Minnesota Wine!

Yes, you read the title correct, Minnesota wine! Who knew! Known more for extreme winters than wine, Minnesota is excelling at cold, hardy grape varieties like LaCrosse, St.Croix, and Frontenac. Referred to as hybrids, these grapes are a cross between two or more Vitis vinifera (or more commonly referred to as the European grapes, e.g.Read more

Sawtooth Winery

Today’s stop across the other 46 states is Sawtooth Winery, located in Nampa, Idaho, in the Snake River Valley AVA. Idaho is that other state located in the Pacific Northwest, well suited for growing many different Vinifera varieties. With 38 wineries to date and counting, the industry is thriving more than ever. Typically known forRead more

Williamsburg Winery Governor’s White

On Saturday, we were in the mood for a white to pair alongside a spicy, buffalo chicken wrap. That same evening, we had stopped into Total Wine, and finally picked up a bottle of the Governor’s White from the Williamsburg Winery. My sister has talked about this wine for a good year now, but I’llRead more

Doukenie Hope’s Legacy

After sharing our visit to Doukenie Winery on The Other 46, I was in the mood to open the Hope’s Legacy (formerly Hope’s Raspberry Merlot) dessert wine on Thursday night. As mentioned in my previous post, this bottle is simply delicious. Easily one of my favorites from Virginia. Perhaps it’s the raspberries or the simpleRead more

A Sparkling Wine from New Mexico!

I wasn’t sure what I was getting myself into when I purchased the Gruet Blanc de Noirs non vintage sparkling wine from Total Wine. After reading the recent Wine Spectator article (see my earlier post) on wine values around the world, I was excited to learn our local Total Wine carried several of the GruetRead more

Tiger Mountain Vineyards

My sister and husband visited recently from Atlanta and brought along some favorite Georgia wines from my previous visits. Their local Whole Foods carries a nice selection of local wineries year round, saving them a trip to North Georgia. The three bottles that made the trip were a Tiger Mountain Tannat, Tiger Mountain Cabernet FrancRead more

A Taste of North Carolina

In my quest to focus on wines from the other 46 states, I recently stumbled upon a Cabernet Sauvignon from North Carolina. What has become a weekly, and might I add expensive trip to Total Wine, I recently purchased the¬†Biltmore Estate Cabernet Sauvignon. I’m fortunate to have Total Wine close by with the selection, thusRead more