bears black fruit. “We see a lot of Frontenac … [Read more...]