Amazing Summer Values

“The beat goes on” as Sonny Bono once said, and the summer of 2016 just keeps rolling. We are in back-to-school mode at my house, but that doesn’t mean we don’t need wine. If you are like me, you’re looking for fun and interesting (not to mention great tasting)...

A Toast to Robert Hall

It’s been two years now since Robert has been gone and it feels good to have his presence in the stores again. We’ve always carried the Hall wines, but it’s time to focus some attention on them. Tasting through the current offerings made by his longtime winemaker Don...

More European Finds!

Rest assured the wine buyer is doing his job! Let’s take a little trip starting in the rolling hills above Lyon. The Beaujolais countryside is something a Minnesotan can take to heart and speaking of heart, the people of Beaujolais have got it in spades! The wine is...

When the Numbers Don’t Lie

First of all, with regards to wine ratings in magazines, I view them as a reference or an affirmation, not as dogma. I like to taste for myself first and make up my own mind. The wines this week all have scores in the Wine Advocate of 90 points or higher. I’ve tried...

Alison’s Wonderland

Alison Crowe is a lucky woman. She also is a hardworking go-getter with a ton of winemaking experience, considering her age. When she was 17, she put her parents on notice that she was going to be a winemaker.  She graduated from high school, enrolled at UC Davis and...

LOCATION(S), LOCATION(S), LOCATION(S)

Dave Phinney might not have ever gotten into the wine world if not for a college break trip to Italy. It was then that he had an “aha” moment with wine and food. When the young man returned to the U.S. he changed his major and dove in head first. He got his first wine...
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